The wait is finally over. BLACKPINK’s Rosé shines like the star she is with her official solo debut, and it’s everything we wanted and more. On March 12, she released two solo songs on her debut single album titled R, “On the Ground” and “Gone.”
— rosé pics (@rosesarchive) October 2, 2020
With its deep lyrics, angelic bridge, and Rosé’s high note at the end, “On the Ground” is an exemplary song for her solo debut. Add the fact that Rosé is credited as a writer for the song, and one can really tell how much time she spent perfecting it for release. The accompanying music video, meanwhile, expands the story of life and growth. Rosé starts off looking lost and trying to find herself amidst all the wildness of life; she eventually encounters past and present versions of herself while searching for answers and purpose. By the end, she finds herself and her path forward, and one can’t help but smile as she sings an explosive outro.
If one thing is for sure, it’s that Rosé’s purpose is to be an inspiring artist, in addition to her icon status. As she hinted at during YouTube Released, soloist Rosé is an extended version of BLACKPINK’s Rosé. The music video showcases her star power, while the full single album highlights her vocal range and explores her own unique style outside of BLACKPINK’s signature sound.
Her other new song, “Gone,” was previewed earlier in the year during BLACKPINK’s online concert, where a mini music video was shown along with Rosé singing live accompanied by BLACKPINK’s guitarist. The song offers an indie-rock vibe and received high-praise when it was previewed. Rosé’s soothing vocals matched the essence of the song well and left fans in even more anticipation of the title track.
With the level of excitement this release has been drawing, it comes as no surprise that a record was broken. Even before the official release of her new solo single album and music video, Rosé made big waves. Four days after album pre-orders started, it became the highest-selling single album for a female solo artist in Korea.
“I personally feel like if I were to talk to myself when I was a trainee I’d like to tell myself that every minute of me dreaming and enjoying what I do is all investment in what I’m doing for the future,” Rosé told Teen Vogue last year. “I’d tell myself to not feel pressure about time, that every moment you invest on watching, exploring, studying and enjoying what you love to do, that all becomes part of becoming what you want to be.”
All good things come to those who wait, and after waiting many years Rosé made sure her music was well worth it. We definitely hear you Rosé, and it will be great to see what comes next after this stellar solo debut.
Watch the video for “On The Ground” below: