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The Album

The Album (stylized in all uppercase and alternatively titled BLΛƆKPIИK The Album) is the first Korean studio album and second album overall by BLACKPINK. It was released on October, 2, 2020, with "Lovesick Girls" serving as the title track. "How You Like That" and "Ice Cream" were released as pre-released singles.

Tracklist

  1. "How You Like That" - 3:01
  2. "Ice Cream" (with Selena Gomez) - 2:55
  3. "Pretty Savage" - 3:19
  4. "Bet You Wanna" (feat. Cardi B) - 2:39
  5. "Lovesick Girls" - 3:12
  6. "Crazy Over You" - 2:41
  7. "Love To Hate Me" - 2:49
  8. "You Never Know" - 3:49

Background and Release

On May 18, 2020, YG Entertainment revealed BLACKPINK would be doing a three part comeback. It will begin in June with the pre-release single "How You Like That" and end in September. YG revealed that BLACKPINK had recorded more than 10 new songs for their upcoming album. Their first song was to be released in Mid-June as a pre-release single. The second song was a new kind of song scheduled for a release in late July or August. Finally their full length album was revealed to be released in September with no exact date.[1].

On July 23, it was revealed BLACKPINK was gearing up for another single in their 3 step comeback after their successful "How You Like That" release. YG dropped a colorful teaser with the girls above and an empty space with the word "Featuring".[2] It is the 2nd part in the 3 step comeback. Reporters also suspected they would collaborate with Selena Gomez, but no official statement had been announced.[3] Later, the song was confirmed to feature American solo artist Selena Gomez. On August 21, it was revealed that they will be collaborating on the track "Ice Cream."

On July 28, YG dropped a teaser image and the album cover for their long awaited studio album, titled BLACKPINK The Album or THE ALBUM set for release on October 2, 2020. It will be the final part for their 3-part comeback after "How You Like That" and "Ice Cream".[4]

On September 27, it was announced that BLACKPINK will be holding a comeback live event on October 1. On September 28, it was announced that Lovesick Girls will be the title track off their album, The Album. Later that day they also released the album's track list, which revealed that both Jennie and Jisoo participated in writing the lyrics for Lovesick Girls.

BLACKPINK explained that "The Album" shows a more mature part of the group, through singing not only about love, but diverse emotions experienced by girls growing up". The group also stated that "there are a lot of different emotions, not just love" on the album.

On June 2, 2021, it was announced that BLACKPINK would release their Japanese version of The Album on August 3, 2021.

On July 7th, it was announced that a limited edition photobook will be released on August 9 as part of one of the "4+1" projects for BLACKPINK's anniversary. The photobook was designed by the members and includes unreleased photos.

Promotion

BLACKPINK began music show promotions on October 10th at Music Core. For the first week of promotions , they performed both "Lovesick Girls" and "Pretty Savage."

On October 21, BLACKPINK held a livestream on Tik Tok. The members talked about their first full length album, The Album, how they've been doing, played quizzes, and interacted with fans through various corners.

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Argentine Albums (CAPIF) 9
Australian Albums (ARIA) 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 16
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 5
Croatia International Albums (HDU) 22
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI) 11
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) 19
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 14
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) 9
French Albums (SNEP) 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 7
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 7
Icelandic Albums (Tónlist) 13
Irish Albums (OCC) 6
Italian Albums (FIMI) 17
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 4
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan) 2
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA) 3
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON) 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV) 4
Portuguese Albums (AFP) 19
Scottish Albums (OCC) 3
Slovak Albums (ČNS IFPI) 10
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 11
UK Albums (OCC) 2
US Billboard 200 2
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) 7
US World Albums (Billboard) 1

Monthly charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 18
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 12

Year-end charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 5
Hungarian Albums (Mahasz) 69
US Billboard 200 189
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) 30
US World Albums (Billboard) 4
IFPI Global Album Sales Chart (IFPI) 5

