K-pop girl band BLACKPINK has signed a contract with Interscope Records, an American record label associated with the Universal Music Group (UMG), in a move widely seen as the group’s preparation for a US debut.

The four-member group will be hoping to emulate the huge American success of another South Korean group, the seven-strong boy band BTS – now in the middle of a world tour – which has topped the US Billboard album chart twice this year.

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BLACKPINK’s agency, YG Entertainment, revealed the deal on Tuesday.

It said it was signed “recently” but did not give further details, including which company proposed the deal and its duration.

Interscope represents several global pop stars such as Madonna, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga.

Yang Hyun-suk, founder and CEO of YG Entertainment, welcomed the contract, and said he would fully support BLACKPINK’s activities in the US.

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“I hope this case will pave the way for other YG artists to enter the North American and European markets,” Yang said.

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s chairman, has high hopes for the band’s success in the US.

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The British-born music mogul told the “UMG Global Leadership Summit” on October 10 that he “look[ed] forward to building upon BLACKPINK’s remarkable early success by putting the global resources and expertise of UMG behind them and growing their audience around the world”.

The all-female K-pop group―– Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa –―made its debut in 2016 with Square One.

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It rocketed to stardom with the later release of the songs Whistle and Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.

BLACKPINK recently collaborated with British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa on the song Kiss and Make Up, which was released on October 19.

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This article was originally written by Dong Sun-hwa, Park Si-soo for  The Korea Times .