It’s official: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK is collaborating with American rapper Cardi B. YG Entertainment officially confirmed the BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab when it unveiled the tracklist poster of “THE ALBUM” this morning.
“Bet You Wanna” is the BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab single. It also lists songwriter and OneRepublic lead vocalist Ryan Tedder in the writing credits. Meanwhile, BLACKPINK fans — called BLINKS — are also overjoyed to see the names of the girl group’s members Jisoo and Jennie in the writing credits of the title track “Lovesick Girls“.
‘THE ALBUM’ tracklist
YG Entertainment released two of the eight songs on “THE ALBUM”, BLACKPINK’s highly anticipated first full album in South Korea, ahead of the album launch as part of the girl group’s three-step comeback.
The first one was “How You Like That“, which peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 to tie BLACKPINK’s “Sour Candy” collab with Lady Gaga as their highest-ranking Billboard Hot 100 hit at the time.
Their second single, “Ice Cream“, a collab with Selena Gomez, however, debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. This became the new career-best rank for BLACKPINK. It also made them the first K-pop girl group to enter the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Apart from “Love Sick Girls” and “Bet You Wanna”, the six new songs on “THE ALBUM” include “Pretty Savage”, “Crazy Over You”, “Love To Hate Me”, and “You Never Know”.
The BLACKPINK-Cardi B collab is the fourth time the K-pop girl group is collaborating with a Western artist, after Dua Lipa (“Kiss and Make Up”), Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez.
‘THE ALBUM’ launch
On Sept. 4, YG Entertainment announced that “THE ALBUM” has already “surpassed 800,000 stock pre-orders in just six days“.
Simply called “Comeback Live”, the live stream will start at 10 AM Korean Standard Time (9 AM Philippine Standard Time). “THE ALBUM” will be launched on digital platforms at 1 PM KST (12 NN PST), while the physical album will be released on Oct. 6.
BLACKPINK has also created a Spotify playlist to share their favorite tracks from other artists. This is in preparation for the digital launch of “THE ALBUM” on Oct. 2. Those who follow the Spotify playlist, dubbed as “BLACKPINK presents THE ALBUM”, will be among the first to hear BLACKPINK’s new album.