Roseanne Park (born 11 February 1997), better known by the mononym Rosé (Korean: 로제), is a Korean-New Zealand singer and dancer based in South Korea. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Rosé signed with South Korean label YG Entertainment following an audition in 2012, training there for four years. She made her debut as a vocalist in the girl group Blackpink in August 2016 and made her solo debut with her single album R in March 2021. She holds two Guinness World Records: of being the first artist to reach number one on Billboard Global 200 as a soloist and as part of a group, and for having the most-viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop soloist.
Early life and career beginnings
Roseanne Park (Korean: 박채영; Park Chae-young) was born on 11 February 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand, to South Korean immigrant parents. She has an older sister. In 2004, at the age of seven, Rosé and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Rosé initially attended Kew East Primary School graduating in 2009, attending Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College in Melbourne for her secondary schooling. She began singing and learned to play guitar and piano as a child and performed in church choirs.
In 2012, 15-year-old Rosé attended an audition in Sydney, Australia for South Korean record label YG Entertainment at her father’s suggestion ranking first among 700 participants. She was a big fan of YG Entertainment, citing they had all the “cool” groups. Within two months, she dropped out of school, signed with the label as a trainee and moved to Seoul. She initially presumed her father’s idea was a joke due to the distance and difficulty of becoming a singer overseas, stating:
In Australia, I didn’t think that there was much of a chance for me to become a singer, especially to become a K-pop star… I was living so far from the country that it never really occurred to me as a possibility.
The same year, Rosé was given an opportunity to feature on labelmate G-Dragon’s song “Without You” off his EP One of a Kind (2012). Her name was not publicised at the time of release with her credit revealed following her announcement as a Blackpink member. The song peaked at number ten on South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart and at number 15 on the Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100.