by Gabi Pucher
The music scene has been shaken with the drop of Blackpink’s new work titled The Album. It was officially released on Oct. 2, 2021. Some of the songs featured top American artists such as Selena Gomez and Cardi B. If you are looking to be hyped up and wanting to dance The Album is perfect for you. The Album is definitely worth the purchase because of songs that translate over language lines and the themes that reach all age groups.
The Album was record-breaking with it debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, the first all-female girl group to debut that high in over a decade. It was also the largest K-pop debut album with over 110,000 copies sold/streamed.
Blackpink is a South Korean girl group made up of four members: Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo, and Lisa. The group was formed in 2016 under YG Entertainment. They have consistently made tracks at the top of the charts with high-scale production music videos. With previous tracks, “Kill This Love”, “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, and “As If It’s Your Last,” fans have loved Blackpink for their themes of girl power with their all-female group.
The Album consists of eight songs: “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream,” “Pretty Savage,” “Bet You Wanna,” “Lovesick Girls,” “Crazy Over You,” “Love To Hate Me,” and “You Never Know.” The Singles on The Album that included Music Videos were “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream,” and “Lovesick Girls.”
The Album expressed themes of love, heartbreak, growing up, girl power, and independence. Each track showed the vocal and stylistic ability of each member. With each song’s catchy choruses and exciting beats, you can’t but help but sing along.
The Album’s message is not lost in translation through both their English and Korean lyrics. Even if the words are not there you can feel the message and the meaning through their expensive music videos. The songs also connected to English speakers through their English courses and verses with the help of American singers.
Top American artists were featured on the album, helping The Album gain momentum in the US. “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez has been streamed over 496 million times on Youtube. The single peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top 100, being Blackpink’s highest-charting single in the US.
The Album is a definite must-have even if you are a K-pop fan or new to the genre. Each song is captivating and exciting, it’s the perfect album for anyone no matter their music taste. You won’t be able to help yourself from listening to this album on repeat.
Blackpink has gathered fans from all over the world with their catchy songs, incredible music videos, and their charming personalities. Be sure to check out The Album and other works by the new hit group Blackpink.