BLACKPINK looked back on 2017 and opened up about their goals for this year in an interview at the 27th Seoul Music Awards.
While talking about how 2017 was for them, Jisoo said, “I don’t think we were able to showcase a variety of activities as a team. But it was a year where each member took on new challenges like radio shows, variety programs, and being MCs.” Jennie added, “We were only able to have one round of musical promotions, and we had a lot of time to practice and prepare a better version of ourselves as musicians.” Lisa stated, “We made our debut in Japan last year. It was nice to be able to meet our international fans as well,” while Rosé stated, “It was a year for us to think about what we can do to show a new side of ourselves as singers in our next album.”
The members were also asked about the album they are preparing to release this year and Jennie said, “In ‘As If It’s Your Last,’ we showcased a brighter and more bubbly side of ourselves than before. I think we’ll be coming back with a more powerful concept this time,” and Jisoo stated, “We always want to try out new concepts. A lot of people told us that ‘As If It’s Your Last’ was different from our previous songs, and I hope we hear that for our upcoming album too.” Rosé chimed in with, “I hope we hear that we’ve grown and matured as singers. We’ve been thinking about our musical path a lot. And I hope people are able to see that in our songs.”
Finally, BLACKPINK shared their goals for 2018. Jisoo stated that she hopes 2018 is a year where they can do a lot of the things that fans have been hoping for as she added, “Repaying our fans for waiting for us and supporting us is always on our minds. I hope we’re able to do a lot of different activities for our fans.”
Jennie concluded the interview with, “We hope to become a group that excels in a variety of fields. We appeared on our first variety show last year, and I hope we continue to grow into a group that is good at everything. We’ve begun showing a funnier side to ourselves through ‘BLACKPINK House,’ which began airing on January 6 on JTBC2, and we hope people will be excited for what we’ve got planned.”