Blackpink has been announced as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Advocates. Earlier this year, On February 25, the members of BLACKPINK attended a formal appointment ceremony at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul, where they received a personal letter written by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Along with this, Blackpink’s Lisa becomes the first female solo artist to become a half million-seller. Read on to know more.
BLACKPINK: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates
On September 18, YG Entertainment announced that BLACKPINK has become the first Asian artist ever to be nominated as a representative of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Following their appointment as UN Secretary-General António Guterres, BLACKPINK members commented, “We are delighted to join this journey towards a better world.”
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the basis of 17 broad goals aimed at achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. The goals address many of the world’s challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. As new advocates for the UN SDGs, BLACKPINK will help raise awareness of 17 goals and the importance of achieving them.
Letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Blackpink
On February 25, the members of BLACKPINK attended a formal appointment ceremony at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul, where they received a personal letter written by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In his letter, Boris Johnson congratulated BLACKPINK on the success of their recent video raising awareness about climate change, writing, “Your recent video ‘Climate Action in Your Area #COP26’ was a huge success, being viewed over 10 million times across social media platforms. Climate change is the most important issue of our time… it is fantastic that you have chosen this moment to lend your voices to this critical issue.”
Simon Smith, the British Ambassador to South Korea, commented, “The British Embassy Seoul is thrilled to be working with BLACKPINK and YG Entertainment ahead of COP26. We need to act now to protect our planet for future generations. We hope all the BLINKs around the world will join us on this journey.”
Meanwhile, the members of BLACKPINK remarked, “The first step is to educate ourselves about climate change. We need to know what’s happening because it affects all of us. We want to learn more, and we hope our fans do too.”
The upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, which is scheduled to take place in the United Kingdom in November 2021, will bring together world leaders with the goal of accelerating the urgent action needed to combat climate change.
In December BLACKPINK appeared in a video promoting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, this November under Britain’s presidency.
The quartet is considered one of the most influential musicians on social media, boasting some 57.7 million subscribers for its YouTube channel, the second most after American pop star Justin Bieber. (Yonhap)
Welcome #BLACKPINK to the UN family!— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) September 17, 2021
They have engaged with @COP26 to encourage young people to take #ClimateAction to protect the planet and were appointed today by Secretary General @antonioguterres as our new Sustainable Development Goals #SDG advocates.@ygofficialblink pic.twitter.com/HTXhX7wWSs
BLACKPINK’s Lisa breaks records with “Lalisa”
Shortly after dropping on September 10, Lisa’s album “Lalisa” received a surprising response, sweeping iTunes charts around the world and breaking various YouTube viewing records globally.
In addition to this, Lisa recorded the first 330,129 albums sold on the day of release, an increase of 88,356 copies on the fourth day, reaching a date of more than 420,000 albums per day. On the last day of the week (September 10-16), nearly 250,000 albums were sold for a total of 736,221 for the first few weeks.
This makes Lisa the first female artist to become a first-time album salesman for the first week, Hanteo Chart has announced that “they will be issuing a gold certificate showing Initial Chodong [the first week of release] for a sale price of more than 500,000 copies.” Lisa’s theme breaks the record for the first week’s album sales among all female artists and is also the first week of album sales in Hanteo history. For female artists, the top three places are now held by Lisa, BLACKPINK, and Rosé, which shows the popularity of the band.