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Is Jennie Leaving Blackpink? Explore Her Journey in Blackpink

Jennie remains dedicated to BLACKPINK with renewed contracts at YG Entertainment even though she's advancing her solo career with The Odd Atelier.

by Aishwarya

Updated Jul 10, 2024


Is Jennie Leaving Blackpink? Explore Her Journey in Blackpink

Is Jennie Leaving Blackpink?

No, Jennie is not leaving Blackpink. Despite the group's recent inactivity, Jennie and the other members have renewed their contracts with YG Entertainment. They are focusing on solo careers while remaining committed to Blackpink as a group. Jennie has launched her own solo label, The Odd Atelier, and continues to participate in high-profile campaigns like Chanel's Coco Crush. Her recent acting debut and appearances at events like the Met Gala 2024 underline her ongoing commitment to both solo and group activities.

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Who is Jennie?

Jennie is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actress. She studied in New Zealand for five years before returning to South Korea in 2010. Jennie is known for being a member of the girl group Blackpink, which debuted in August 2016 under YG Entertainment, and she made her acting debut in 2023 on HBO.

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In November 2018, Jennie released her first solo song "Solo," which topped charts in South Korea and the US. Its music video was the first by a female K-pop soloist to reach one billion views on YouTube. Jennie's later singles like "You & Me" and "One of the Girls" also achieved high chart positions and certifications, and in 2023, she started her own label called Odd Atelier.

Jennie has won awards like the Gaon Chart Music Award and Golden Disc Award. She's the most-followed Korean on Instagram and her YouTube channel was the quickest to hit one million subscribers. Known for her music and fashion style, Jennie is also a global ambassador for Chanel, earning her the nickname "Human Chanel.

Name Jennie Kim
Born January 16, 1996
Birth Place Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Age 28
Other names Jennie Ruby Jane
Occupations Singer, rapper, actress
Organization Odd Atelier
Genres K-pop, dance-pop, hip hop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 2012–2013, 2016–present
Labels YG, Interscope, Odd Atelier
Member of Blackpink

Jennie's Journey in Blackpink

Jennie is a key member of Blackpink, a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, which includes Jisoo, Rosé, and Lisa. Joining YG Entertainment as a trainee in 2010 after moving back to South Korea from New Zealand, Jennie described the experience as being stricter than school. She was the first member to be revealed on June 1, 2016, and was introduced to the public in 2012 through a photo titled "Who's that girl?" on YG Entertainment's website.

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Before Blackpink's debut, Jennie featured in multiple collaborations, including starring in G-Dragon's music video "That XX" (2012) and featuring in songs like "Black" (2013) and "Special" (2013). Jennie made her solo debut with the single "Solo" at Blackpink's Seoul concert on November 11, 2018. The song and its music video were released the following day.

Blackpink's first Japanese studio album, Blackpink in Your Area, was released digitally on November 23 and physically on December 5, 2018, debuting at number nine on the Oricon Albums Chart. Jennie commented that the group admired the vocals, rap, and hip-hop style of TLC and the individual characters of the Spice Girls. She also expressed admiration for Lady Gaga's creativity and fashion, especially in the "Telephone" music video. Blackpink has cited influences like Ariana Grande, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez.

Blackpink is known for their "girl crush" concept in K-pop, promoting themes of self-confidence and female empowerment. They have become a leading force in the Korean Wave, attracting a large global fanbase and being recognized as the "biggest girl group in the world."

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Jennie Career

In April 2012, Jennie was introduced by YG Entertainment through a photo titled "Who's that girl?" It quickly became a popular topic online. She made her first public appearance in G-Dragon's music video "That XX" in September 2012. Jennie covered songs and featured in tracks for artists like Lee Hi and G-Dragon before debuting with Blackpink on August 8, 2016. As a trainee, she had a rigorous schedule performing for YG Entertainment's executives and preparing for her debut.

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In July 2018, Jennie appeared on Running Man with Blackpink's Jisoo, where a viral video showed her crying after a horror room experience. This made her popular on variety shows, leading to more invitations. In October 2018, she joined SBS' Village Survival, the Eight as a permanent cast member. Jennie debuted solo in November 2018 with the song "Solo," which topped charts and earned her several awards. She later performed at Coachella in 2019 and contributed to Blackpink's song "Lovesick Girls" in 2020.

During Blackpink's Born Pink World Tour in October 2022, Jennie debuted her solo song "You & Me," which she performed at Coachella in April 2023. She also made her acting debut in the HBO series The Idol as Dyanne, earning praise despite the show's cancellation. Jennie's collaboration with the Weeknd on "One of the Girls" was well-received, and she received an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) title in November 2023. Jennie renewed her contract with YG Entertainment and founded her own label, Odd Atelier, while also collaborating on hits like "Spot!" with Zico and "Slow Motion" with Matt Champion in 2024.


Jennie Early Life

Jennie Kim was born on January 16, 1996, as an only child. Initially thought to be born in Seoul, she later revealed she was actually born in Bundang, Seongnam. Jennie attended Cheongdam Elementary School in Seoul before moving to New Zealand at a young age. She lived with a host family while studying at Waikowhai Intermediate School in Auckland. During her youth, she aspired to be a ballet dancer and later studied at ACG Parnell College after intermediate school.

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While in New Zealand, Jennie discovered K-pop, particularly liking music from YG Entertainment. Her family planned to move her to Florida to study law or teaching at age 14, but she preferred returning to South Korea. After moving back in 2010, she attended Cheongdam Middle School and auditioned for YG Entertainment with Rihanna's "Take a Bow." Despite initial shyness, she joined as a trainee, initially focusing on vocals but later embraced rapping due to her English fluency and interest in rap-heavy songs.

Jennie Net Worth

Jennie's Net Worth is around $10 million to $20 million. Her primary sources of income include earnings from her activities with Blackpink, such as concerts, endorsements, and album sales. Additionally, her solo ventures, including music releases, endorsements, and appearances, contribute significantly to her income.

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