BLACKPINK’s Lisa set a new record for a K-pop female artist on the radio, considered the root of the American pop music market.
Lisa’s solo track “MONEY” peaked at No. 35 on the Pop Airplay chart, Billboard’s ranking of the tunes that reach the largest audience at pop radio in America. About three months after the song was released in September last year, it first entered the top 40 and has been on the rise ever since. In particular, this is the first time a K-pop female musician made the chart for three consecutive weeks.
The Pop Airplay chart ranks approximately 160 major radio stations in the States by counting the number of weekly broadcasts. Barriers to entry are still high for non-English-speaking singers as they target traditional local mass media.
Forbes also highlighted this feat, covering the story under the title “Blackpink’s Lisa Is Already The Most Successful Female K-Pop Musician Ever On Billboard’s Pop Chart.” In fact, Lisa’s “MONEY” became the number one song requested by listeners of iHeartRadio in 2021.
Meanwhile, Lisa gained popularity, dominating the major global charts with her solo debut smash LALISA. The title song of the same name ranked 84th on Billboard Hot 100 in the first week of release and dominated the iTunes Top Song Charts in 72 countries and the Global YouTube Song Top 100 for two weeks in a row.
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