Dear BLACKPINK, I Really ‘Like That’

Blinks, BLACKPINK is officially back in our area with “How You Like That,” and it’s never felt this good. The world renowned K-pop girl group’s comeback single and video are extravagant statements that, through it all, BLACKPINK was always going to own 2020.

After being teased for weeks now with mini trailers, clips of the girls striking poses and promotional posters, fans of the group were finally treated to the release of “How You Like That,” BLACKPINK’s first single of 2020. Although Blinks had already gotten a taste of what was in store for them on “Sour Candy,” the BLACKPINK-assisted track on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, nothing could have prepared them for the sprawling sets and fierce choreography of “How You Like That.”

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Starting off rather downtempo, the new track is a total tease throughout. Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rosé take center stage to give listeners a rollercoaster ride of a listening experience, with an ebb and flow of emotion from start to finish. While it might start out slow and careful, from the first beat drop it becomes obvious that, at its core, “How You Like That” is a cocky dance anthem. Lisa’s verse takes the ego within the song one step further, referencing a plain jane watch and demanding of listeners, “tell me how you like that.”

The highlight of the new song, however, comes during its bridge: “Look up in the sky/ It’s a bird, it’s a plane,” the girls sing before launching back into a revved-up version of the original beat drop, shuffling towards the camera in-sync before exploding into a flurry of precise handwork and the final chorus. Watching it onscreen, one can only get excited for all the new music surely to come later this year — and the eventual prospect of seeing the girls perform “How You Like That” live, post-coronavirus. A Blink can dream, can’t I?

Photo via BLACKPINK

K-Pop Stans Took Down a Dallas Police Snitch App

K-pop stans are powerful. They virtually control artists’ position on the charts, ruthlessly cancel their enemies, and most recently, sabotaged an effort by the Dallas Police Department to incriminate protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and other Black victims of police brutality.

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Although much of the violence at recent protests has been incited by the police’s use of force, Dallas PD created an app called iWatchDallas for people to submit video footage of “illegal activity” of protestors. Anti-racist K-pop fans wouldn’t stand for it.


Twitter users posted calls for people to spam the app by submitting fancam videos of their favorite artists.


Dallas PD surely didn’t know what hit them as their app was quickly flooded with clips of BTS and BLACKPINK choreo. In perhaps the first direct action-related use of fancams, within hours, the app crashed. The department announced on Twitter today “due to technical difficulties,” the app is “down temporarily.”

The K-pop community, in general, has been vocal about their solidarity with the Black community. According to Dazed, a number of stan accounts for BTS, BLACKPINK and NCT 127 have stopped tweeting about the artists they’re dedicated to, and even censored the band’s names, in order to make space for news and discussions about police violence. Dazed reports that fans resisted trending hashtags about BLACKPINK and Lady Gaga’s “Sour Candy,” as well as NCT 127’s recent victory on K-pop show M Countdown, when under normal circumstances, they have put #Blackpink and #NCT127 at the top of our feeds.

Barbz, Swifties, Little Monsters? Your move.

Photo via Getty

Gaga and Ariana Prove There’s a 100% Chance It’s Already Raining

Last week, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande graced us with a new song and video, “Rain on Me,” off Gaga’s forthcoming album, Chromatica, due out Friday.

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Now, Gaga and Grande have offered us more content, this time in collaboration with The Weather Channel. Perhaps a nod to Grande’s documented affinity for Mean Girls, the singers report on the downfall from their homes, with Gaga in LA and Grande in Beverly Hills. Both hold umbrellas and heavy rain — or, water from a hose — pours on them.

“It was beautiful just yesterday but, oh, wow, how things have changed,” Gaga says. “Today, it is pouring rain. We are soaking wet. And while some are complaining of the recent downpour, we would like to celebrate the rain.”

Grande then chimes in, proclaiming “Rain on me, tsunami,” quoting lyrics from her Gaga collab. “Water like misery, but the people are still going.”

Gaga agrees: “So true, Ariana! The world is rising up in a massive act of kindness to celebrate the rain the world so desperately needs to quench the thirst of the Earth. Are we thirsty, or what?”

