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K-Pop band Blackpink to release first studio album in September

Seoul, May 18 (efe-epa).- Popular South Korean girl band Blackpink is planning to release their first full-length studio album in September, the quartet’s agency, YG Entertainment, announced on Monday.

The company said Blackpink had finished recording and producing more than 10 songs for the album, which will be released in three parts: a first single in June, followed by a second track in July or August, and finally the full album in September.

The band, made up of the artists Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa, has also been putting the finishing touches on the choreography and other preparations for the music videos of their upcoming album, the agency added.

“As we’ve prepared for this album for a long time, we will release contents in 3 different terms so that the group will get opportunities to visit the fans with more contents and performances,” YG Entertainment said in a statement on the band’s Twitter page.

The agency, which did not reveal the name of the album or any of the tracks, also thanked the group’s fans for their love and support.

Besides the studio album, Blackpink has also been collaborating with American singer Lady Gaga for her upcoming song “Sour Candy,” which will be released on May 29, according to YG, and feature in Gaga’s new album, her sixth.

Blackpink, one of the most popular K-pop groups, debuted in 2016 and have hits such as “Kill This Love” and “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, which has more than one billion views on Youtube, to their credit.

The band has released several singles and mini-albums over the past few years but the upcoming album will be their first-ever studio album apart from a couple of compilation records the band released in Japan with Japanese versions of their Korean hits. EFE

K-pop, a genre of music that merges pop, hip-hop and electronic music, has exploded into the international music scene but its meteoric rise has been weakened recently by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Korean music genre has been boosted by a strong marketing industry and was expected to continue gaining popularity around the world, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of concerts around the world. EFE-EPA


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