K-pop girl group Blackpink sign global partnership deal with Universal Music

Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa are the highest-charting K-pop girl group in UK chart history.

Watch out world: Blackpink going global.

The girl group formed in South Korea featuring members Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa will be represented by Interscope and Universal Music Group outside of Asia, as exclusively revealed by Billboard.

The K-pop quartet are currently releasing their music as part of YG Entertainment, who will continue to guide their careers in partnership with Universal. 

“We will work closely with the biggest music company, Universal Music Group, globally for the successful global debut and promotion of BLACKPINK,” said YG’s chairman and founder Yang Hyun Suk in a statement. “In addition, we will do our best to help other YG artists to break through the North American and European territories as well.”

Blackpink are the highest charting female K-pop act on the UK's Official Singles Chart, being only the third act behind Psy and BTS to represent the genre in the Top 100. Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, the lead single from their second EP Square Up, peaked at Number 78 in the UK.

Their Top 40 breakthrough may happen this week. The girls' collaboration with Dua Lipa called Kiss and Make Up was released last Friday as part of the Complete Edition of Dua's self-titled debut album. As of yesterday's Official Chart Update, the song placed at Number 36.

John Janick, chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, believes "BLACKPINK are global superstars in the making": "The music and visuals are so immediately striking and so different from anything else happening in pop music. We are beyond excited to partner with YG in pursuit of their vision for BLACKPINK world domination.”