For almost eight years, PSY has held YouTube’s 24-hour most views record for a K-pop soloist, but the crown now belongs to Rosé of BLACKPINK.
YouTube has officially confirmed that the music video of “On The Ground”, the debut single of BLACKPINK main vocalist Rosé that premiered on March 12, received 41.6 million views in 24 hours, according to this Naver article. This was more than enough to eclipse the previous record that fellow K-pop artist PSY set in 2013, when “Gentleman” generated 36 million views in 24 hours.
Even prior to the launch, Rosé has already broken a record for female K-pop soloists, surpassing 400,000 copies in stock pre-orders of her solo debut album “R”, according to this Soompi article.
Today, March 16, her physical album was launched, and it reportedly has already broken the all-time record for highest first-day sales by a female soloist on the Hanteo Chart, with 270,072 copies sold and counting. The previous record was set by IU with “Love Poem”, which had first-day sales of 125,388 copies.
Meanwhile, Spotify also noted that Rosé’s two tracks, the title track “On The Ground” and sub-title track “Gone”, landed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Spotify’s Top 10 Global Debuts for the weekend.
Not only that, but also “On The Ground” reached No. 1 on iTunes in 51 countries, including the US.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand to South Korean parents, Rosé and her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2004 when she was seven years old.
After placing first in the YG Entertainment audition in Australia in 2012, Rosé flew to South Korea to become a trainee. She trained for four years and two months before debuting with BLACKPINK on Aug. 8, 2016 with the release of their first single album, “Square One”, which consisted of the tracks “Boombayah” and “Whistle”.