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Blackpink becomes first South Korean girl group to top UK albums chart

Seoul, Sep 24 (EFE).- Blackpink has become the first South Korean girl group to reach No. 1 on the United Kingdom’s Official Albums Chart with their new album “Born Pink,” its agency said Saturday.

The group formed by Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé topped the list with their second studio record after reaching second place in 2020 with their debut, “The Album.”

The Official Albums Chart ranks releases based on their physical, digital and streaming sales in the UK.

“Born Pink,” released on Sep. 16, beat out Suede’s “Autofiction,” followed by Rina Sawayama’s “Hold the Girl,” Marcus Mumford’s “(Self-Titled)” and Pink Floyd’s “Animals.”

The album’s singles “Shut Down” and “Pink Venom” sat at number 24 and 38 respectively on the singles chart.

The official video for “Shut Down,” published last Friday Sep. 16, has surpassed 116.5 million views, whilve “Pink Venom,” published Aug. 18, has surpassed 334.5 million views on YouTube.

The first K-pop act to top the UK’s best-selling albums chart was boy band BTS.

South Korean artist Psy topped the UK singles chart with “Gangnam Style” in 2012.

“Born Pink” sold more than 1 million copies on its first day on the market, according to sales measurement company Hanteo Charts, becoming the first female K-pop act to surpass the million mark on release day.

Next month, Blackpink begins their tour in Seoul before moving to six American cities (Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles) and one Canadian (Hamilton), then heading to Europe where they will play in Barcelona, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Cologne.

The tour will continue through Asia and Oceania, and is expected to attract more than 1.5 million attendees. EFE


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