Coachella: it’s not just for cultural appropriation anymore! This year, the music festival will be importing some hot talent from across the world. K-Pop Girl group superstars Blackpink will be the very first all female K-Pop act to take the Coachella stage in 2019’s lineup, performing at the music festival on April 12th and 19th, while J-pop girl group Perfume will debut as the first ever J-pop group to perform at the festival.
Most notably, Coachella’s organizer and owner, Paul Tollett, specially flew out to South Korea in order to court the mega hot music sensations. Blackpink is the brainchild of YG Entertainment and have dominated the Korean music scene since their summer 2016 debut.
Consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé, Blackpink skyrocketed to success in a relatively short period of time. With “Whistle,” the girl group quickly achieved #1 song status in their home country. Next, their hit “Boombayah,” reached the top of the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and also became the most-viewed debut music video by a Korean act.
They continued breaking records with future trap song “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” which peaked at 55 on the Billboard 100, becoming the most popular song of all time by a Korean girl group. Their inclusion in Coachella is being hailed as a huge step forward for K-Pop as a genre and its growing international recognition.
This year’s schedule over two weekends looks to have even note wonderful Asian representation! Korean boy band and indie darlings Hyukoh will also be playing on April 14th and April 21st.
Previously, electronic music group EE made history as the first Korean performers in the festival in 2011. The next Korean group would be hip hop trio Epik High in 2016.
Additionally, J-Pop girl group Perfume will also be debuting as the first all female Japanese performers to play at Coachella on April 14th and 21st.
Recently, Future Pop, Perfume’s newest album, reached #1 on the iTunes Electronic Albums Chart in dozens of countries just two days after being launched.
Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala will headline the Coachella 2019 festivities.