Audio

Spotify


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Trivia/Achievements

  • The Album hit #1 on both the album and single chart on US iTunes making BLACKPINK the second Korean girl group to do so.
  • With 66 #1 on Itunes Album Chart, The Album now has the most #1's by a female girl group.
  • The Album achieved 56 #1's on Apple Music extending it's record as the female group/K-Pop female album with the most #1’s on the platform.
  • With 1,353,556 digital copies sold, The Album is the best-selling female album in China in 2020. It's also the first album by a international act to sell over one million downloads in 2020.
  • The Album surpassed 1 million pre-orders, which broke the record for most pre-orders by a female girl group.[5]
  • The Album is the second album by a girl group to hit #1 on Worldwide Apple Music. It currently holds the record for the longest-running #1 album by a female group/K-Pop act. (24 days)
  • The Album spent 420 consecutive days in the top 100 on the Worldwide Apple Music Album chart, making it the second longest charting album by a Korean female act. It spent 24 days at #1.
    • It’s the second album by a K-Pop female act to spend 350 days on the chart after Kill This Love.
  • The Album sold 589,310 copies in its first day sales which makes it the highest for a female act on Hanteo. They are also the second group in history to sell over 500K in its first day.
  • Each of the 8 tracks debuted in the top 25 on Spotify.[6]
  • The Album is the first album by a female group to receive over 100 million streams in its debut week on Spotify. The Album got 148 million streams in its debut week making it the biggest week in 2020 by a female group on Spotify.
  • The Album is BLACKPINK's second album to go #1 on UK iTunes Albums chart.
  • The Album ranked at #1 out of the top 10 debut albums of release on Spotify.
  • The Album is the highest charting album by a female group from the 2010s in Germany (#7). It's also the highest for a female K-pop girl group.
  • Debuting at #2, The Album is the highest charting album by a K-pop female act in the UK.[7]
  • Debuting at #2, The Album is the highest charting album by a Korean girl group in Billboard 200 history. It also marks the highest-charting album by a girl group since Danity Kane.[8]
  • According to Hanteo, The Album is now the best selling girl group album of all-time in Korea. It's the 10th highest first week sales ever on Hanteo. They are the only female act.
  • The Album has over 1.8 billion streams on Spotify. It's the fastest album by a female group to reach 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 million, 1B(2 months 3 weeks), 1.1B, 1.2B(4 months 16 days), 1.3B, 1.4B(7 months), 1.5B(8 months), 1.6B, and 1.7 billion(11 months) streams on Spotify. It's the first album by a K-pop female act to achieve these milestones.
    • On global Spotify, The Album had the biggest debut for an album by a female group with 29.7 million streams.
    • It’s the 11th album by a female artist to surpass 1.7 billion streams this decade.
    • It's the 60th most streamed album (by a group) of all-time on Spotify. It is the only album by a K-Pop female act in the top 100.
    • It's the 70th most streamed female album on Spotify. It's the only album by an Asian female act in the Top 100.
    • It holds the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th biggest streaming week for an album by a female group on Spotify.
    • It's the third most streamed album of all time by a female group on Spotify. It joins Kill This Love as the only albums by K-Pop girl groups inside the Top 10.
    • It's the most streamed album by a K-pop female act on Spotify.
    • It's the seventh most streamed female album released in 2020 on Spotify.
    • It's the 26th most streamed album released in 2020.
    • It's the third album by a K-pop female act to surpass 600 million streams.
    • It's the eighth female album released in 2020 to surpass 1 billion streams.
    • It's the most streamed female group album released in 2020, with over 1 billion streams.
    • It's the 288th most streamed album.
    • It's the twelfth most streamed female album released in this decade so far on Spotify
    • It’s the 36th most streamed album in this decade on the platform.
    • It gained over 800 million streams on Spotify in 2021. It’s the most streamed album by a female group in 2021.
  • The Album is the most streamed 2020 female group album on Spotify, YouTube, Genie, Melon & Anghami.
  • The Album is the only female group album in 2020 to have 1 million album sales & 1 billion on-demand streams (Spotify) worldwide.
