Blackpink Makes History As First K-Pop Girl Group To Top No. 1 Albums In U.S.
Blackpink is making history again this week with their latest feature film born pink debuted atop the Billboard 200. As the track opened at No. 1, the quartet became the first South Korean female act of any kind to soar to No. United States.
born pink launches at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 with 102,000 equivalent units, according to the charting company itself. It’s enough for the title to snatch the throne from Bad Bunny’s A Verano Sin Ti, who again competed for the top rung. Of born pinkopening sum, just over 75,000 are pure buys. Impressively, over 50% of those purchases were on CD. This bucks the trend the music industry has been reckoning with for some time, as millions of music lovers have shifted from buying music (especially on CDs) to streaming music. over the past decade.
Blackpink’s second feature not only takes the band to the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time, it also instantly becomes their highest-charting effort, but only by a space. In October 2020, their first full album, the aptly named The Scrapbookstarted at #2.
born pink was preceded by a single single, “Pink Venom”, which was released about a month before the full album arrived. This track debuted and peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100, giving the group their fourth top 40 on the Important Songs list.
As born pink opening at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the track helps Blackpink become the first K-pop girl group (or girl act of any kind) to reign the chart. Only a very small number of South Korean music groups made it to the top of the weekly tally, and before this week the rest were all made up entirely of male musicians. No South Korean soloist has conquered the Billboard 200, at least not yet.
BTS became the first K-pop group to top the Billboard 200, which they led in June 2018. Since then, the septet have returned to the top five more times. Two other South Korean-based male vocal groups — SuperM and Stray Kids — also joined BTS in the feat, charting their only No. 1 albums in 2019 and 2022, respectively.