“Rain on Me” is one of many collaborations on Gaga’s upcoming album, which will also feature BLACKPINK and Elton John. Relive the video, stream the track and pre-order Chromatica now.

Photos via YouTube

The Break the Internet Awards™ 2019 Winners

Celebrating internet culture, digital disruptors and social media influencers, PAPER is back with our annual Break the Internet Awards™. Take a look back at 2019’s most viral Break the Internet moments, as chosen by more than 1 million of you.

Rihanna 
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With the launch of one of the most popular cosmetics labels in the world today, Rihanna became an important voice for an entire community otherwise almost completely ignored by the beauty industry. Offering over 40 shades of foundations accounting for almost every skin color, Fenty Beauty set a standard within the industry that has for decades has only treated diversity as an afterthought. Now with its multiple range of highlighters, bronzers, blush compacts and lip glosses, the singer has also expanded the business to a fashion label under LVMH. Today, Rihanna is one of the best selling music artists, fashion entrepreneur and undoubtedly, the beauty influencer of the year. ––Jeena Sharma

“Euphoria”
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When HBO’s latest teen drama, Euphoria first hit the screens last summer, it bolstered the young demographic of suburban America that otherwise existed outside of the mainstream. Unlike many other Hollywood executives, creator Sam Levinson wasn’t interested in token representation or ticking boxes, but an unabashed portrayal of struggles that actually plagued teens across America today including addiction, mental health and identity issues. Of course, that was never an easy task as it no doubt invited the scorn of conservative parents who deemed the show’s often explicit content “inappropriate.” Regardless, Euphoria hit a chord with a generation that is on the constant outs with boomers and older millennials alike, leading into a swift renewal into the second season. ––Jeena Sharma

Foe Thee Frenchie 
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Foe Thee Frenchie, leader of Hot Dog Summer and First of his Name truly has the life we all want: Jet setting by day and cuddling up to Megan Thee Stallion by night. With too much personality for mama Meg’s Instagram, he finally tired of sharing the spotlight and made his own account in August of 2019. Honestly? It has been a gift to us all. He keeps his paws on these other girls’ necks with sponsored posts some human influencers would kill for, takes regular trips on private jets and goes on designer shopping sprees. Hot Boy 4oe truly outsells any other bitch on Instagram and if you’re not following I feel bad for you. Real hot dog shit only. ––Taylor Roberts

Greta Thunberg 
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We shouldn’t need Greta Thunberg, and she’d be the first to admit it. The scientific community has been united in its concern over climate change for the past 40 years, issuing dire warning after dire warning. No one listened –– not the boomers, not Gen X, not millennials either. Now Gen Z is fighting to save the planet against worsening odds, with Thunberg as their leader. Over the past 12 months, the 17-year-old has led global school strikes and held her own against Trump on Twitter. It’s hard to feel hope right now, but she’s a powerful reminder to channel fear into action. ––Taylor Roberts

Lil Nas X
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Lil Nas X’s meteoric rise to Billboard chart domination did not come without some haters — read: racists. As soon as his debut bop, “Old Town Road,” started taking off, the song about riding a horse ’til you can’t no more was deemed “not country enough” and briefly removed from the country music charts. Thankfully everyone from fans to music critics to Billy Ray Cyrus himself refused to stand for the Nas X erasure and Billboard reversed their dumbass decision. The clapback of it all? Nas X’s “Old Town Road” went on to sit on the iron throne that is the music charts for a record breaking 17 weeks. Arguably the most impressive entry into the music industry. And that’s on yeehaw. ––Taylor Roberts

Jonas Brothers 
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It was the Jonas Brothers’ internet in 2019, we were just scrolling through it. Even before the official comeback, their deliciously gossip-worthy parade of nuptials found us unwaveringly invested in Nick, Joe and Kevin’s lives and careers, six years after the band broke up. When their blissed out summer bop “Sucker” went No. 1, becoming the biggest hit by a boyband in 15 years, it was clear that the Jonas Brothers reuniting in 2019 wasn’t a glitch in the system. Having grown up, gotten laid, chilled out and set their fraternal feuds to rest, the trio was free to become the stars they were always capable of being. ––Jael Goldfine

