Top girl groups to heat up August chart race

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BLACKPINK, which is now the most-followed musical act on YouTube, will return with a new single titled “Pink Venom” next Friday at 1 p.m., making it the band’s first group project with all four members in one year and 10 months.

The song will be included in “Born Pink,” the band’s second LP set to come out on Sept. 16.

After the new release, BLACKPINK will begin a massive world tour in October. The “Born Pink” world tour will kick off in Seoul from Oct. 15-16 and continue in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania until June next year.

BLACKPINK was recently busy shooting the music video for the prerelease song, for which “the highest production cost ever was spent,” according to its agency, YG Entertainment.

TWICE will return on Aug. 26 with its 11th EP “Between 1&2.” Not much is known about the forthcoming album. The last album participated by all of the group’s nine members was “Formula of Love: O+T=<3,” its third full-length album that debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 main albums chart following its release in November.

The new release comes after all bandmates recently renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment, breaking the so-called seven-year curse, a crisis experienced by many K-pop idol groups around the seventh year of their debut.

The “seven-year curse” is a term used by K-pop fans to refer to many idol groups’ tendency to disband or start to leave their companies and groups after seven years in the industry, which is the standard length of exclusive contracts between K-pop idols and their agencies. This “curse” has hit numerous groups, such as 2NE1, Miss A, GFriend, Lovelyz and April.

Ive, one of the hottest rookie girl groups, is also scheduled to enter the summer chart race with its third single “After Like” on Aug. 22.

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