The South Korean girl group Blackpink recently made their comeback on 2nd October, 2020. They went on to release their first-ever full-length album. The song ‘Lovesick Girls’ has already crossed 100 million views on YouTube and was trending on number 1 in various countries. Their album is titled ‘The Album’ and it has become one of the best-selling albums of 2020. It has a variety of songs and they have collaborated with many top artists such as Selena Gomez, Cardi B, and David Guetta. It also includes the single song ‘How You Like That’ that they released earlier this June. The album is a mix of POP and EDM and is intended on showing the more mature side of the girls.
Their all-time producer Teddy along with others such as Tommy Brown, R. Tee, Mr. Franks, and 24 have produced the 8 songs in the album. In the month of May, the album was announced and all their fans were super excited as it has been 4 years since the girls debuted but it is the first time that they were releasing their album. Talking about the songs in the album, many have said that the lyrics of the songs does not make sense most of the time. They have only used rhyming words along with EDM beats to give it a pop feel. The songs are the type that helps you to get done with your workout and not something that you can call a classic. The Selena and Cardi B collab songs are completely in English and they are focusing on the international market along with the Korean market.
How did the fans react to the release of ‘The Album’?
Many fans have said that they felt four years was not worth the wait for this album. The styles are not blending together at all and the album sounds exactly like the songs that they have released in the past. Since their debut, Blackpink has been breaking charts. In fact, now it is said to be the most influential girl group across the globe. They are also the first to perform at Coachella and have sold out concerts.
“lovesick girls a snoozefest and the rest of the album is either dated or sounds like teddy plagiarized from 10 diff songs”
— kpop confessions (@sissyong) October 5, 2020
Listen, as much as I like Blackpink, the album is not that good and we have to accept the fact that only a few of those 8 songs are bops, the others are just… A choice. They tried to experiment with more new sounds and everything but let's be honest, it didn't work.
— Ellie (@Ellie_Noctis) October 2, 2020
i love blackpink, i really do, but the album is just not that good ..
— bina | JK 🖤⁷ (@ggukiestyles) October 2, 2020
YG, the label company that looks after Blackpink is known for playing dirty. After Blackpink became popular, they were mostly doing modeling activities and acting as ambassadors for brands. They had completely stopped focusing on music. To date, they have only released 42 songs which is uncommon in K-pop. Other groups have released more than 100 songs releasing at least two albums every year. YG Entertainment is trying to build Blackpink mostly on the international market and they are not that popular in their own country. Earlier, YG had a girl group called 2NE1. They used to rule K-pop as they were the only badass group. At that time, every other group was into girly concepts. They were disbanded in 2016 as they were not given music to work on. As a result, new groups came up taking their position leaving them with nothing.