The Korean four piece pop band Blackpink are the latest musical debuts to have a Netflix documentary made following their rise to stardom and current band activities. Unless you’ve been actively ignoring the news for several years now, the exponential growth in popularity for all things Korean has seen the genre dubbed K-pop take hold in fans’ hearts and minds around the world. Now, alongside stars like Taylor Swift and Beyonce, the K-pop darlings Blackpink are the latest sonic act to receive a dubious level of fame warranting their own Netflix documentary.
The documentary titled ‘Blackpink: Light Up The Sky’ was released on the online digital streaming platform on October 14th 2020. It reached fans in three languages – English, Korean and Thai, a fact that should have been obvious to expect since it reflects the national demographics of the band itself. Whilst known as one of Korea’s biggest exports, Blackpink is distinctive for its collage of nationalities from its members, at once bringing a diversity of experience to the band itself at the same time as increasing their audience reach even further and making them potentially even more popular than counterparts such as boyband BTS and solo act Psy that have equally made their marks on the world stage.
In the Netflix documentary audiences are provided with an all access pass backstage on the band’s latest world tour, getting to know each of the band members through direct insight into their unique personalities, as well as seeing group dynamics at work. Adam Del Deo, Vice President of Documentary Features at Netflix noted the documentary for its “organic and honest moments that give viewers an authentic inside look into the lives of Blackpink, as well as the dedication and gruelling preparation each member puts into every hit song, history-making performance and sold-out arena tour.”