Last week, Blackpink debuted their first full-length The Album at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, exciting their fans with the lofty placement on the important chart. The set almost ran the show, but just days before it arrived, hip-hop musicians Metro Boomin and 21 Savage revealed their latest collaborative project Savage Mode II was to drop on the same day, and they ended up winning the week.
Nevertheless, Blackpink made history in a number of ways simply by appearing inside the top 10 at all—here’s how.
First South Korean Girl Group To Hit The Top 10
Only a handful of girl groups from South Korea have managed to place even one title on the Billboard 200, with Blackpink leading the way when it comes to both the most appearances on the chart as well as the highest-ranking successful albums. The Album opened at No. 2 on the ranking upon its arrival, making it not just the band’s first top 10 in the U.S., but the best placement yet (and first top 10) for an all-female vocal troupe from the Asian nation.
Blackpink beat their own record for the highest-charting release by a South Korean girl group with the successful title, as their 2019 EP Kill This Love lifted to No. 24.
Fifth South Korean Act To Hit The Top 10
With their first top 10 on the Billboard 200, Blackpink became just the fifth musical act of any kind from South Korea to make it to the highest tier on the most competitive ranking of the most popular albums in the U.S.
Before 2020, only BTS and SuperM had pushed into the loftiest arena, and so far this year, three additional acts have joined that group as well, as Monsta X, NCT 127 and then Blackpink scored huge titles.
Second-Highest-Charting Album By A South Korean Act
When The Album opened (and peaked, it turns out) at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, it tied with one other recent release as the second-highest-charting full-length by a South Korean musical act in U.S. history. Just one frame before Blackpink appeared inside the top 10 for the first time, supergroup SuperM launched their latest effort Super One in the runner-up rung as well. So far, those releases are the only two from artists who got their start in the Asian territory to stall one space shy of running the show.
Five different albums by South Korean artists have controlled the Billboard 200, with four coming from BTS (Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer, Map of the Soul: Persona and Map of the Soul: 7) and the sole other having been delivered by SuperM (their self-titled EP).
Source: Forbes – Business