The extreme methods K-pop fans are using to ‘rig’ the charts for BLACKPINK – including watching their music videos ten times an HOUR to influence streaming numbers
K-pop fans are going to outrageous lengths to ensure that South Korean girl group BLACKPINK dominate the charts.
The group have been making chart history in recent weeks, including in Australia, and much of their success is thanks to their rabidly loyal fanbase.
Their fans, known as Blinks, have organised targeted campaigns to influence YouTube algorithms to increase BLACKPINK’s streaming numbers, reports Vulture.
K-pop fans are going to outrageous lengths to ensure that South Korean girl group BLACKPINK (pictured at the MTV VMAs in New Jersey on August 28) dominate the charts
A select number of superfans have been leading and organising more than half a million Blinks across 60 countries to ‘reverse engineer that algorithm with the goal of keeping Blackpink at the top of YouTube’s charts’.
Some of these tactics include ‘training new fans on proper streaming techniques, tracking BLACKPINK’s placement on global charts, and hitting “play” on the music video for Pink Venom ten times an hour’.
The Blinks have also been fundraising to pay for YouTube Premium subscriptions for other fans, so they can stream the group’s latest music videos on repeat without being interrupted by ads.
‘I play the song while working. I pride myself on being a multitasker,’ one fan boasted to Vulture.
Fans have employed a number of tactics, including watching the group’s Pink Venom music video (pictured) ten times an hour to increase streaming numbers
BLACKPINK recently made history on Australia’s ARIA Singles Chart after their song Pink Venom debuted at No. 1, making it the highest-debuting single by a K-pop group in ARIA Chart history.
The track beat out big names like John Farnham, Nicki Minaj, Harry Styles and Kate Bush.
The Pink Venom music video raked in more than 90 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours of release last month, setting a new record.
BLACKPINK’s Lisa is pictured at the MTV VMAs in Newark, New Jersey, last month
ARIA incorporated streaming and YouTube views into its chart methodology this year.
‘We know millions of Australians watch music videos each month on YouTube, so it is thrilling to know this data will now be included in the ARIA Charts,’ YouTube Music ANZ said in a statement in March.
BLACKPINK are one of the most popular K-pop groups Down Under due to their connection to Australia and New Zealand.
Member Roseanne ‘Rosé’ Park was born in Auckland and raised in Melbourne, while Jennie Kim spent five years studying in New Zealand.
Their debut album, titled The Album, reached No. 2 on the ARIA Album Chart in 2020.
BLACKPINK made history on Australia’s ARIA Singles Chart after their song Pink Venom debuted at No. 1, making it the highest-debuting single by a K-pop group in ARIA Chart history