Top girl groups to heat up Kpop chart race

Seoul, Aug 13:

The K-pop industry is bracing for a heated chart race as some of the top girl groups are gearing up to throw their hats in the ring with new albums in August.

BLACKPINK, the most-followed musical act on YouTube, will return with a new single titled “Pink Venom” next Friday at 1 p.m., making it the band’s first group project with all four members after one year and 10 months.

The song will be included in “Born Pink,” the band’s second LP set to come out on September 16.

After the new release, BLACKPINK will begin a mega world tour in October. The “Born Pink” world tour will kick off in Seoul from October 15-16 and continue in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania until June next year, the Yonhap news agency reported.

BLACKPINK was recently busy shooting the music video for the prerelease song, for which “the highest production cost ever was spent” according to its agency, YG Entertainment.

TWICE will return on August 26 with its 11th EP “Between 1&2.” Not much is known about the forthcoming album. The last album participated by all of the group’s nine members was “Formula of Love: O+T=< 3,” its third full-length album that debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 main albums chart following its release in November.

The new release comes after all bandmates recently renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment, breaking the so-called seven-year curse, a crisis experienced by many K-pop idol groups around the seventh year of their debut.

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