INDIO, CA – APRIL 12: Lisa (L) and Rosé of BLACKPINK perform at Sahara Tent during the 2019 … [+]
Already a star as a member of one of the biggest girl groups on the planet, singer-songwriter Rosé has now made history in one of the largest music markets in the world all on her own.
Rosé debuts her solo single “On The Ground” on this week’s songs ranking in the U.K., and by making it to the tally at all, she’s smashed a glass ceiling that was, somehow, still intact. The multitalented figure is now the first solo female Korean musician to chart a hit single in the nation.
“On The Ground” begins its time on the U.K. singles chart at No. 43, narrowly missing out on becoming a top 40 win for the New Zealand-born singer, who has lived in and made her name in South Korea for years now. The track is the third-highest debut of the week, coming in behind new wins by KSI, Yungblud and Polo G (“Patience,” No. 3) and Central Cee (“6 For 6,” No. 16).
Rosé has been a proper hitmaker for several years now as a member of the K-pop girl group Blackpink, who become more and more popular with every new release. The band has now charted half a dozen top 40 hits in the U.K., including singles with Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga that dropped just last year, bringing them to new heights. They’ve sent two collections to the albums ranking, with one EP (2019’s Kill This Love) stalling at No. 40 while last year’s The Album, their first full-length, almost topped the tally, though it was forced to settle for second place.
“On The Ground” was released as a two-song single, accompanied by the track “Gone.” The two were packaged together as R, her first release on her own.
Rosé isn’t the first member of Blackpink to release music on their own, but hers is gearing up to be the biggest by far among the group members, thanks largely to how successful the quartet is now. It’s possible that “On The Ground” will be featured on a larger EP or album later on, though future plans have been kept private thus far. Looking at how popular the title has become in just its first few days of availability (it was a massive seller in South Korea), it’s safe to assume Rosé will deliver more solo work at some point in the future.
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