History-making K-pop girl group BLACKPINK dropped an alternate Japanese version their hit single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” on Monday (July 23), just over a month since the June release the single.
Originally dropped with Korean and English lyrics on June 15 as the lead single from their Square Up album -- which made history as the highest-ranked album from a female K-pop act when it went to No. 40 on the Billboard 200 chart -- the new version “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” mixes Japanese and English.
Upon its release last month, the Korean version “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” also made history by hitting No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest-ranking for a K-pop girl group and the first first time one has appeared on the chart since 2009.
Keeping the swaggering vibe the original trap-dance track, the new English raps include Lisa making several references to pop culture, including SpongeBob SquarePants (“Bitch, I'm a star, but no Patrick”) and Ice-T (“Like Ice-T, I'm OG”). Jennie in turn raps about the group appearing on the cover GQ Japan; they were the first-ever female group to have a solo cover shoot (“All my GQ's spread like hummus”).
The Japanese version arrived on Stateside digital music platforms on Monday, but the ficial Japanese release date is currently registered as Aug. 22. It came out just a few days after the music video for the original Korean “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” version hit more than 200 million views on YouTube -- the fastest-ever a K-pop group has achieved the feat.
Take a listen to the new version “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” here: