Plot twist: “Money”, an unpromoted B-side track from a Thai K-pop idol’s solo debut album, has become the best-selling rap song in the US.
BLACKPINK main dancer and lead rapper Lisa has made history as “Money” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales chart, which measures which rap songs sold the most digital copies in the tracking week. This makes Lisa the first female K-pop artist to top this chart, dethroning Drake, whose “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug now falls to second place.
What makes the success of “Money” even more remarkable is that it does not have a music video, though Lisa’s agency YG Entertainment has announced that it will release a special performance video for “Money”. The rap track has debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, which is the weekly ranking of the bestselling tracks in the US, where Lisa’s title track “Lalisa” has debuted at No. 6, giving her the two highest-ranking songs by a female K-pop soloist in history on that chart. “Money” also debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard Global 200, and at No. 24 on the Billboard Global Excl. US charts.
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The all-English song is the B-side track in Lisa’s first single album “LALISA”, which has already made history in South Korea by selling over 730,000 copies in the first week of sales on the Hanteo Chart. With this, Lisa dethroned her own group to become the female artist with the highest first-week sales on Hanteo, and only the sixth artist — and second soloist after Baekhyun — to exceed 700,000 in first week sales on Hanteo. Hanteo Chart will issue a Gold Certificate for Lisa as the first female soloist to become a half-million seller on Hanteo.
“Money” continues Lisa’s historic run, as not only did she beat Drake with an unpromoted rap song, but also other music industry giants.
“’Money’ arrives at No. 1 on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart having sold just over 6,900 copies, according to numbers shared by MRC Data. That puts it ahead of the runner-up, ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ which sold another 5,900 copies in its second tracking frame. Lisa’s first champion on this tally also beats fellow high-ranking smashes like Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s ‘Industry Baby’ (No. 4, 5,000 copies) and even Eminem’s Oscar-winning ‘Lose Yourself’ (No. 5, 3,450 copies).
Everyone silent. Listen to Lisa’s “Money” talk.