Billboard US has trained its spotlight on Korean girl band BLACKPINK’s new collaboration with British musician Dua Lipa.
BLACKPINK – the first all-female pop group formed by Korean entertainment agency YG Entertainment – made their international crossover by joining Lipa on the song Kiss and Make Up.
The bilingual dance track is their first with the singer and is included on her latest album, titled “Dua Lipa”.
The song, which was released on October 19, quickly topped the iTunes chart in 21 countries and climbed to eighth place on the US chart.
A Billboard review praises the Korean group and describes the track as “thriving on their addictive vocals”.
Forbes magazine also wrote a lengthy preview of the song, calling it an “East-meets-West summit between international It Girls”.
Calling BLACKPINK “one of the K-pop girl groups with the most crossover potential”, the magazine says the teamwork shown on the song made it feel like Lipa was part of the group.
BLACKPINK reached No 55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, the highest a K-pop girl band has ever climbed. On YouTube, the song became one of the most-viewed music videos within a day of its release. YG Entertainment has announced that all band members will soon release individual albums, with Jennie’s solo debut expected by the end of the year.
This article was originally written by Lee Min-young for The Korea Times .