BLACKPINK Rosé’s debut solo album ‘R’ has finally arrived .It dropped alongside a music video for lead single, ‘On The Ground’.
Rosé ‘On the Ground’ MV Release
YG Entertainment revealed the music video for the BLACKPINK’s member’s debut solo single and while it’s brief, it encapsulates high-fashion glamour coupled with Rosé’s cool insouciance. As the hype for Rosé’s debut solo album builds, so do the records she’s breaking. Rosé’s debut -R- has now become the first female soloist album to surpass 200,000 preorders on the K-pop retail site Ktown4u
The cinematic clip opens on the K-pop star at a theatre before closing out with a dreamy scene of her dancing in a field of roses. “I worked my whole life / Just to get high, just to realise / Everything I need is on the ground,” she sings. Watch the video below:
‘R’ marks Rosé’s first-ever solo release since making her debut in BLACKPINK in 2016. The two-track project also includes the song ‘Gone’, which she debuted live during BLACKPINK’s online concert The Show in January. Both songs are sung in English.
At a press conference earlier today (March 12), Rosé said that she had a lot of input while making her debut solo project, from the cover art to songwriting. “Since our fans have waited for it for such a long time, I wanted it to be satisfying,” she said, per Korea Herald. “I attended a lot of meetings to convey my opinions for the album, from its cover design to my first song writing.”
She added that she reminisced on her pre-debut days and passion for music while making the record. “I reflected on myself and realised how much I love music, get comforted and have grown with it. I wrote the songs in English as I thought it was the most fitting language for them. I hope they can comfort listeners as well.”
Rosé also revealed that she had originally recorded ‘Gone’ for the first time two years ago. Meanwhile, ‘On The Ground’ was only recorded recently.
BLACKPINK is one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea and Internationally. The group consists of 4 girls, Lisa, Rose, Jennie, and Jisoo. Although BLACKPINK doesn’t release a lot of music (9 tracks in 3 years) they continue to get new fans every year. They released their first-ever full album in 2020, THE ALBUM, and have been hinting towards the member’s solo works for a while now.
The other three Blackpink members have also tried their hand at solo projects in music and on television. Jennie made her solo debut with the single Solo in 2018, while Lisa works as mentor in dance reality series Youth With You Season 2 streaming on Chinese streamer iQIYI.
Jisoo has tried her hand in acting and will be making her debut as a lead in the upcoming drama Snowdrop alongside acton Jung Hae-in.
New Records in the Bag of Rosé
Her first Solo Album Ever
History with Pre-order sales: The first female soloist album to surpass 200,000 preorders on the K-pop retail site Ktown4u
Over 10 million views on YouTube in just 4 hours: Currently streaming on YouTube at BLACKPINK Official YouTube Channel
Over 2 million Twitter tweets since yesterday 11th March 2021
The music video sees the star in her glamorous best avatar, running in streets filled with destruction and also features some of her quiet moments in a destroyed home filled with flowers.
“I used to have a hole in the wall with a mattress/ It’s funny when you want it/ Suddenly you have it/ You find out that your gold’s just plastic” she raps in the track accompanied by the soothing strumming of the guitar. Here’s a compilation of the reaction “On the ground” garnered.
Listen to ROSE’s “R” here: