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Never thought you’d be into murderers, binge watch a mullet-topped, tiger loving megalomaniac or invested so heavily in ‘90s’ basketball? That was until Netflix came along with its ability to keep us hooked for hours on end about subjects we didn’t think we really cared about – yes, Netflix we are still watching The Last Dance three hours in. 

Well the online streaming behemoth is about to add another obsession to your viewing schedule and it hails from the world of South Korean K-Pop. Titled BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky, the documentary delves into the lives of Korean Pop sensation, BLACKPINK, an all-girl group made up of Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo, and Lisa, who have not only taken their home country by storm but risen to global fame over the last four years.

Granted, we’d not heard of them either, but a quick Wiki search tells us that they’re the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100, boast almost 30million Instagram followers, are the first collective to make the Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 Asia list and have at least 1billion (1 billion!) YouTube views for individual music videos, amongst a host of other accolades and collaborations with the likes of Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez. In short: BLACKPINK are huge and Netflix is cashing in on it.


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The documentary has been directed by Caroline Suh, best-known for her other Netflix hit, Salt Fat Acid Heat, a foodie fest based on the award-winning cookbook of the same title that’s a guide for the basic elements of good cooking.

With BLACKPINK, Suh has gained access to the group like never before. While the girls might be some of Korea’s biggest exports, they, up until now, have been somewhat shrouded in mystery, choosing TV appearances wisely, not oversaturating the market and only releasing a handful of singles and records since their 2016 debut. The fact that they have managed to grow so stratospherically despite this only makes them more charming and curious. 

“Suh’s trusted relationship with Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa offers organic and honest moments that give viewers an authentic inside look into the lives of BLACKPINK, as well as the dedication and grueling preparation each member puts into every hit song, history-making performance and sold-out arena tour,” said Netflix’s Adam Del Deo, VP Documentary Features. “We’re thrilled to bring their story to their fans worldwide.”

The documentary follows the girls as they embark on the release of their second album and follow up to their 2016 debut, not so mysteriously titled, The Album, and gives viewers the chance to see the highs and lows of being in one of the world’s biggest pop bands.

K-Pop fans are understandably about to burst at the thought of the documentary going live but something tells us even if you’re not into the cutesy aesthetic, matching outfits, overly choreographed moves and dangerously catchy lyrics of the genre, Netflix are still going to make it our next big obsession. 

BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky will be released on 14th October 2020 on Netflix.

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