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Blackpink’s Rosé Joins Psy, J-Hope And August D As The Only Korean Soloists To Chart A Song In The U.K.

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Just a few days ago, singer, songwriter and dancer Rosé made history as her new single “On The Ground” debuted at No. 43 on the U.K. singles chart. For many artists, that placement wouldn’t be terribly important, but simply by making it on to the tally at all, the musician carved out a spot in the chart annals for herself. In another fashion, she’s joined a small, but expanding list of some of the biggest acts to emerge from her country.

Rosé is the first South Korean female solo musician to chart a song in the U.K., but when looking at all solo artists from that country, she isn’t alone. In fact, the vocalist, who is primarily known for her work as one of the members of Blackpink, is the fourth soloist from the Asian nation to land on the British songs ranking even once.

The first South Korean solo musician to chart in the U.K. was Psy, who remains the only musical act of any kind from the territory to hit No. 1. The viral sensation that was “Gangnam Style” went all the way to the peak position in 2012, and he followed that incredible and unlikely success the following year with “Gentleman,” which peaked at No. 10. To this day, he’s still the only unaccompanied South Korean act to break into the top 10 in the European country.

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Two members of the chart-topping boy band BTS have now landed on the singles ranking without their group mates. The first to do so was J-Hope, who recruited Latin-pop star Becky G for the international and multilingual (the tune is performed in English, Korean and Spanish) “Chicken Noodle Soup.” That tune landed at No. 82 for a single turn back in 2019.

Last year, Agust D, better known as Suga when he’s recording with BTS, made history when his solo cut “Daechwita” rose slightly higher than his bandmate, opening at No. 68.

“On The Ground” serves as Rosé’s first proper solo single, and it arrived with a B-side titled “Gone.” The two-track project was officially labeled R, and it may be just the first taste of what she sounds like as a solo act. After the 2020 Blackpink had in the U.K., it’s not entirely shocking the band’s fans rushed to support Rosé’s outing on her own. The quartet scored four of their seven total placements last year alone, including their first two top 20 hits with “How You Like That” and “Sour Candy,” a collaboration with Lady Gaga.

It remains uncommon for any South Korean solo musician to rack up enough streams and sales of any one song to chart in the U.K., though a quick look at the past few years shows that the British public is clearly interested in what these artists have to say in very large numbers. 

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