Savage x Fenty Runway Show
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To say that Rihanna simply changed the fashion game this year would be a huge understatement. The superstar seemingly touched every corner of the industry, from her historic Fenty luxury brand launch with LVMH to the continued success of her beauty empire. But no one was quite prepared for what Rih had up her sleeve on September 10, when she staged an epic 40-minute fashion-entertainment blowout in Brooklyn for her revolutionary lingerie line Savage x Fenty. The show was held during New York Fashion Week, but spectators had a strong suspicion this would be no ordinary runway. A slew of hitmakers of the moment like Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled and Big Sean performed with the likes of Normani, Aquaria, Bella Hadid, Laverne Cox and the diverse cast of models that commanded the runway in the brand’s inclusive and body-positive lingerie offerings. And best of all, the show was made available to watch via Amazon in over 200 countries, allowing people everywhere to partake in the magic and mystique of one of the most important shows of the year. ––Mario Abad

Cara Delevingne and Ashely Benson 
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Where were you when Cara and Ashley gleefully carried a big ol’ sex bench into their Los Angeles home in full view of the paparazzi? It was the best possible way to confirm a rumored love affair between the models slash actresses, and they’ve only delighted us more in the months since –– with a rumored proposal in France, a sweet Pride-themed Instagram post and a briefly terrifying Twitter hack moment. The sex bench was supposedly a gag gift for a friend, but that’s somehow even cooler. We love love. ––Kat Gillespie

Jennifer Aniston and “Friends” 
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As the Seinfeld bros will tell you, there exist many more elevated sitcoms than Friends. True fans don’t care. Like a Central Perk cappuccino served in an oversized mug, the NBC hit is comfortingly frothy –– a tacky ’90s throwback to be enjoyed on your laptop after a hard day under neo-fascism. Jennifer Aniston’s nostalgic new Instagram account, which is heavy on the cast reunion photos, extends the escapism onto social media. And thank God, because her breakout show was recently removed from Netflix. ––Kat Gillespie

BLACKPINK
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When it comes to global sensations, BLACKPINK is one of the biggest. The triumphant horns of “Kill This Love,” alone, prove the group won’t go down without a fight — and it’s clearly resonating. At 265 million streams and counting, the song is a heroic call-to-arms for all to torch their toxic relationships and leap into their power. Not to mention, the “Kill This Love” video beat out Ariana Grande for the biggest-ever music video debut on YouTube at the time, racking up 56.7 million views in its first 24 hours live. Beyond that, the kinetic live performances of BLACKPINK members Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rosé further establish them as a bonafide music force to watch (did you see them historically killing it at Coachella?) Plus, as globally famous Asian women, they bring a refreshing and new kind of supergroup to the table, making more room for others to follow. ––Michael Love Michael

Ok Boomer
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Peter Kuli and Jed Will’s “ok boomer” is Gen Z rock ‘n’ roll, the antithesis of normative radio-ready trap-pop and a foot-in-the-ass to adults everywhere. A fusion of blown-out bass and punk vocals, “ok boomer” is scrappy and abrasive, but spawned a phrase so much more versatile than just the single. The intergenerational digital war waged by the track was fierce, but more than anything, it gave teens a quick shutdown for their older online opponents. No argument and no politician’s Twitter mentions are safe from the wrath of “ok boomer,” and honestly, the internet is a better place for it. ––Brendan Wetmore

Billie Eilish
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Billie Eilish whispered, growled and slurped her way into our hearts last year. She shook up our previously static notion of what a teenage hitmaker can look and sound like, reviving our appetite for good old-fashioned pop weirdness. The rabid internet obsession with her every move is evidence of just how badly Gen Z was craving an alternative woman artist –– their own Avril Lavigne in basketball shorts, amidst a sea of bodysuited, big-haired divas. Based on the kinds of risks she took When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go and how far it brought her from “Ocean Eyes,” 2019 is just the beginning of EIlish’s disruption. ––Jael Goldfine