  • The Album has spent 28 consecutive weeks (since Chart Launch) on Japan Spotify Top Albums and Line Music Album Chart.
  • The Album is the only album by a female group to achieve multiple top 10 hits on the global Spotify daily chart (5).
  • The Album has surpassed 100,000 units sold in India from Spotify and YouTube streams alone.
  • The Album has surpassed over 6 billion streams across YouTube Official Videos, Spotify, MelOn & Genie.
  • In 2020, The Album was the 2nd most streamed album on Spotify in the Philippines.
  • The Album has 7 tracks with over 100 million streams on Spotify. It's the first album by a female group to have seven tracks reach 100 million streams.
    • It's the first album by a female group to have all tracks (8) reach 50 million streams.
  • Debuting at #2, "The Album" is currently known as being the best debut by a female group on the Billboard 200 in 12 years.
  • In 2020, The Album has the 3rd biggest first week streams for an international album in Brazil.
  • The Album gained 333.3 million steams and has 70,000 downloads in it's first week of release.[9]
  • The Album reached #5 on The Canadian Top 100.[10]
  • The Album is the first album by a K-Pop female group to spend three weeks in the Billboard 200's Top 10.
  • The Album is the first album by a female group to spend multiple weeks at #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales chart since The Chicks, Taking The Long Way Home.
  • The Album spent 51 weeks on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, making it the longest charting album by a Kpop female act.
    • It's the first album by a female group to spend 30 weeks on the chart since The Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Doll Domination’ (2008-2009).
    • The Album is the 10th longest charting album by a female group on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart.
    • It’s the longest-running album by a female group that debuted in the 2010’s decade.
  • In 2020, The Album is the 5th album by a female act to sell over 100,000 pure copies in the United States.
  • The Album is the best selling girl group album and the most streamed girl group album in 2020.
  • The Album as sold 1,684,000 equivalent album units on United World Chart.
    • It's the the 37th album to achieve over 1 million sales.
  • The Album has now sold over 3 million copies which makes it the first album by a K-pop female group to surpass 1 million. It is also the best selling album by a K-pop female group.
    • Its the seventh most streamed album by a Kpop artist in history on the platform.
    • Overall, it's the third most streamed album released in 2020 by a group on the platform.
  • The Album is the first album by a Korean girl group album to surpass 1 million units in United World Chart history. It's also the second fastest 2020 female album to surpass 1 million units.
    • The Album surpassed 1.6 million units overall.
  • The Album is the longest Korean female album to chart on the Billboard 200. It has spent 26 weeks on the chart. It's the first album by a Korean girl group to spend half a year on the Billboard 200.
  • The Album extends it’s record as the album by a female group that debuted in the 2010s with the top 10 entries on official charts.
  • The Album is the 5th best selling 2020 female album on the United World Chart.
  • The Album charted at #42 for the week of 7/11 on Billboard 200 with 15K units sold, bringing it to 209.2K in total sales.
  • The Album is the 4th best-selling 2020 female album in pure sales in the US, following ‘folklore’, ‘Chromatica’, and ‘Manic’, respectively.
  • Debuting with 1,092,550 copies sold on Gaon, The Album is now the first album by a female act to cross the 1 million mark. This also makes is the best-selling album by a K-pop female group on Gaon, surpassing ‘Love’ (S.E.S.) which held the record for 21 years.
  • The Album has sold 1,092,550 copies on Gaon last October as it charted on the Top 11s~ of the 8 biggest markets in the world albums chart. It also peaked on the Top 20s in 29 countries & Top 10s in 20 countries. Most for any girl groups in the last decade.
  • The Album has surpassed 2 billion digital points on Gaon.It's the second album by a female group to do so.
  • The Album earned a total of +3.4M USD revenue from 3 digital platforms in China (1,264,637 copies sold).
  • The Album spent 60 weeks on the Billboard World Albums Chart. It's the longest charting album by a Kpop female act.
    • It also spent 6 weeks at #1.
