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Lisa makes solo debut on Billboard, No. 2 on Global 200

"Lalisa", the solo debut single of Lisa, has entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84. She becomes the second BLACKPINK member and only the third female K-pop soloist after CL and BLACKPINK Rosé to make it to the prestigious chart. Image credit: MU:PLY
Image credit: MU:PLY

“Lalisa”, the solo debut single of Lisa, has entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84. She becomes the second BLACKPINK member and only the third female K-pop soloist after CL and BLACKPINK Rosé to make it to the prestigious chart.

Not only that, but also “Lalisa” debuted at No. 2 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. US charts. Moreover, “Lalisa” and Lisa’s B-side single “Money” debuted at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, which is the weekly ranking of the bestselling tracks in the US. This makes Lisa the female K-pop soloist with the two highest-ranking songs in history on the Digital Song Sales chart. The success of “Money” is particularly remarkable since it was not promoted and does not have a music video. Lisa’s agency YG Entertainment, however, has announced that it will release a special performance video for “Money” on Sept. 22 at 11 PM GMT+8.

Making history

According to Billboard, “Lalisa” has sold 9,200 digital copies while “Money” sold 6,900 in their first tracking frame in the US.

“Not only will both of her just-released tunes find their way to the tally, they’ll both open inside the top 10, giving her control over 20% of the highest tier on the list. That’s the sort of feat that remains reserved for only the biggest and most successful acts in the American market, and now Lisa ranks among them.”

Lisa has broken several records with her solo debut, including dethroning BLACKPINK by selling more than 730,000 copies to generate the highest first-week sales by a female artist on South Korea’s Hanteo Chart.

In fact, she became only the sixth artist — and the second soloist after Baekhyun — to exceed 700,000 in first-week sales on Hanteo.

On Sept. 17, Lisa took first place for “Lalisa” on “Music Bank” despite not attending, making history as the first non-Korean soloist to win on a Korean music show.

Lisa also broke Taylor Swift’s YouTube record for the most views in the first 24 hours for a music video by a solo artist. “Lalisa” generated 73.8 million views in 24 hours to beat Taylor’s record of 65M for “ME! (feat. Brandon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)”. Not only that, but also this gave Lisa the sixth-biggest YouTube music debut of all time, overtaking BTS’ “Permission to Dance”, which had 72.3 million views in 24 hours.

Lisa has broken these records despite what her fans say is a glaring lack of promotional activities by her agency YG Entertainment, particularly in South Korea. This has led Lisa fans to trend MORE PROMOTIONS FOR LISA on Twitter and continue their demands for more promotional activities.