K-pop is proving it’s here to stay as BLACKPINK has overtaken Justin Bieber as the most subscribed artist on YouTube. The video streaming platform announced on Friday (September 10) that the K-pop superstars currently have 65.5 million subscribers.
“It’s amazing. It’s a precious moment donated by our BLINKS (fans),” the group’s Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rosé said in an official statement. “We would like to dedicate this honor to all of our fans around the world who have loved and supported us.” The four-member group added, “Our BLINKS have contributed a lot to this achievement, so we hope they enjoy this honor as well. … We will continue to bring positivity and great energy through our music and videos.”
Previously, they were only listed as the second most subscribed artist on YouTube. They surpassed the 60 million mark in April, trailing only Bieber. Beiber subscribers currently stand at 65.1 million. BTS follows with 57.7 million, followed by Marshmello with 53.8 million and Ariana Grande with 49.6 million.
According to YouTube, BLACKPINK has had over 9.7 billion views worldwide over the past year. They have four music videos, each of which has garnered over a billion views: “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, “Kill This Love”, “Boombayah” and “As If It’s Your Last”.
This new record for the band comes on the same day that Lisa released her first solo project, Lalisa. She is the third member of the group to release a solo project. Jennie released her album Solo in November 2018. The rosé dropped -R-, which featured the singles “On the Ground” and “Gone”, in March. Jisoo is the latest BLACKPINK member to make their solo debut.