All The References BLACKPINK Made To Past Music Videos In “Shut Down”

Did you catch all the references?

BLACKPINK has made their highly anticipated comeback with the album BORN PINK and the title track “Shut Down.”

“BORN PINK” album. | YG Entertainment

Having debuted in 2016, BLACKPINK has released several iconic songs with equally iconic music videos. The group references their past work in the MV for their new song “Shut Down.”

Check out all the references below.

1. “Playing with Fire”

The opening shot of “Shut Down” mirrors the iconic shot from “Playing with Fire.”

“Shut Down” MV | BLACKPINK/YouTube

Rather than flames, water surrounds the pier.


Likewise, the shot of Jennie looking at a lit match is nearly identical to a shot from “Playing with Fire.”

Jennie in “Shut Down” MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube

Jennie in “Playing with Fire” MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube


The scene of Lisa on a truck filled with speakers and bags is similar to the one from the ever-so-iconic “BOOMBAYAH!”

Lisa in “Shut Down” (left) and Lisa in “BOOMBAYAH” (right). | BLACKPINK/YouTube


In “Shut Down,” Rosé sits on a pink sphere. Similarly, in the “WHISTLE” MV, Rosé rests on Earth.

Rosé in “Shut Down” MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube

Even her pose is nearly identical!


Additionally, the scene of Lisa driving the members is very similar to the one in “WHISTLE.”

“Shut Down” MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube



Of all BLACKPINK’s music videos, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is the most referenced in “Shut Down.”

Jisoo in “DDU-DU DDU-DU”  MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube

There’s a shot of Jisoo in a power stance holding an umbrella in both music videos.

Jisoo in “Shut Down” MV. | BLACKPINK/YouTube

Likewise, a shot of Jisoo is reminiscent of the paparazzi scene in the “DDU-DU DDU-DU” MV. Jisoo is in a pink wig in front of a picture of herself with black hair. In “Shut Down,” it’s the reverse. And rather than others taking her picture like in “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” she takes her own!

Jisoo in “Shut Down” (left) and Jisoo in “DDU-DU DDU-DU” (right). | BLACKPINK/YouTube

It’s also hard to miss the reference to Jennie on a disco ball military tank!

Jennie in “Shut Down” (left) and Jennie in “DDU-DU DDU-DU” (right). | BLACKPINK/YouTube

Rosé swings from a chandelier in both “Shut Down” and “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” but the chandeliers are two very different aesthetics!

Rosé in “Shut Down” (left) and Rosé in “DDU-DU DDU-DU” (right). | BLACKPINK/YouTube

What is the same, though, is Lisa’s katana sword that reads, “BLACKPINK!”

Lisa in “DDU-DU DDU-DU” (left) and Lisa in “Shut Down” (right). | BLACKPINK/YouTube

5. Titles of previous hits

The “Shut Down” teaser revealed close-ups of the signs found in the MV. They include titles of past tracks, such as “How You Like That,” “WHISTLE,” “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” and “Pink Venom.”

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Did you catch any additional references to other BLACKPINK MVs?

Check out some below.