It seems like the collaboration between Blackpink and Selena Gomez is still a hot topic. Rolling Stone chose the song as one of its “The Best Pop Collaborations of 2020.”
On Dec 15 (local time), Rolling Stone announced its “The Best Pop Collaborations of 2020.” And among the 18 songs, “Ice Cream,” which BLACKPINK collaborated with Selena Gomez, was the only K-pop song to be named.
“Blackpink’s feature on Lady Gaga’s Chromatica album in March was an unexpected surprise for both BLINKS and Little Monsters alike, but “Sour Candy” was just a teaser for bigger things to come,” wrote Rolling Stone. “While Blackpink have stormed the charts with their brand of in-your-face lyrics and aggressive, beat-heavy bangers, ‘Ice Cream’ showcased a softer, more subtle side to the group, with playful double entendres riding a relaxed, head-nodding groove.”
They also put the spotlight on what this Korea act has accomplished this year through collaborations, saying, “The girls’ voices trade off perfectly with Gomez’s, equally coy and seductive, while holding their own with the reigning pop princess. Blackpink have never needed anyone’s stamp of approval to find success, but having a Gaga and Gomez co-sign in the same year went a long way towards exposing the group to a larger audience (worth noting: The Album also features a track with Cardi B).”
After debuting at No. 1 on iTunes Worldwide chart immediately after its release, “Ice Cream” also blasted into No. 13 on Billboard Hot 100, setting a new record in K-pop girl group history. In addition, the music video has surpassed 400 million views on YouTube in 80 days and garnered 200 million streams on Spotify, surprising the globe with its record-breaking streak.
As much as the dazzling global performance of “Ice Cream,” it is recognized for its strong influence by appearing on the 2020 year-end charts of several foreign media. Blackpink became the only K-pop girl group to rank 13th on Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of 2020” with “Ice Cream.” The song was also spotted on AP’s song of the year chart and even ranked 74th on Billboard’s “The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List.”