All-female K-pop quartet BLACKPINK is the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, as the group debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated June 30).
BLACKPINK’s debut is powered by its second EP, SQUARE UP, which launches at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. The set is the group’s first entry on the Billboard 200 and the highest-charting for an all-female K-pop group.
BLACKPINK, consisting of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa, is the second K-pop act overall to lead Emerging Artists, following NCT in May.
The bow is also sparked by BLACKPINK’s song “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” which debuts at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the highest-charting entry by a female K-pop group. It bests the lone prior such hit: Wonder Girls’ No. 76-peaking “Nobody” in 2009.