Seoul, Sep 16 (EFE).- South Korean band Blackpink on Friday released its second studio album, “Born Pink,” with which the group hopes to definitively crown itself as the most important female group in the history of K-Pop.
The album is made up of eight tracks, which include lead single “Shut Down,” as well as “Pink Venom,” which was pre-released on Aug. 19, the date from which it has led sales in the iTunes stores of 75 countries and accumulated over 300 million YouTube views.
The video for “Shut Down,” a hip-hop song that uses a Niccolò Paganini sample, pays homage to the band’s previous singles, and within an hour and a half of being published on YouTube on Friday it had almost 8.5 million views.
“Born Pink” is set to become the first album by a South Korean girl band to exceed 2 million sales, as pre-orders already surpassed that figure, according to their management agency YG Entertainment.
After Blackpink’s first studio record “The Album” reached number two on the Billboard 200 list in 2020, there is hype around the possibility that the group formed by Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rosé will become the first female band from the Asian country to top it.
So far only three K-Pop groups, all male, hold that honor.
In October, Blackpink begins a tour that will start in Seoul and take the group to six American cities (Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles) and one Canadian (Hamilton), before starting the European leg of the tour, taking in London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Cologne.
The tour will then continue through Asia and Oceania, and is expected to attract a total of more than 1.5 million attendees. EFE