BLACKPINK in 2019
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Explore BLACKPINK's Rapid Rise To Global K-Pop Superstardom | For The Record
Just two years before they'd have their big international breakout with 2018's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," BLACKPINK formed in Seoul, South Korea. The fiercely talented quartet has been serving up pop star realness with their infectious genre-meshing music, stellar choreography, arena-filling live shows and eye-catching music videos.
For the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's For The Record video series, we revisit the swift ascension of Lisa, Jennie, Rosé and Jisoo.
"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," their first song to hit the Billboard Hot 100, became the highest-charting song by a female K-pop group, a record they beat again later. It also earned them the first-ever gold record in the U.S. by a female K-pop act. Two of their also-massive subsequent singles, "Kill This Love" (2019) and "How You Like That" (2020), also charted on the Hot 100.
Their collaboration with Lady Gaga, "Sour Candy," featured on her 2020 album Chromatica, also earned them another Top 40 hit, with both that track and "How You Like That" hitting No. 33 this summer. BLACKPINK also worked with Dua Lipa on 2018's "Kiss and Make Up" and recently on 2020's "Kiss and Make Up (Remix)" featured on her Club Future Nostalgia album.
They're no strangers to breaking records and making history. In 2019, they became the first all-female K-pop act to play Coachella, with a primetime, earth-rattling Friday evening set. Their massive video views continue to grow thanks to their massive, loyal fanbase, known as Blinks. The "How You Like That" video broke three Guinness World Records in June and 2019's "Kill This Love" recently hit one billion video views, to name a few.
Their most recent single, "Ice Cream," features none other than pop princess Selena Gomez (currently with 158.7 million views on YouTube) and will be featured on their highly anticipated debut LP, BLACKPINK: The Album, due out Oct. 2. Surely there are more charts to climb and hearts to win over with their debut.