BLACKPINK Concert Had Awkward Vibes? Korean Journalist Says So
According to a journalist for Seoul News (http://www.seoul.co.kr/news/newsView.php?cp=seoul&id=20181112500139#csidx50deb429d29e87b9a23056522b917ba), while BLACKPINK naturally performed very well during their recent independent concert, the interaction between the girl group and the audience was surprisingly dull.
When we think of K-Pop idol concerts, we imagine blasts coming from the audience with names being screamed and fan chants. However, it was the complete opposite in this case.
Being the first BLACKPINK concert that the journalist attended, the writer began to make comparisons of the vibes of all the K-Pop concerts that the writer attended. Like many K-Pop concerts, there were crowds of people waiting outside when BLACKPINK performed at the KSPO Dome on November 10th and the 11th.
The journalist stated that BLACKPINK’s performance was much beyond her expectations and that she was blown away. But something seemed a little off. Applauses from the audience were very formal and the whole concert felt more like an open concert rather than one attended by BLINKS. And in addition, BLACKPINK members would try to interact with the audience by screaming “BLINKS!”. But the problem was that barely anyone in the audience actually knew what BLINKS were and rather seemed confused.
And given that holding a concert at KSPO Dome is something that only idol groups with large fan bases are capable of pulling off, it has always been a concern since there is a stereotype in K-Pop that girl groups aren’t as big as boy groups. However, BLACKPINK were backed by several sponsorships from big corporations, and it seems to have eased the concern over the question of whether they would be able to fill the venue with enough audience members.
This is where the journalist pointed a problem. BLACKPINK members introduced all their sponsors during their concert, causing the vibe of the concert to become even more awkward and slightly comical. When Jennie introduced one of their sponsors as the “biggest credit card company in Asia”, it caused an enormous amount of laughter from the crowd. JiSoo introduced a shampoo company by asking the audience how her hair looked.
While promotion and sponsorships are never a bad thing, the journalist concluded that using this method to fill an enormous venue was not something that a popular K-Pop idol group would conventionally do, while also stating that it was rather unsuitable.
What do you think of the experience told by this journalist? Did BLACKPINK fill the venue through the support of corporate sponsorships?