BLACKPINK's song 'Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)' is the only K-Pop song in 'The Best Pop Collaborations of 2020' selected by Rolling Stone, a leading U.S. music magazine.
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Rolling Stone announced its 'The Best Pop Collaborations of 2020' on December 15 (local time). Among the 18 songs selected by Rolling Stone, 'Ice Cream', a song by BLACKPINK collaborating with Selena Gomez, was the only K-Pop song made it to the list.
"BLACKPINK’s feature on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica album in March was an unexpected surprise for both BLINKS and Little Monsters alike, but 'Sour Candy' was just a teaser for bigger things to come," Rolling Stone wrote.
Earlier, BLACKPINK had occupied the charts with girl crush music, and 'Ice Cream' showed BLACKPINK's soft and delicate side with a comfortable song full of humor, jokes and cuteness. The magazine praised the group, saying, "The girls’ voices trade off perfectly with Gomez’s, equally coy and seductive, while holding their own with the reigning pop princess."
In addition, "BLACKPINK have never needed anyone’s stamp of approval to find success, but having a Gaga and Gomez co-sign in the same year went a long way towards exposing the group to a larger audience (worth noting: The Album also features a track with Cardi B)," they said, explaining the achievement of BLACKPINK through collaboration with pop stars this year.
'Ice Cream', which was released in August, topped the iTunes Worldwide Chart immediately after its release, rose to the 13th place on the U.S. Billboard's 'Hot 100', breaking the record of K-Pop girl groups and successfully making the chart for eight consecutive weeks. In addition, the music video surpassed 400 million views on YouTube within 80 days of its release, and 200 million streams on Spotify, the world's largest music streaming company. This is even more meaningful in that BLACKPINK hasn't had any official promotional activities with 'Ice Cream'.
'Ice Cream's global performance is so brilliant it has appeared on the 2020 year-end lists of leading foreign media outlets, and is recognized for its strong influence. BLACKPINK was the only K-Pop girl group to be named, ranking 13th with 'Ice Cream' on Rolling Stone's 'The 50 Best Songs of 2020'. It was also the only K-Pop song to rank in the 'Top 10 Songs Of The Year' released by the U.S. news site AP, and also ranked 74th in the Billboard's 'The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff Picks'.