Blackpink’s Rosé has curated an eclectic playlist for International Women’s Day (March 8) via Apple Music.
The playlist, dubbed “ROSÉ: Visionary Women,” features selections from SZA, Jorja Smith, Astrid S, Nina Simone, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. The 25-song roster also spotlights songs from Amy Winehouse (“Love is a Losing Game”), Sabrina Claudio (“Confidently Lost”), Jenevieve (“Medallion”), TLC (“No Scrubs”) and several group and solo tracks from Blackpink, including “Lovesick Girls.”
Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game” is the “saddest song ever,” as Rosé tells Apple Music. “It hurts my heart every time I hear it. I think that being able to be vulnerable is the most independent thing someone can be at times, and I commend her for her honesty and transparency in this song. We can all relate to her, and that’s why we all love her.”
In addition to the anthems from strong women, Rosé’s list also includes a number of tracks by supportive men, including Tom Misch (“Movie”), Daniel Caesar (“Get You” feat. Kali Uchis), Stevie Wonder (“Isn’t She Lovely”) and Harry Styles (“Adore You”).
The K-pop girl group’s playlist joins a number of other high-profile efforts to shine a light on IWD during a pandemic year in which we’ve all faced innumerable day-to-day challenges.
The theme for 2021’s International Women’s Day campaign is #ChooseToChallenge. A statement on this year’s theme notes that, “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”
Listen to Rosé’s Apple Music playlist below.