Lisa, better known as one of the four members of the South Korean girl group Blackpink, rules over the weekly ranking of the most-viewed music videos in the world, as her first solo outing “Lalisa” opens in first place. Looking at the numbers of the most popular clips on the hosting platform, it is clear her single wasn’t just successful from the moment it arrived—it blew every other title away.
Lisa’s “Lalisa” debuts at No. 1 on YouTube’s ranking of the most-viewed music videos in the past tracking week with 157 million views. That’s not just a hefty sum, it’s enough to make it far and away the most successful upload on the site by an enormous margin. To put that figure into perspective, the runner-up on the latest edition of the tally, Raataan Lambiyan Jubin Nautiyal & Asees Kaur’s “Raataan Lambiyan,” falls from first to second with just over 30 million plays. That’s still a solid number, but it’s easy to see that for now, the world can’t get enough of Lisa.
The superstar singer and rapper officially embarked on a solo career for the first time just a few days ago with the release of “Lalisa,” which immediately performed so well on YouTube, it made history. The single’s accompanying official music video was viewed an astounding 73.6 million times in just the first full day it was available to view. That’s a lofty enough total for the clip to earn the sixth-largest 24-hour debut ever.
All those YouTube views only tell part of the success story surrounding “Lalisa,” which has started appearing on charts all over the world. In South Korea, where Lisa made her name and first became a star (even though she’s originally from Thailand), the tune instantly became a top 40 hit, while the single album it’s featured on was unbeatable. In the U.K., the track opened at No. 68, making Lisa one of only a very small number of K-pop soloists to place on the tally. YouTube clicks factor into some charts in America, so it looks like “Lalisa” may be headed for a very notable start on the Hot 100 in just a few days.
“Lalisa” was released as a standalone single, but also on what’s called a single album, at least in South Korea. The tune was packaged with a B-side titled “Money,” as well as instrument versions of both cuts (on some versions of the set). The single album itself launched at No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart, the main list of the bestselling releases in the Asian nation, making Lisa an instant success in the territory.
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