    • It's the first album by a Kpop female act to spend a year on the chart.
  • The Album has the second highest first week sales by a female act on Hanteo with 689,066.
  • UPROXX ranked The Album at #41 on their list of best albums released in 2020.[11]
  • On Billboard's 200 Year-End chart (2020), The Album ranked at #189.
  • The Album ranked at #4 on Billboard World Albums Year-End Chart. (2020)
  • The Album spent 55 days on the Worldwide Apple Music Chart top 10.
  • Based on pure sales, The Album was the 34th best-selling album of 2020 in the United States.
  • The Album spent 9 weeks on the Belgium Flanders & Wallonia Albums Chart, extending their record as the longest charting Korean female act in Belgium.
  • The Album spent 9 weeks on Germany's chart, extending their record as the longest charting Korean female act album in Germany.
  • With over 150 million streams on Genie, The Album is the only 2020 album by a female group to hit this milestone.
  • The Album was the first album by a female group with most #1's on Apple Music Album chart in 2020.
  • The Album sold over 500,000 units in the United States, making it eligible for Gold.
    • It is the second female album to achieve this.
  • Billboard ranked The Album at #25 on their top 50 best albums of 2020 list. This is also the highest ranking K-pop album on the list.[12]
  • The Album has been certified million on Gaon (1,000,000). It becomes the first and only album by a female act to receive this certification.
    • Overall, The Album has sold over 1.4 million copies on Gaon. It's the first album by a female act to achieve this. It's also the best selling album by a Korean female act surpassing BoA's VALENTI.
  • The Album has now sold over 6.1M units worldwide. It’s the fifth best selling album released in 2020.
  • The Album has now sold over 1.3M copies in China.
  • Billboard named The Album as one of the 25 Best Pop Albums of 2020.[13]
  • The Album has over 430 million streams on MelOn. It's the most streamed album by a female group surpassing Square Up.
    • It gained 253.7 million streams in 2020 making it the most streamed album by a female group.
  • Glamour Magazine named The Album as one of the best albums of 2020.[14]
  • The Album had the second biggest debut week by a female artist in 2020 (1,912,000). It's also the fastest album by a female artist to reach 1 million units in 2020, they did so in one week.
  • The Album is the longest running #1 album by a female artist on MelOn weekly chart in 2020 (4 weeks).
  • The Album and ‘folklore’ are the only female albums released in 2020 to surpass 2 million pure copies globally.
  • Genius ranked The Album at #14 on the 50 Best Albums of 2020. This is the highest placing for a K-pop group.
  • Selling over 5.2 million units worldwide, The Album is the biggest album by a female artist in 2020.
  • The Album is the only girl group album in 2020 (also in the past decade) to chart inside the Top 11 on the charts of the Top Biggest Music Markets in the world. (U.S. Japan, U.K. Germany, France, South Korea, Canada, Australia).
  • Idolator ranked The Album at #23 on The 70 Best Pop Albums Of 2020. It is the highest ranking for a K-pop act.[15]
  • BBC stated The Album was the 5th best selling cassette album of 2020 in the United Kingdom.
  • With an average of 530,000 views per song, The Album is the 5th most popular album on Genius in 2020. It is the highest ranking album by a K-Pop act on the chart.
  • The Album officially ends 2020 as the 7th best-selling album of the year on Hanteo, with 758,534 copies sold. It's the only album by a female act to be in the top 10.
  • Vogue Paris ranked The Album at #17 on their The 20 Best Albums of 2020 list.[16]
  • The Album ends 2020 as the 27th best-selling album of the year on United World Chart, with 1,651,000 units sold. It’s also the only one by a female group in the year-end chart for 2020. It debuted and charted in the top 20 in over 20 countries.
  • The Album is the #1 best-selling album by a female group on Gaon Albums Chart in 2020.
  • The Album ends 2020 as the fifth best-selling album of the year on Gaon with 1,263,681 copies sold. They’re the only female act in the top 10.
  • The Album entered the Top 150 on Worldwide Apple Music Albums chart of all time list. It's their 3rd album to be in the Top 150.
  • The Album sold over 360,000 units on Billboard 200 chart.
  • The Album is the second best selling album on Ktown4u with 524,922 album sales. It's the only album by a female group in the top 25.
    • It is the second fastest female album to surpass 100K sales on KTOWN4U after Rosé’s R. (9 days)
