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Blackpink top US Billboard chart with Born Pink album – the first K-pop girl group to do so, and the first all-female act to reach No 1 since 2008

South China Morning Post logo South China Morning Post 26/9/2022 Tamar Herman
  • The girl group hit the top spot on the influential US chart a week after releasing their second album, Born Pink
  • This makes them the first K-pop girl group to do so, and the first female act to reach No 1 since 2008

Blackpink made history over the weekend with their new album Born Pink, becoming the first all-female group since 2008 to top the US Billboard 200 album chart, one of the most influential music charts in the world.

Released on September 16 and fronted by singles Pink Venom and Shut Down, the eight-track Born Pink is Blackpink's first No 1 album in the US. Billboard revealed the news on September 25

Although K-pop acts have become mainstays on international music charts in recent years, and several boy bands have risen to No 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, girl groups and female Korean artists had yet to hit the top spot.

Blackpink's No 1 is the first for an all-female act since Danity Kane's Welcome to the Dollhouse in April 2008.

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Blackpink's second full-length album arrived around two years after their first, The Album - which hit No 2 on the Billboard chart. Blackpink are also planning the largest K-pop concert tour ever by a female act.

Born Pink also topped charts around the world, including in the United Kingdom.

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Blackpink join BTS and Stray Kids, other K-pop groups who have topped the Billboard 200 chart this year. Boy band NCT 127 also broke into the Top 10, with their latest album, 2 Baddies, landing at No. 3.

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