Blackpink's 'Ice Cream' MV featuring Selena Gomez crosses 500M views on YouTube, fans dub it 'iconic collab'
'It’s been a learning process because the language was new. But, somehow our distinct styles, along with their energy... we just fit together perfectly,' Selena Gomez said
Award-winning K-pop girl group Blackpink has done it again, scoring another impressive milestone on YouTube. This time, they've broken records for a collaborative track. Blackpink has surpassed 500 million views for their 2020 hit 'Ice Cream', featuring Selena Gomez. The South Korean girl group took to their social media to announce the new milestone with a screenshot and poster image. For stans that are ready to spread the news, their Instagram and Twitter announcement includes the hashtags "#BLACKPINK #블랙핑크 #SelenaGomez #셀레나고메즈 #IceCream #MV #500MILLION #YOUTUBE #YG" in the caption.
#BLACKPINK 'Ice Cream (with @SelenaGomez)' M/V HITS 500 MILLION VIEWS @Youtube— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) February 15, 2021
BLINKs worldwide, thank you so much!
'Ice Cream' M/V
🎬 https://t.co/XtR1bZqWgq#블랙핑크 #SelenaGomez #셀레나고메즈 #IceCream #MV #500MILLION #YOUTUBE #YG pic.twitter.com/UXPjxeg0cI
'Ice Cream' dropped on August 28, 2020, along with the accompanying music video, which means that it took approximately five months and 18 days to reach half a billion views. This is their eighth official music video as an entire group and first collaboration to achieve this milestone. Currently, the 'DDU-DU DDU-DU' visual has the highest reached the highest milestone by Blackpink with 1.4 billion views. 'Kill This Love' and 'Boombayah' fall closely behind with 1.2 and 1.1 billion views respectively. Other videos to surpass the 500-million-view mark are 'As If It's Your Last' (960 million views), 'How You Like That' (770M), 'Whistle' (620M), and 'Playing With Fire' (618M). 'Ice Cream' marks Selena Gomez's sixth music video to surpass 500M views on YouTube, with the inclusion of her collabs.
Apart from official music videos, Blackpink has also earned 500M views for a dance performance video in October, the first achievement of its kind in the world. Additionally, the group still holds the record as the fastest K-pop group to get 500million views with the 'How You Like That' video. According to Soompi, this broke their similar previous record which was achieved by Blackpink's 'Kill This Love'.
Here's what fans have to say
Instagram was buzzing with K-pop fans praising Blackpink and Selena Gomez for their "iconic collaboration". A die-hard fan of the girl group wrote, "i love u guys to the mountains n back and to the far far hills n around europe n australia back to the states n china n all the way back to korea n i love u to the clouds n through the universe across mars all the way to the sun and back i love u guys so much". Some fans were not surprised by the news and are now hoping the band surpasses 1 billion views on multiple YouTube videos. "i’m not even surprise" a fan commented, while another wrote: "That piñata didn’t stand a chance"
Selena Gomez on 'Ice Cream'
Critics and fans have often praised 'Ice Cream' for its collaborative effort between a K-pop group and an American pop star. Blackpink and Selena Gomez merge their styles and vocals beautifully together and Gomez has expressed a similar notion. Last month, Gomez spoke with ETimes about her time working with Blackpink and the song. "The Blackpink girls were so welcoming, we had an absolute blast while working on the song," she said. “It’s also been a learning process because the language was new. But, somehow our distinct styles, along with their energy... we just fit together perfectly,” Gomez explained.
She also opened up about widening her fanbase and reach with the Korean Music Industry because of “how warm and welcoming the audience has been.”