On August 1, YG Entertainment confirmed that WINNER member JINU would be the next YG Entertainment artist to get a solo debut through a concept board posted to their social media.
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) August 1, 2019
WINNER fans, INNER CIRCLE, were ecstatic about this news!
YESSS LET’S GO MY BABYYYY!!!
RELEASE THAT SUMMER ANTHEM pic.twitter.com/ecamSxECd3
— SOLOIST JINU DEBUT AUGUST 2019!!!! (@SherryNiss) August 1, 2019
KING IS COMING LET’S GO 🗣🗣🗣🗣 pic.twitter.com/2tHFJvfzWm
— ✖️dali van mino✖️ (@BabyBearLovesTy) August 1, 2019
— #김진우 News ➂➅➄ (@KJWN_365) August 1, 2019
BLINKs, however, swarmed the replies to the tweet with their displeasure.
Rosé full album
— ً (@intorubejane) August 1, 2019
rosé solo get this fairy out of my face
— adri (@whstle) August 1, 2019
no one asked for this pic.twitter.com/YQxGcI1DCe
— tia (@ryujinIogy) August 1, 2019
we were promised rosie’s solo after BPs world tour but go off you literal snakes
— 💦 (@jenniesbtch) August 1, 2019
YG Entertainment has stated that BLACKPINK‘s 2019 plans included solos for each member as well as two comebacks as a full group, with Rosé’s solo being first up. YG Entertainment has built up a reputation of unequal treatment of their female artists as well as not keeping good on comeback promises, so BLINKs’ frustration is understandable. However, WINNER fans and even some BLINKs maintain that they should be respectful of JINU as BLACKPINK’s senior and longtime YG Entertainment artist.
Respect Jinu pls he’s senior in YG, next year he’ll be enlist. Just respect maybe this the last gift to us before enlist, your bias will get solo too soon.
— T (@fangirl_BTSWIN) August 1, 2019
man’s been in yge since 2010. now he’s releasing a solo MWA 💅🏼
— @realjinuya (@realminoya) August 1, 2019
Blinks on the reply please have patience after kwon hyunbin’s debut it’s either rosé solo or blackpink’s second comeback just relax let’s give it too jinu. he deserves to have a solo please let’s all respect him.
— J (@justlovelisa) August 1, 2019
So far YG Entertainment has given no update on Rosé’s solo debut nor given a date on JINU’s solo debut. As far as BLACKPINK’s plans, the group will be releasing a Japanese version of their “Kill This Love” mini album in September ahead of their December Japan Dome Tour.