BLACKPINK Isn’t Overrated, and We Have Proof

August 19, 2022

BLACKPINK are undeniably one of the biggest acts in K-Pop today, and many platforms have tagged them the biggest girl group in the world. Made up of four members — Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa — the group debuted in 2016 with the single album Square One. And they’ve been dedicated to spoiling us with good music ever since. 

When they’re not busy releasing bangers, their favourite pastime is breaking records thanks to their Blinks unwavering support. BLACKPINK dropped their long-awaited single, PINK VENOM, this morning, and we just know it’ll break even more records. From being the first to reach 75 million subscribers on Youtube to making Billboard’s Hot 100 list as a non-US act, here are some they’ve broken so far. 

First K-Pop act to headline Coachella

BLACKPINK was the first K-Pop act to headline the prestigious annual music and arts festival in 2019. It’s safe to say this skyrocketed their global popularity and opened doors to many western collaborations including Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Lady Gaga.

First K-Pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 

Their collaboration with Lady Gaga on Sour Candy in 2020, earned them a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at #33, making them the highest-charting girl group on the most notable singles chart in the US. They actually broke a record their own song, DDU-DU DDU-DU, set when it debuted and peaked at #55 in 2018, a huge feat for a non-US single with no features. 

Highest-charting K-Pop girl group on the Billboard Hot 100

Well, later in 2020, they broke their own record again by peaking at #13 with their single, Ice Cream, featuring Selena Gomez. They’re not just the first K-Pop girl group to enter the chart but the current highest-charting.

First K-Pop group to hit a billion views on YouTube

BLACKPINK was the first K-Pop group to hit the “one billion views” mark with the music video of their single, DDU-DU DDU-DU. It’s been four years, and this video is still amassing massive views as it’s currently at 1.9 billion views. Fun fact: former label mate, PSY, was the first-ever to hit YouTube’s “Billion Views” Club with Gangnam Style.

First K-Pop girl group to be certified by the RIAA

DDU-DU DDU-DU was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2019, making BLACKPINK the first K-Pop girl group to be certified by the RIAA.

Forbes most influential Korean celebrities

It’s one thing for you to be big and another for Forbes to recognise you’re big. The girls forever sets trends, so it was no shock when Forbes dubbed them “the most influential celebrities of 2019”.

Guinness Book of World Records

The music video for their song, How You Like That, holds the Guinness world record for the “most viewed music video by a Korean act in 24 hours”. Their live rendition of the song was also acclaimed as one of the most viewed live videos in 2020. In total, they’ve broken three records, all of which were previously held by K-Pop boy band, BTS.

Most viewed live in YouTube history

After they released the song How You Like That, the girls performed it on a live YouTube Broadcast to 1.66 million viewers. It‘s still the most viewed live show in YouTube history. If it’s easy, your faves should do it. 

Best in topping the iTunes chart

When they released Kill This Love in 2019, fans showed their support for the quartet by making sure it charted #3 on the iTunes chart. Which made the girls the first K-Pop girl group to reach the iTunes top 5 on a song’s release day. Their first studio album, The Album, which dropped the next year, was also the first of a k-Pop girl group to surpass one million pre-orders.

More Billboard records

BLACKPINK was the first girl group to top Billboard’s Artist 100, and the first K-Pop girl group to enter and top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.

Another YouTube record 

They’re the most subscribed-to musical acts on the platform, with over 76 million subscribers. There’s nothing these girls can’t do, and with the release of their second studio album, BORN PINK, next month [September 2022], we can only expect more record-breaking feats.

Most followed K-Pop idols on Instagram

The four members of BLACKPINK are also the first, second, third and fourth most-followed Korean celebrities on Instagram. And that’s not the only record the members have broken as soloists.

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