December 09, 2020 10:46
Girl group Black Pink's first full-length album was chosen as one of Billboard's "50 Best Albums of 2020: Staff Picks" on Monday.
The album ranked 25th on the list, which recognizes not only popularity but also musical value. The other K-pop album included was "Map of the Soul: 7" by Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, at 33rd.
"On their long awaited full-length debut, the appropriately titled 'The Album,' Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé offer up eight thrilling doses of grade-A K-pop perfection, from the hip-hop swagger of the thunderous lead song 'How You Like That' to the infectious shout-along dance-pop of 'Lovesick Girls,'" Billboard said.
"Add in a pair of high-profile collaborations with stateside superstars Selena Gomez ('Ice Cream') and Cardi B ('Bet You Wanna') and 'The Album' not only builds on the foursome's string of hits since their 2016 debut, it also provides the perfect entry point for soon-to-be Blinks to embrace the girls as they continue their meteoric rise." The girls' fans are known as "Blinks."
"The Album" debuted at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart a week after its release on Oct. 3 and stayed on the charts for eight and seven weeks, respectively.
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine named "Ice Cream" among its "50 Best Songs of 2020," ranking the song at 13th.
"The Korean girl-group queens make their power move on the American airwaves," the magazine said.
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