Blackpink is 2nd most-subscribed artiste on YouTube; Justin Bieber remains No.1


Blackpink's new collaboration will be with American rapper, Cardi B. Photo: Handout

South Korean girl group Blackpink became the second most-subscribed musician on YouTube on Tuesday (Sept 29), its management agency said.

The official YouTube channel of Blackpink saw the number of its subscribers surpass 48.8 million, pushing down the American DJ Marshmello to No.3, according to YG Entertainment.

Justin Bieber topped the list with 57.2 million subscribers.

The group's popularity on the global video-sharing platform hiked after it dropped its hit song How You Like That in June, a pre-release for its upcoming album, titled The Album.

In July, it rose to fifth place in terms of YouTube subscribers among worldwide singers, and No.1 for a female artiste, outpacing Ariana Grande.

It beat Ed Sheeran and Eminem to grab the third-highest position thanks to the release of Ice Cream, featuring Selena Gomez, in late August.

The group has gained 8 million new subscribers over the past three months, including 4.5 million after the release of How You Like That and 3.5 million following Ice Cream, according to YG Entertainment.

The company attributed the achievement to "consistent attention and expectations from loyal fans".

Meanwhile, YG Entertainment said Bet You Wanna, a track from the girl group's upcoming studio album, features American rapper Cardi B.

It is another international collaboration for Blackpink, following Ice Cream.

Cardi B is a renowned American rapper and songwriter, whose latest song WAP, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has hit No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

The quartet's first full-length album is set to be released Friday. The music video for Lovesick Girls will also be revealed to the public on YouTube on the same day. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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