After ruling K-pop, BLACKPINK aim to takeover pop world

NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after they debuted as the next buzzed-about girl group on the K-pop music scene, BLACKPINK’s lofty dreams in music have come into fruition.

Perform at Coachella. Check.

Record a song with Lady Gaga. Check.

Collaborate with Selena Gomez. Check.

Get a verse from Cardi B. Check.

Another major objective: Record their first-full length album after being known for dropping hit single after single to showcase a deeper, more personal side of the group.

Boldly titled “The Album,” the eight-song project being released Friday highlights all the things BLACKPINK have become known for: fun, big, explosive songs that meshes sounds like pop, electronica, hip-hop, dance and trap.

BLACKPINK — which also includes Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa — debuted with the singles “Boombayah” and “Whistle,” which quickly topped the South Korean music charts. They’ve had success with other hits and marked their debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018 with the gold-selling “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” which has more than 1 billion views on YouTube, and “Kiss and Make Up,” a collaboration with English hitmaker Dua Lipa. A year later, they nearly cracked the Top 40 with “Kill This Love,” while a pair of their EPs reached the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

BLACKPINK say they’re excited to see female artists open their doors to the group finding its way in the international music industry. “We feel very supported,” Rosé said.