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Jennie wearing a white blouse crossing her arms. Her hair is down.
Jennie for Marie Claire Korea in October 2018
Native name
Born (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 23)
Seoul Capital Area, South Korea
  • Singer
  • rapper
Musical career
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2012–2013, 2016–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Je-ni
McCune–ReischauerKim Cheni
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Jennie Kim (Korean김제니; born January 16, 1996), better known by the mononym Jennie, is a South Korean singer and rapper. She debuted as a member of the girl group Blackpink in August 2016 under YG Entertainment.

Life and career[edit]

1996–2015: Early life and career[edit]

Jennie Kim was born in the Seoul Capital Area, South Korea on January 16, 1996, and is her family's only child.[2][3][4] At the age of 9, she was sent abroad to study at ACG Parnell College in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2006, Jennie made a short appearance on MBC’s documentary "English, Must Change to Survive", where she spoke about her experiences in learning a new language.[5] In 2010, she moved back to South Korea and participated in an audition held by YG Entertainment, later successfully joining the label as a trainee.[6]

In 2012, she featured on labelmate Lee Hi's song "Special" from studio album First Love as well as appeared in Big Bang's G-Dragon's music video "That XX".[7] In 2013, she featured on G-Dragon's single Black and GG Be by Seungri.[8] On September 12, 2013 Jennie appeared on Mnet's M Countdown with G-Dragon for his single Black.[9]

2016–present: Blackpink and solo debut[edit]

In August 2016, Jennie debuted as main rapper and vocalist of the girl group Blackpink. The group has released one Japanese studio album, Blackpink in Your Area, as well as three extended plays, Blackpink, Square Up and Kill This Love.

In mid-October 2018, an announcement of Jennie's official solo debut was made.[10] It was decided that her single "Solo" would first be revealed at Blackpink's In Your Area tour in Seoul ahead of release on November 12.[11] "Solo" became the most viewed music video by a female K-pop solo artist of all time, soon surpassing 300 million YouTube views within six months.[12][13][14] In South Korea, "Solo" claimed the number one spot on the Digital and Streaming charts on Gaon Chart for two consecutive weeks.[15] Jennie later received her first-ever music show win as a solo artist on SBS' Inkigayo on November 25.[16]

Other ventures[edit]


Jennie faces to the left and holds both her hands in front of her chest, palms outward.
Jennie at a fansign for Blackpink's Square Up, June 24, 2018.

Jennie was chosen as the new model for Chanel Beauty and shot her first pictorial for the brand with Harper's Bazaar Korea as their new muse in January 2018.[17][18] Jennie became the house ambassador of Chanel Korea in June and attended the launch of Chanel's new fragrance "Les Eaux De Chanel" in Deauville, France. She met and interviewed Chanel's House perfumer, Olivier Polge and shot a pictorial for his new collection of fragrances with Cosmopolitan Korea.[19][20] She became Chanel's Global Ambassador in October and attended her first Chanel fashion show as a Korean representative during Paris Fashion Week, sitting front row next to Pharrell Williams and Pamela Anderson.[21] In March 2019, the French fashion house official announced Jennie as the Global/House Ambassador of Chanel, also joining labelmate G Dragon.[22][23]

Hera, a South Korean luxury beauty brand owned by Amore Pacific, announced in January 2019 that they had chosen Jennie as their new model due to her "elegant and luxurious" image. She will represent the brand alongside actress Jun Ji-hyun, as the company aims to expand its target audience through both models.[24][25] Jennie's first advertisement for the brand was in February for the Red Vibe lip series, the sales were five times higher than Hera's previous lip product and due to the growing popularity they are referred to as "Jennie's lipsticks".[26]


Since 2017, Jennie has been a supporter of the "Protect Our Family" campaign by Cheongdam Woori, Animal Hospital, which helps rescue and re-home abandoned pets.[27]



When Jennie first began to rap, she studied artists like Lauryn Hill and TLC, whose work she admires and respects.[28] Jennie cited Rihanna as her main influence and role model.[29]

Fashion, stage and voice[edit]

For her solo debut, she was very involved in the production of the outfits, concept, and choreography.[30] Jennie put together more than 20 outfits, for her music video. She recalled in an interview with Billboard that during the process she had thought about the way each outfit would accompany the song and what she could do differently, helping her to learn many different ways of approaching fashion.[31][32] Vocal coach Shin Yoo-Mi, who's worked with Blackpink for six years until they debuted, had trained Jennie during preparations for her solo debut. In an interview, she described Jennie as a multi-player who is good at singing, rapping, and writing lyrics.[33]

In April 2019, she became the first Korean solo artist to perform at Coachella. Her performance was listed under "The 10 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2019", with Billboard describing it as "mind-blowing" and "stunning" for fans and casual passersby.[34][35]

Impact and influence[edit]

She is known for her brand recognition and marketing power, having topped "Individual Girl Group Members Brand Power Ranking" consecutively.[36] The data is analysed and published monthly by the Korean Business Research Institute to demonstrate how much influence a celebrity has on consumers.[37] In 2018, she ranked second, receiving 12.2 percent of the votes in the Most Favorite Idols survey conducted annually by Gallup Korea, which involved 1,501 Korean men and women aged 13 to 29 as respondents.[38][39]

Jennie was awarded by Instagram as the "Most Loved Account of 2018" in South Korea, based on the number of views and likes received by Instagram stories and posts shared that year.[40][41]

Forbes acknowledged Jennie's contribution of "gaining a new foothold in Korea's beauty trends", as one of the reasons why Blackpink ranked topped Forbes Korea Power Celebrity in 2019.[42]


Single albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
Solo 2

As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Certifications


US World
"Solo" 2018 1 1 67 11 22 2 13 80 2 1 Solo
  1. ^ The Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) introduced music recording certifications for albums, downloads and streamings in April 2018, for every record released after January 1, 2018.[45]

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

"Special" (Lee Hi featuring Jennie) 2013 21 16 First Love
"GG Be" (지지베) (Seungri featuring Jennie) 18 38 Let's Talk About Love
"Black" (G-Dragon featuring Jennie) 2 3 10 Coup D'etat
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2018 Village Survival, the Eight Cast member SBS [65]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Role Ref.
2018 "Solo" Han Sa-min Herself [66]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Works Result Ref.
2018 12th SBS Entertainment Awards Rookie Award (Female) Running Man,
Village Survival, the Eight
Nominated [67]
Scene Stealer Award Nominated [68]
2019 8th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – November "Solo" Won [69]
2nd M2 X Genie Music Awards The Female Solo Herself Nominated [70]


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  47. ^ QQ Music Charts:
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  49. ^ RIM Chart:
  50. ^ NZ Hot 40 Singles Chart:
  51. ^ Scottish Singles Chart:
  52. ^ RIAS Chart:
  53. ^ US World Chart:
  54. ^ Gaon Digital Chart:
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  58. ^ Solo - Platinum Certification for Streaming:
  59. ^ Billboard US World:
  60. ^ Gaon Weekly Digital Chart:
  61. ^ K-Pop Hot 100:
  62. ^ Sales for "Special":
  63. ^ Cumulative sales for "GG Be":
  64. ^ Cumulative sales for "Black":
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