Blackpink Pass BTS As The Korean Musicians With The Most Top 40 Hits In The U.K.

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Just a week ago, Blackpink released the second single from their forthcoming debut full-length The Album, and now it’s become not just another placement on the U.K. songs chart for the group, but an important win.

“Ice Cream” opens at No. 39 this frame, narrowly breaking into the top 40, the region that typically defines when a song becomes a real hit. The group has reached that area before, and with one more appearance inside that tier to their name, the girl group has become the South Korean musical act with the most top 40s in the U.K.

The quartet’s new single instantly becomes their fifth top 40 in the country, which outpaces another one of the most successful names from South Korea…a group who just recently caught up.

Last week, BTS tied Blackpink for the most top 40 hits in U.K. history (among South Korean acts) when their new single “Dynamite” debuted at No. 3. At the time, both names had collected four big hits that spent at least one turn inside the top 40, but now the septet has been pushed to second place once again. 

Blackpink first reached the top 40 on the U.K. singles chart back in 2018 with “Kiss and Make Up,” a collaboration with beloved pop singer Dua Lipa. That tune lifted to No. 36, helping them make history with their debut placement inside the important arena.

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The four-member vocal outfit rose even higher the following year, unaccompanied for the first time. The band’s “Kill This Love” rose to No. 33, giving them a new best showing.

So far this year, Blackpink has now collected three top 40 hits, making 2020 the biggest year yet for the group. They kicked things off in June with “Sour Candy,” a duet with superstar Lady Gaga. That cut, which served as a promotional single from her new album Chromatica, shot to No. 17, and it still stands as the biggest hit yet for BP. Just a short time later, their own “How You Like That” surged to No. 20, immediately doubling their count of top 20 smashes.

Blackpink’s album is scheduled to arrive in less than a month, and they could score another top 40 hit when that title and the songs featured on it debut on the Official Chart Company’s rankings later this fall…though it’s far too early to tell how well the set will perform.

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