Standout "SOLO" singer Jennie tells The Hollywood Reporter why the freedom to pursue independent projects is not only personally fulfilling but helpful in extending the lifespan of her record-breaking quartet.

Jennie Kim, one fourth of the K-pop supergroup BLACKPINK, is known for her electrifying stage presence and the overflowing confidence she exudes on the covers of Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine and more glossies in her native South Korea. But, these days, the 22-year-old singer-rapper — known mononymously to the girl group's legions of fans, affectionately called "Blinks" — is feeling decidedly humble.

Jennie recently broke out on her own, a venture that she has found both intimidating and rewarding. On Nov. 12, following weeks of anticipation fueled by teases on social media, she became the first BLACKPINK member to drop a solo single, aptly titled "SOLO," a sparkling hip-pop paean to one's self-sufficiency. Though she was initially nervous about releasing music without her bandmates — Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo — Jennie soon discovered she was capable of carrying her own weight. 

"SOLO" made a triumphant entry at No. 3 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart, and just last week, the girl-power anthem took the No. 1 spot. According to Nielsen Music, the track has sold 10,000 downloads in the U.S. as of Nov. 29 and has registered more than 5 million on-demand streams since its release. Additionally, its accompanying fashion-filled music video — which tells the story of a young woman reveling in her newfound freedom after the dissolution of a toxic relationship — has reached 100 million views on YouTube in less than a month.

"It really means a lot to me," Jennie, who was born in Seoul but spent her formative years in New Zealand, tells The Hollywood Reporter of the "unconditional love and support" she has received for her efforts.

The Chanel brand ambassador — beloved by Blinks for her soaring vocals, brazen rap verses and impeccable style — has even made history as the first solo female K-pop act to top the World Digital Song Sales chart as a lead artist, a feat she is still trying to process. "I am so grateful," she reflects. "I couldn't believe it when I first heard the news."