The K-Pop groupBlackpink released their long-awaited first studio album today, titled The Album, which includes collaborations with American artists Selena Gomez and Cardi B and follows a succession of hit singles and mini-albums.

The first full-length album by the female quartet It includes Ice Cream y How You Like That, two previews of the album released in recent months that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart of music hits and whose video clips each add up to more than 300 million views and Youtube.

Ice Cream, recorded with Gómez and written by Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét, it also reached number 13 on that list, the highest position achieved to date by a K-pop girl group.

In The Album, the quartet of twenty-somethings has tried to “express various emotions related to love” and to “show girls who have grown up,” said South Korean singer and dancer Jennie, one of the band’s members, at a virtual press conference on Friday.

Jisoo, another of the components, highlighted the “great honor” of collaborating with American stars, and noted that working with artists of that level “helps to give another angle” to their creations.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the group will not be able to carry out a tour accompanying the launch at the moment of the album as originally planned, although he hopes to be able to return to the stage soon.

“It is very sad that we cannot perform live in front of our fans, but we look forward to touring when the situation is safer“said Lisa, a Thai national, who completes the training with the New Zealander of South Korean origin Rosé.

The band debuted in 2016 and has since become a global phenomenon at the height of the male group BTS, another of the great current references of K-pop.

To this meteoric trajectory they have contributed previous collaborations with other superstars like Lady Gaga, with whom Blackpink recorded the song Sour Candy, which was part of Chromatica, the sixth album by the New York artist released last May.

Blackpink’s representation company YG Entertainment reported that The Album has received more than a million previous bookings at launch, and added that if all these sales are confirmed during its first week on the market, The album will become the biggest bestseller in K-pop history in that period.