Billboard published an article about BLACKPINK’s past year, calling it “the remarkable first year of achievements”.
On August 11, Billboard wrote an article about BLACKPINK’s chart records that started off with “To celebrate the one-year mark from their show-stopping debut on Aug. 7, 2016 with the double singles ‘Bumbaya’ and ‘Whistle’ to today, let’s break down the remarkable first year of achievements.”
It went on to say, “Perhaps one of Blackpink’s most impressive accomplishments and a major indicator of their promise stateside is their most recent performance of ‘As If It’s Your Last.’ Not only was it their third single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart…”
“Blackpink has scored three No. 1s on the World Digital Song Sales chart thanks to 2016′s ‘Bumbaya’ and ‘Playing With Fire,’ along with this year’s ‘As If It’s Your Last.’ That total not only makes them lead among female K-pop acts…Among just those five singles, the group have sold a total of 113,000 digital song downloads in the U.S., through Aug. 3, according to Nielsen Music. On average, that equals the outfit selling almost 10,000 singles a week”, the magazine added.
About BLACKPINK’s most recently released song, Bilboard wrote, “‘As If It’s Your Last’ sold more than 5,000 downloads to debut at No. 13 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which acts as an extension of the 25 songs that have yet to enter on the definitive Hot 100 singles chart and are just below the top 100 slots.”
It went on to say, “fellow K-pop acts CL and the Wonder Girls have charted songs on the Hot 100, but did so with English tracks. When it comes to Korean-language songs, PSY has sent multiple entries to the Hot 100 after a decade in the business and BTS finally broke into Bubbling Under after four years together. Blackpink doing so less than one year into their careers indicates exciting things for their upcoming releases.”
About BLACKPINK’s social performance, Bilboard wrote, “Blackpink has the best performance on Billboard’s Social 50 chart among K-pop females too…Here’s to an even bigger year to the Blackpink ladies.” Social 50 ranks the most active artists on leading social networking sites with artists’ popularity, and BLACKPINK ranked 19th on the chart.
BLACKPINK has multiple songs that did well on Billboard charts and has gained recognition for its huge potential. The group has already set a number of new records in the history of K-pop. Four of BLACKPINK’s music videos have surpassed the 100 million view mark: the music videos of “BOOMBAYAH”, “PLAYING WITH FIRE”, “WHISTLE”, and “As If It’s Your Last”. The group is surely on its way to becoming a global star. BLACKPINK is to end its promotions for “As If It’s Your Last” in Korea soon and focus on Japan for the time being. BLACKPINK’s Japan debut album will be released on August 30, and from then on, the group will focus on promoting the album in Japan.