Jennie Kim

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Jennie Kim
Jennie Kim for Marie Claire Korea Magazine on October 9, 2018 (5).png
Kim for Marie Claire Korea in October 2018
Native name
Born (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • singer
Musical career
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2016-present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Je-ni
McCune–ReischauerKim Cheni
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Jennie Kim (Hangul김제니; born January 16, 1996), also known by the mononym Jennie, is a South Korean rapper and singer. She debuted as the main rapper and vocalist of girl group Blackpink in August 2016, under YG Entertainment.


1996–2015: Early life and career[edit]

Jennie Kim was born on January 16, 1996, in Seoul, South Korea.[2][3] At the age of 9, she was sent abroad to study at ACG Parnell College, in New Zealand. In 2006, she appeared in the MBC special documentary "English, Must Change to Survive" and spoke about her experiences with the language and her life in New Zealand.[4] 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.[5]

During the six years Kim spent training under the company, in 2012 she featured on labelmate Lee Hi's song Special, as well as made an appearance in Big Bang's G-Dragon's music video That XX. In 2013, she featured on G-Dragon's song Black and GG Be by Big Bang's Seungri.[6]

Jennie is one of the most popular solo singers right now in Korea. Her song and style influence a lot of young girls in Korea, even though in the whole world.

2016–present: Blackpink and solo debut[edit]

In August 2016, she debuted as a member of the girl group Blackpink. The group has released two digital single albums, Square One and Square Two, as well as two EPs, Blackpink and Square Up. In mid-October 2018, an announcement of Kim's official solo debut was made.[7] In the midst of preparation for her debut, 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.[8] "Solo" became the most viewed music video by a female K-pop solo artist in the first 24 hours of release, surpassing IU's "Palette".[9][10] In South Korea, "Solo" claimed the number one spot on the Digital and Streaming charts on Gaon Chart for two consecutive weeks.[11] Kim received her first-ever music show win on SBS' Inkigayo on November 25.[12]

Other ventures[edit]


Kim at a fansign for Black Pink's Square Up, June 24, 2018.

In June 2018, Kim became Chanel Korea's ambassador and attended the launch of "Les Eaux De Chanel" Photocall held at the Hippodrome de Clairefontaine in Deauville, France.[13][14] In October she attended her first Chanel fashion show during Paris Fashion Week, and sat front row next to Pharrell Williams and Pamela Anderson.[15]

In January 2019, Hera, a South Korean luxury beauty brand owned by Amorepacific Corporation, announced that Jennie has been selected as their new model alongside actress Jun Ji-hyun.[16]


Kim has stated that her influence is Rihanna.[17]


Single albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
Solo 2

As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album


US World
"Solo" 2018 1 1 67 11 22 2 13 80 2 1 Solo

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 [38]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Role Ref.
2018 "Solo" Han Sa-min Herself [39]

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 [40]
Scene Stealer Award Nominated [41]
2019 8th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – November "Solo" Won [42]

Music programs[edit]


Year Date Song
2018 November 25 "Solo"[43]
December 2
December 16


  1. ^ Herman, Tamar (October 22, 2018). "BLACKPINK Sign With Interscope Records & UMG in Global Partnership With YG Entertainment: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Son Min-ji (June 23, 2017). "[아이돌 고향을 찾아서①] 우리 고향 아이돌 누가 있을까" (in Korean). Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "[블랙핑크 VS 투애니원③] 블랙핑크는 누구?". Donga (in Korean). 2016-08-11. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "BLACKPINK JENNIE As A 10-Year-Old In New Zealand Caught On MBC's Documentary". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). December 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "[V LIVE] 젠드기지쳤어요." Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "'인가' GD, 글로벌★ 위엄 과시하는 압도적 컴백!". YG-Life. September 11, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "블랙핑크 제니, 첫 솔로곡명은 'SOLO'..테디와 의기투합[공식입장]". Osen. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "YG, 제니 솔로곡 블랙핑크 콘서트서 최초 공개 결정[공식입장]". Osen. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "BLACKPINK's Jennie smashes records with debut solo single". Metro. 2018-11-13. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Black Pink's Jennie sets records with 'Solo' videos". kpopherald. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "제니(JENNIE)-Wanna One (워너원,) 가온차트 47주차 2관왕 차지" (in Korean). Naver. November 29, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "제니, 14일 정상 붙박이→'인기가요' 1위까지..'SOLO' 꽃길ing(종합)[Oh!쎈 이슈]". Osen. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Chanel Fragrance Pictorial of BLACKPINK Jennie, for 'Cosmopolitan'". June 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "'인간 샤넬' 에서 진짜 샤넬 모델 된 '분위기 여신' 블랙 핑크 제니 브 래피". Insight Korea. June 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "The 'Chanel Ambassador' BLACKPINK's JENNIE Melted France Down with Her Beauty". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). June 18, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Jennie and Jun Jihyun will work together as brand model of Amore Pacific Hera". January 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jennie from Blackpink – New Zealand-raised K-pop singer who, like any good Cub Scout, just wants to do her best". South China Morning Post. July 14, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Gaon Album Chart:
    • "Solo". November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Solo Album Sales:
  20. ^ Billboard Canadian Hot 100:
  21. ^ QQ Music Charts:
  22. ^ "Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  23. ^ RIM Chart:
  24. ^ NZ Hot 40 Singles Chart:
  25. ^ Scottish Singles Chart:
  26. ^ RIAS Chart:
  27. ^ US World Chart:
  28. ^ Gaon Digital Chart:
  29. ^ Billboard Korea Hot 100:
  30. ^ SOLO sales in QQ Music:
  31. ^ Real, Evan (December 7, 2018). "How K-Pop Superstars BLACKPINK Are Rewriting the Girl Group Narrative". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  32. ^ Billboard US World:
  33. ^ Gaon Weekly Digital Chart:
  34. ^ K-Pop Hot 100:
  35. ^ Sales for "Special":
  36. ^ Cumulative sales for "GG Be":
  37. ^ Cumulative sales for "Black":
  38. ^ "유재석→제니 '미추리' 11월 9일 첫 방송…미스터리스릴러 예능 [공식]". Sports Donga. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  39. ^ "제니, 'SOLO' MV 메이킹 공개 "블랙핑크에서 보지 못했던 다른 자아"". YG Life. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  40. ^ "이승기, 'SBS 연예대상' 대상 수상 "제 능력으로 받은 것 아냐" [종합]". Star News (in Korean). December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  41. ^ "'가로채널'·'미우새' 승리, 신스틸러상 수상 [SBS연예대상]". mydaily (in Korean). December 28, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  42. ^ "[2019 가온차트]디지털 베스트 11월, 제니 '솔로'". News1 (in Korean). January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  43. ^

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