On May 25, according to YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK's 'Kill This Love' music video surpassed 1.8 billion views on YouTube around 2:28 AM. The video achieved this number in about 4 years and 1 month after its release, thanks to the continuous love from music fans worldwide.
Over the past month, K-pop girl groups have been sweeping the music charts and album sales. Successive comebacks from IVE (April 10), Le Sserafim (May 1), aespa (May 8), and (G)I-DLE (May 15) have resulted in dominating the top spots of music charts. Additionally, their record-breaking first-week album sales, reaching over a million each, is evidence of the current "Girl Group Era."
Expectations briefly surged for the lifting of the Hallyu ban (restrictions on Korean cultural products) in China, but the anti-Korean sentiment within the country remains strong. The frosty Sino-Korean relations have once again placed Korean entertainers in the crosshairs of anti-Korean sentiment.
Signs of the revival of China's 'Korean Wave restrictions', or 'Hallyu ban', seem to be emerging. Jung Yong-hwa, a singer and actor, was suddenly dropped from a Chinese variety show he was scheduled to appear on, and a BLACKPINK concert was added to a blacklist. The freeze in Sino-Korean relations appears to be heavily impacting K-pop artists.
Chinese celebrity Angela Yeung, commonly known as Angelababy, has recently faced backlash from a section of Chinese netizens after attending the concert of Korean pop group, BLACKPINK, thus sparking further anti-Korean sentiment.