Zendaya
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With a daring approach to evening wear and natural affinity for risk-taking, Zendaya was the indisputable queen of the red carpet in 2019. Her fruitful partnership with longtime stylist Law Roach has paid dividends as she evolved quite rapidly from budding teen star to leading Hollywood actress. While other celebs may have had more outlandish and one-off style moments that went viral, the Euphoria star managed to serve consistently high-fashion looks year-round, always surprising us with how equally comfortable she looks in a striking Berluti pantsuit as she does in a Little Mermaid-esque Vera Wang bustier dress. And how could we forget her playful Cinderella moment at the Met Gala, capturing everyone’s hearts with her magic wand and glass slipper? From movie premieres to awards season to talk show appearances, Zendaya proved that celebrities shouldn’t have to take themselves too seriously to make a fashion statement. It’s that sense of versatility and adaptability that cemented her status as the red carpet’s leading lady. ––Mario Abad

Brittany_broski
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Even if you don’t know her name, you know her story; also known as Kombucha Girl, Brittany Broski took the internet by storm in 2019 with her wit, charm, and of course, distaste for kombucha. Brittany’s rise to fame has truly captured the new influencer frontiers of TikTok, demonstrating just how random –– and yet, correct –– virality can be. Now, give her a damn television show, Comedy Central. ––Brendan Wetmore

ContraPoints 
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It’s easy to take a default political position without interrogating why you feel a certain way about whatever hot button topic. Luckily, Natalie Wynn’s philosophy YouTube channel ContraPoints is here to help. Rather than repeating the same old hashtags, ContraPoints encourages precise thought about (New York Times podcast voice) the big issues that divide us. Wynn’s in-depth explainer videos engage viewers with costumes and quips, interrogating everything from capitalism to cancel culture — a topic she has wide perspective on, having been cancelled numerous times herself. Wynn is a contrarian minus the Pepe memes and tasteless Reddit trolling; she knows her shit, and how to argue it. We needed her in 2019, and we’ll keep watching into 2020. ––Kat Gillespie

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BLACKPINK – So Hot lyrics

[Jennie]
BLACKPINK in your area
BLACKPINK in your area

[Jennie]
Wae jakku chyeodaboni wae
Naega geureohge yeppeuni
Amuri geureohdago geureohge chyeodabomyeon
Naega jom ssukseureopjanhni
(Why you wanna do that?)

[Rosé]
Naega jinagal ttaemada
Gogae dollineun namjadeul
Dwieseo neukkyeojineun tteugeoun siseondeul
Eotteohge hamyeon joheulji

I′m so hot
[Jennie] nan neomu yeppeoyo
I′m so fine
[Rosé] nan neomu maelyeok isseo
I′m so cool
[Jisoo] nan neomu meotjyeo
[Lisa] I’m so so so hot hot

[Lisa]
A little bit of black, with a little bit of pink
But ain’t none little about this
Been living it big, uh
Your crib could fit in my crib
Pretty as shhhhhh
Don’t gotta say it no more
Look at my face and they know
They’ve seen it before, oh
Made it to vogue
[Jennie] Put the pop, back in pop, at the top
What we rock, they all rock, had to stop
[Lisa] Have to shop, Keep the swagger on five mil
[Jennie & Lisa] We the only gang to run the game in high-heels

[Jisoo]
Joyonghi salgo sipeunde
Dareun yeojaaedeulcheoreom
Eommaneun wae nal ireohge nahanwaseo
Nae salmeul pigonhage haneunji

I’m so hot
[Rosé] Nan neomu yeppeoyo
I’m so fine
[Jisoo] Nan neomu maelyeok isseo
I’m so cool
[Lisa] Nan neomu meotjyeo
[All] I’m so so so hot hot

I’m so hot
[Jisoo] Nan neomu yeppeoyo
I’m so fine
[Jennie] Nan neomu maelyeok isseo
I’m so cool
[Rosé] Nan neomu meotjyeo
[Lisa] I’m so so so hot hot

BLACKPINK – As If It’s Your Last lyrics

[Jennie] neo mwonde jakku saenggakna
Jajonsim sanghae aega ta
Eolguli tteugeobgo gaseumeun gyesok ttwieo
Nae momi mamdaero an dwae eojireowo

