BLACKPINK, Netflix

Reading a great piece of literature can be quite fulfilling, but when you’re familiar with the backstory of author, their work can create an even more powerful connection with the reader. And the same can be said for music and the artists who bring it to life.

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On a solely sonic level, BLACKPINK makes great music. However, their songs are even more enjoyable, and the group members are more endearing when you know about Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé, and how they came together to become the most successful female group to emerge from South Korea’s massive K-Pop genre.

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Netflix released the band documentary “Light Up The Sky,” and it presents each of the ladies as credible artists as opposed to likable. While none of them come across as distasteful, the film doesn’t seem focused on making more BLACKPINK fans or selling viewers on why they should like them. Rather, their story is told in a way that makes it easy to appreciate tremendous work and sacrifice it has taken to achieve this amazing level of success at such relatively young ages.

As hard as BLACKPINK worked to get discovered, and then get singing and dancing training with YG Entertainment, the grind intensified after they became famous. As Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé work to make a bigger impact in the United States and beyond, they seem to be enjoying the ride as they ascend outside of Asia. So often artists seem to become jaded as they achieve the success they’re worked and sacrificed for–that is definitely not the case with these ladies.

BLACKPINK has the rare balance of fan adoration, critical acclaim, impressive sales and respect from their peers. Collaborations with Pop music greats like Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez show there’s clearly much more to come from BLACKPINK. And “Light Up The Sky” will likely make you appreciate and root for each member of the group if you don’t already. Plus, it’s really refreshing to see bandmates who seem to really like each other, and have sincere friendships.

Take a look at the trailer for “Light Up The Sky” and a clip from the documentary below. And stream it on Netflix right here.

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