K-pop girl group Blackpink and “Player Unknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) Mobile” have released their anticipated single “Ready For Love” today.
The collaboration was part of Blackpink and PUBG’s first-ever virtual concert project earlier this month. The quartet’s AI avatars performed the song exclusively during the virtual concert on July 23 and 24.
Blackpink previously released multiple teasers for “Ready for Love.” The first one was featured during a recording session scene in their 2020 Netflix documentary “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky.” A demo snippet of the song was leaked online a year later.
“Ready for Love” is Blackpink’s first new music release following the release of their debut full-length album, “The Album,” in 2020.
Earlier this week, YG Entertainment announced that Blackpink have started filming their most expensive music video to date for their highly anticipated August comeback, which has been described as “a continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year” and eventually lead to “largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.”
One Republic’s Ryan Tedder also teased his possible involvement in the upcoming album earlier this month during his appearance on “Good Morning America.” Around that same time, HBO confirmed that Jennie would be appearing in their new drama “The Idol,” which has already sparked controversy. Blackpink members Lisa and Jisoo’s names were also involved in another controversy from earlier this month when Rolling Stone Korea said that Lisa has an “exotic appearance” and that Jisoo “does not possess the most outstanding talent in the group as a vocalist or dancer.” The girl group made history in May when they became the first all-Asian female group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.