[Jisoo] neon han jumui morae gata
Jabhil deut jabhiji anha
Neon swibji anheun geol geuraeseo deo kkeullyeo
Nae mami mamdaero an dwae eoieobseo

[Rose] jigeum neoreul wonhaneun
Nae sumgyeoli neukkyeojini
Neol barabogo isseodo
Missing you
Seotun nal Won’t you set me free

[Jennie] Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo
Geuman saenggakhae mwoga geuri eoryeowo
[Rose] geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege
Majimak sarangin geotcheoreom

[Lisa] majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Majimak bamin geotcheoreom Love
Majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Naeil ttawin eobtneun geotcheoreom

[Lisa] Uh Imma fall in love baby
You gon finna catch me
Uh give you all of this baby
Call me pretty and nasty
Cause we gonna get it
My love you can bet it on
Black we gon double
The stack on them whoa!
I be the Bonnie and
You be my Clyde
We ride or die
Xs and Os

[Jisoo] siganeun heulleoganeunde
Maeumman geubhaejiji
Nae sesangeun neo hanaman
Missing you
Seotun nal Won’t you set me free

[Rose] Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo
Geuman saenggakhae mwoga geuri eoryeowo
[Jennie] geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege
Majimak sarangin geotcheoreom

[Lisa] majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Majimak bamin geotcheoreom Love
Majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Naeil ttawin eobtneun geotcheoreom

[Jennie] One two three
Saeroun sijakiya
Jeoldae dwidolabojin anheul geonikka
[Rose] nal neoege deonjimyeon
Neoneun nal kkok jabajwo
Sesangeun uril kkeokkji mothal tenikka

[Jennie] BLACKPINK in your area

[Jennie] Baby nal teojil geotcheoreom anajwo
Geuman saenggakhae mwoga geuri eoryeowo
[Rose] geojitmalcheoreom kiseuhaejwo naega neoege
Majimak sarangin geotcheoreom

[Lisa] majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Majimak bamin geotcheoreom Love
Majimakcheoreom ma-ma-majimakcheoreom
Naeil ttawin eobtneun geotcheoreom Love

BLACKPINK – ‘마지막처럼 (As If It’s Your Last)

너 뭔데 자꾸 생각나
자존심 상해 애가 타
얼굴이 뜨겁고 가슴은 계속 뛰어
내 몸이 맘대로 안 돼 어지러워
넌 한 줌의 모래 같아
잡힐 듯 잡히지 않아
넌 쉽지 않은 걸 그래서 더 끌려
내 맘이 맘대로 안 돼 어이없어

지금 너를 원하는
내 숨결이 느껴지니
널 바라보고 있어도
Missing you
서툰 날 Won’t you set me free

Baby 날 터질 것처럼 안아줘
그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워

거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게
마지막 사랑인 것처럼

마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
마지막 밤인 것처럼 Love
마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
내일 따윈 없는 것처럼

Uh Imma fall in love baby
You gon finna catch me
Uh give you all of this baby
Call me pretty and nasty
Cause we gonna get it
my love you can bet it on
black we gon double
the stack on them whoa!
I be the Bonnie and
you be my Clyde
We ride or die
Xs and Os

시간은 흘러가는데
마음만 급해지지
내 세상은 너 하나만
Missing you
서툰 날 Won’t you set me free

Baby 날 터질 것처럼 안아줘
그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워

거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게
마지막 사랑인 것처럼

마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
마지막 밤인 것처럼 Love
마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
내일 따윈 없는 것처럼

One two three
새로운 시작이야
절대 뒤돌아보진 않을 거니까

날 너에게 던지면
너는 날 꼭 잡아줘
세상은 우릴 꺾지 못할 테니까

BLACKPINK in your area

Baby 날 터질 것처럼 안아줘
그만 생각해 뭐가 그리 어려워

거짓말처럼 키스해줘 내가 너에게
마지막 사랑인 것처럼

마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
마지막 밤인 것처럼 Love
마지막처럼 마-마-마지막처럼
내일 따윈 없는 것처럼 Love