  • The Album is the top streamed K-Pop album on US Apple Music.
  • The Album debuted at #15 on the Official UK Vinyl Albums Chart.
  • The Album is currently the highest-charting K-Pop album on US iTunes. (#83)
  • The Album rose 153 spots on the RollingStone Top 200 Album Chart, it’s the 3rd biggest week increase in RS 200 history. (#185-#32) At #32 it’s the highest charting album by a K-pop act. [17]
  • The Album debuted at #8 on Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart.
  • The Album is the 9th best-selling album of all-time on Gaon. BLACKPINK is the only female act in the top 10.
  • The Album era has generated over 3,150,000,000 billion accumulated views on YouTube. (across 26 official videos on BLACKPINK’s Channel)
  • The Album has sold over 500K RIAA units (includes 2 pre-released singles).
  • The Album is the first 2020 female group album where all tracks (8) surpassed 30,000 likes on Melon.
  • The Album is the first for a female group to enter IFPI Top 10 Best Selling Album in a Year (Pure Sales) since 2004.
    • Its the 12th album worldwide on all-format in 2020 via IFPI. BLACKPINK is the only female group/act on the list.
  • The Album is the #5 best selling album on IFPI’s Global Album Sales Chart of 2020 in pure sales. 1.5+ million units sold (pure sales across physical & digital downloads)
  • All tracks off The Album entered both MelOn 24Hits & FLO Chart.
  • The Album has over 400 million on-demand audio streams in the US.
  • The Album has sold 300,000 pure copies in the U.S. It is the 8th best selling album & the best selling album by a girl group in the US.
    • The Album is the eighth best-selling female album of the 2020s decade in the US so far.
    • The Album has sold over 100,000 units in the US in 2021. It's the only female group album this year so far.
    • The Album has sold over 264,000 units worldwide in 2021. (80,000 pure copies)
    • The Album has sold over 117,000 pure copies in the US in 2021 alone.
  • The Album was the 12th best selling album (all formats) in 2020, it’s the only album by a female group in the Top 20.
  • The Album is the 100th album with most points on Worldwide Apple Music Album chart with over 2 million points. It’s the only one by a female group in the top 100.
  • The Album is the first album for a K-Pop female act to have 4 songs with over 200K sold in the U.S.
  • The Album has sold over 100,000 copies on Gaon Album chart this year. It's the only female album released in 2020 to do so.
  • The Album sold over 600,000 equivalent album units worldwide in 2021 so far.
  • The Album is the fourth most streamed album in Brazil.
  • The Album has sold over 100,000 units in Japan (57.4K SEA; 41.1K Physical; 4.4K Digital).
  • The Album is the #1 most streamed K-Pop girl group album globally. (5.7B)
  • Every single from The Album has now scored a RIAJ streaming certification in Japan.
  • The Album is the only album by a female group to ever enter the top 10 on the US Apple Music chart (#7).
  • The Album has the second highest ranking for a Korean female album on Metacritic. (#71)
  • The Album has sold 82,000 pure copies on the US Billboard Top Album Sales chart in the 1st half of 2021. It’s the best selling female group album of the year in the US so far.
  • The Album ranks as the 4th best-selling pure album by a Korean act in the US this decade.
  • The Album spent 22 days at #1 on the US Apple Music K-Pop Album chart.
  • The Album is the most streamed female group album on YouTube with over 4.05 billion views across all official videos.
  • The Album spent 400 days on Worldwide iTunes Album chart. It was #1 for 10 days, making it the longest running #1 by a Korean female act.
  • The Album joins Square Up as the female group albums with the most Platinum Streaming certification (2 Platinum certification each albums).
  • The Album is now the Longest-running album by a Korean female act on iTunes Worldwide (123 days) surpassing Kill This Love.
  • The Album sold over 60,000 units in the UK, making it certified silver.
  • According to the CSPC methodology, The Album has sold over 6.4 million units globally.
  • The Album ranked at #3 on Billboard World Albums Year-end chart in 2021. It's the biggest album by a female act and the only female album in the top 10.
    • The Album ranked at #30 on Billboard Top Album Sales Year-end 2021 chart. It’s the year’s best-selling album by a female group.
    • It's the second girl group album to appear on the Billboard 200 Year-End Chart for 2 consecutive years.

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