Kill This Love (song)

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"Kill This Love"
Single by Blackpink
from the EP Kill This Love
Language
  • Korean
  • English
ReleasedApril 4, 2019
Format
Genre
Length3:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Teddy Park
  • R.Tee
  • 24
  • Bekuh BOOM
Blackpink singles chronology
"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"
(2018)
"Kill This Love"
(2019)
Music video
"Kill This Love" on YouTube

"Kill This Love" is a song recorded by South Korean girl group Blackpink. It was released on April 4, 2019 through YG and Interscope, as the lead single for the group's second Korean-language EP Kill This Love. It was written by Park Hong-jun and Rebecca Johnson and produced by them alongside 24 and R.Tee.

The single has been described as an electropop song, whose lyrics talk about the girls' decision to end a toxic relationship. An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Hyun Seung Seo and uploaded onto Blackpink's YouTube channel simultaneously with the single's release. Upon release, the music video broke the record for the most views within 24 hours, accumulating 56.7 million views and has, as of December 2019, accumulated 690 million views on the platform. A Japanese language version of the song was released in October 2019.

Commercially, the single reached the charts in 27 countries. It peaked at number two in South Korea and became the best-charting song of a South Korean girl group in the United States, peaking at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 7,000 copies the first week.

Background[edit]

Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG Entertainment announced in February 2019 that Blackpink was set for a comeback with an EP in March.[1] The single and EP were announced on March 25.[2] Between March 31 and April 1, multiple individual teaser pictures were posted onto their social media accounts.[3]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song was written by Park Hong-jun and Rebecca Johnson, who previously wrote "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", while production was handled by them alongside R.Tee and 24. Its lyrics have been described as a "breakup anthem"[4] and the song itself has been described as a stomping, brassy electropop track with trap elements.[5][6] The song contains "blaring horns and martial percussion",[7] with Rosé and Jisoo leading the "impassioned" pre-choruses about breaking up.[7] The song ends with an "imperial rallying cry to cut off the dead weight". Billboard's J.M.K. noted that the group's "girl crush" concept never felt more visceral than with this song.[7]

Music video[edit]

KBS banned the music video as member Rosé is seen driving a car without a seatbelt.

An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Hyun Seung Seo and shot in mid-March.[8] It was released simultaneously with the song. Upon the music video's release, Kill This Love simultaneously obtained the records of fastest-liked video and fastest viewed video on YouTube, reaching 1 million likes in 28 minutes and 56.7 million views within 24 hours of release, averaging about 650 views per second during that interval and making it the most viewed YouTube video in the first 24 hours after release.[9][5][10][11] Furthermore, it became the fastest video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, doing so in approximately 2 days and 14 hours, beating the record set by fellow Korean artist Psy with "Gentleman" in 2013.[12][11] It also set the record for the biggest YouTube Premiere with 979,000 concurrent viewers.[13] On April 9, the dance practice video for "Kill This Love" was released on Blackpink's official YouTube channel.[14] South Korean public broadcaster KBS banned the music video "for violating the country’s Road Traffic Act", due to a scene in which Rosé is seen driving a car at high speed without a seatbelt.[15]

Promotion[edit]

Blackpink promoted the song on several music programs in South Korea including Show! Music Core and Inkigayo.[16][17] "Kill This Love" and other songs of the same-titled EP were performed at Coachella on April 12.[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Kill This Love" debuted at no. 25 of the Gaon Digital Chart with only one and a half day of charting, later peaking at no. 2 the second week, giving the group their sixth top five song.[19] In the United States, the single debuted at no. 41, selling 7,000 pure copies first week and accumulating 18.6 million streams.[20] The song stayed in the Hot 100 for a total of four consecutive weeks.[21] In the United Kingdom, "Kill This Love" charted at no. 33, the highest for any female South Korean act.[22]

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists
Publication List Rank Ref.
Amazer Most Covered K-pop Songs of 2019 1 [23]
Billboard The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List 66 [24]
The 25 Best K-pop Songs of 2019: Critics' Picks 21 [25]
BuzzFeed Best K-pop Music Videos of 2019 9 [26]
CelebMix Top 10 KPOP songs of 2019 5 [27]
Paper Paper's Top 50 Songs of 2019 1 [28]
Refinery29 The Best K-Pop Songs of 2019 17 [29]
Rolling Stone India 10 Best K-pop Music Videos of 2019 N/A [30]
South China Morning Post The 10 best K-pop songs of 2019 2 [31]
YouTube Top 10 Most-Watched MVs of 2019 Within Korea 4 [32]
Awards
Ceremony Year Category Result Ref.
BreakTudo Awards 2019 International Music Video of the Year Won [33]
Boom Video of the Year Won
Melon Music Awards Best Rap/Hip Hop Track Nominated [34]
Mnet Asian Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [35]
Best Dance Performance Female Group Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best K-Pop Nominated [36]
People's Choice Awards Music Video of 2019 Won [37]
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2020 Song of the Year – April Nominated [38]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Pending [39]
Favorite Music Video Choreography Pending
Music program awards
Program Date Ref.
Inkigayo (SBS) April 21, 2019 [40]
May 26, 2019 [41]

Charts[edit]

Note: In Australia, the EP ranked at number 18 on the singles chart, but the single was not recognised separately.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 4, 2019 [77]
United States May 7, 2019 Contemporary hit radio Interscope [78]
Japan October 28, 2019 [79]

See also[edit]

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