BLACKPINK has just made Billboard history!
On October 11 local time, Billboard announced that BLACKPINK’s first full-length album “THE ALBUM” had debuted at No. 2 on its famous Top 200 Albums chart, its weekly ranking of the most popular albums in the United States.
With this impressive chart entry, not only has BLACKPINK achieved the highest ranking of any female K-pop group on the Billboard 200 in history, but “THE ALBUM” has also become the highest-charting album by any female group since 2008 (when Danity Kane topped the chart with “Welcome to the Dollhouse”).
Additionally, “THE ALBUM” is now the highest-charting debut full-length album by any female group in 14 years (since Danity Kane’s first studio album topped the chart in 2006).
According to Billboard, “THE ALBUM” racked up an impressive 110,000 equivalent album units during the week ending on October 8. The album’s total score consisted of 81,000 traditional album sales, 2,000 track equivalent album (TEA) units, and 26,000 streaming equivalent album (SEA) units—which translates to 40.3 million on-demand audio streams in the album’s first week.
The video for Lovesick Girls received some flak recently when South Korea’s medical workers’ union raised concerns about Jennie dressed as a sexy nurse, which they considered to be a negative stereotype of the profession. Scenes featuring Jennie dressed in the outfit are being removed from the music video.
Congratulations to BLACKPINK on their historic achievement!