Kill This Love

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Kill This Love
Blackpink - Kill This Love.png
Digital and Pink version cover
EP by
ReleasedApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
GenreK-pop
Length16:19
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerTeddy & R.Tee
Blackpink chronology
Blackpink in Your Area
(2018)
Kill This Love
(2019)
Singles from Kill This Love
  1. "Kill This Love"
    Released: April 4, 2019[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundB[3]
NME3/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork6.2/10[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Kill This Love is the second Korean-language EP by South Korean girl group Blackpink, released on April 4, 2019, by YG Entertainment and Interscope Records.[7] It is their first Korean material since the release of Square Up in June 2018, and their debut release with Interscope Records.[8] The title track was released as the lead single.

Background[edit]

YG Entertainment released a statement saying that the lead single would be more "intense" than previous Blackpink songs but have a "strong rhythm" like "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", and that the video choreography would be more "dynamic" than previous efforts.[7][9] It was also produced by four "world-class" choreographers.[10]

Promotion[edit]

YG Entertainment began promoting the EP on March 25 with a teaser poster featuring Lisa.[7] On March 26, Jennie's teaser poster was revealed. Jisoo's teaser poster was revealed the next day. Rosé's teaser poster was finally revealed on March 28. The official group teaser poster was revealed on March 29. The music video teaser was released on April 2.

Commercial performance[edit]

The EP, which was released by April 23, 2019, debuted on the third place on the Gaon Album Chart with almost 250,000 copies sold in South Korea in just 8 days, which outsold their previous album, Square Up, which sold almost 175,000 in 15 days. The EP was also released digitally in China via QQ Music, KuGou, Xiami, and many more music applications. The EP sold over 500,000 digital copies in China, the first Korean girl group to do so. The EP also ranked #1 on iTunes in more than 40 countries.

Meanwhile, the title track is commercially successful in Korea and worldwide. The single topped 4 out of the 7 main charts in Korea, namely Mnet, Naver, Bugs!, and Soribada. As of May 16, 2019, the single had surpassed over 230 million heat index scores on Gaon Digital Chart in just 5 weeks. While being successful in Korea, the single is also successful worldwide. The single topped the U.S. iTunes Singles Chart,the first girl group to do so since Destiny's Child, 14 years ago. The single topped iTunes charts in more than 30 countries.

The tracks from the album has been streamed 75 million times in America, which is equal to 50,000 album-equivalent units. The album also sold 2,000 track-equivalent units. Pure sales of the album is estimated to be 7,000; bringing the total sales of the album to 59,000 in America.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Kill This Love"
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • 24
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • 24
3:13
2."Don't Know What to Do"Teddy
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • 24
3:22
3."Kick It"
  • Teddy
  • Danny Chung
  • TAEO
  • Teddy
  • 24
243:12
4."Hope Not" (아니길)
  • Teddy
  • Seo Won Jin
  • Lydia Paek
  • Seo Won Jin
3:12
5."Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" (뚜두뚜두, remix)Teddy
  • Teddy
  • 24
  • R.Tee
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • R.Tee
3:22
Total length:16:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 8
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 52
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[14] 17
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[15] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[17] 21
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[18] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 40
US Billboard 200[21] 24
US World Albums (Billboard)[22] 1

Sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
China (QQ Music) 533,122[23]
South Korea (Gaon Album Chart) 248,200
United States of America (Billboard 200) 59,000
Japan (Oricon Chart) 13,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Various April 5, 2019 Digital download, streaming YG Entertainment, Genie Music
South Korea April 23, 2019 CD
Japan April 26, 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, So-hyun (March 25, 2019). "블랙핑크 4월 5일 컴백 확정…타이틀은 'KILL THIS LOVE'". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kill this Love [EP] by BLACKPINK: Reviews And Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Dzubay, Laura (April 15, 2019). "BLACKPINK Continue Their World Domination on Kill This Love". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Daly, Rhian (April 5, 2019). "BLACKPINK – 'Kill This Love' review". NME. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Kim, Michelle (April 11, 2019). "BLACKPINK: Kill This Love EP Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (April 8, 2019). "Review: Blackpink's K-Pop Formula Keeps Working on 'Kill This Love'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Han, Sook-ji (March 25, 2019). "블랙핑크(BLACKPINK), 4월 5일 컴백 확정…타이틀곡 '킬 디스 러브'". Top Star News (in Korean). Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (March 25, 2019). "BLACKPINK Announce New Single & EP 'Kill This Love'". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "블랙핑크, YG 세무조사 속 다음달 5일 컴백". Yonhap News (in Korean). March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Blackpink announces new EP, 'Kill this Love' – National". globalnews.ca. March 26, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Blackpink – Kill This Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Blackpink Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 12 April 2019". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2019-05-13" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums 2019/4/15". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Gaon Album Chart – Week 17, 2019". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Veckolista Album, vecka 15". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "Blackpink Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "On this week's #WorldAlbums chart, @ygofficialblink earns their second No. 1 with 'Kill This Love' (EP)". Twitter. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "QQ Music - Kill This Love". China QQ Music. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019."Kugou Music". China Kugou Music. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019."Kuwo Music". China Kuwo Music. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

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