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Kids Today: BlackPink’s “Kill My Love” Is Topping Charts Worldwide and Crushing YouTube with 86 Million Views (In Less Than 2 Days)

Like you I have never heard of this Korean Girl Group, this “BlackPink” in all long and winding years of my dotage. But these numbers got my attention. It speaks to the deeply interwoven global reach of YouTube’s “cultural” offerings.

Now this song, the risibly named “Kill My Love”, will be pretty much forgotten forever by most within two years, but that really doesn’t matter. 99 and 44 100ths of all pop cult items are in the dustbin of history within two years. ( Remember Korean Rapper ( PSY’s – GANGNAM STYLE(강남스타일)   ?  Of course you don’t but it’s clocked more than three and a third billion views since July 2012.)

What is interesting is the velocity with which these offerings can take off simultanelously across the globe if the right number of GloboDiverso boxes are checked by the producers of pop cult. This ones got it all and is a candidate for my expanding my category of “The Japanese: Nuked Too Much or Not Enough” to include the Korean peninsula.

BLACKPINK – ‘Kill This Love’ M/V 86,358,338 views [Which probably earns BlackPink around $300,000 from YouTube.So far.]
Premiered Apr 4, 2019
877,288 Comments (And YouTube autodeleted about 100,000 comments suspected of being bots.)

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  • Bill in Tennessee April 6, 2019, 11:45 AM

    Wait… that’s “MUSIC”??!! I could get the same effect, maybe even better, by tossing a box full of cutlery and crystal glasses down my basement stairs, toss in a couple of flash-bang grenades, and then go down there and shoot the surviving pieces. But I’m not prone to do that as (1) it’s a waste of good ammo and (2) my killjoy wife might object.

  • Anonymous April 6, 2019, 12:28 PM

    This video should definitely help address the demographic crisis currently plaguing the Far East, which feminist experts worldwide agree is being caused by too much female submission to the patriarchy.

  • Callmelennie April 6, 2019, 12:33 PM

    Not to mention, Anonymous, the epidemic of female false consciousness sometimes referred to as “romantic feelings”

    And not a moment too soon, as there have been disturbing reports in Tokyo of several Japanese males around the age of 40, attempting to dragoon females into something called a “date”

  • ghostsniper April 6, 2019, 2:19 PM

    Doubtful my IP address will be added to that collection.
    where da cattle carz is?

  • Ten April 6, 2019, 3:16 PM


    One day that miserable thing will waft past the antennas of some distant species on another world and after rechecking their archives for various pinnacles of past human endeavor – the megalith, the philosophers, the cathedral, the Christian canon, the Renaissance – they’ll rightly conclude we all ultimately died of self-administered cocktails of one part abject narcissism, one of rage, and one of complete boredom.

  • Schill McGuffin April 6, 2019, 6:06 PM

    The music’s rather “hip-hoppy”, in the modern style, and the visuals are technically state-of-the-art, but fundamentally I don’t see that much difference between this and the slicker videos you’d see on MTV back in the ’80s — The rapid cuts, wind machines, hair spray, slutty couture… it’s all still there.

  • Jim Jones April 7, 2019, 4:22 AM

    KPOP is very popular in China which probably accounts for most of the views

  • Jack April 7, 2019, 8:46 AM

    Nothing gets past the asians, I’ll tell ya. They hi-jack every American idea from lock washers to nuke toting missiles to vaccines and baby pacifiers and toss it all back into the mainstream without shame, acting as if it were there own. But what else are they gonna do to show the world they exist?

  • JiminAlaska April 7, 2019, 9:09 AM

    Why back in the day our music was really….


  • james wilson April 7, 2019, 10:01 AM

    Weimar Republic done gone global.

  • Randy April 7, 2019, 5:20 PM

    Catchy tune. I’ll have to try and adapt an arrangement for my senior barbershop quartet so we can stay edgy. Why just this year we are doing some Beatles songs for the kids.

  • tonynoboloney April 7, 2019, 8:52 PM

    Note how much of that tune is sung in English, they know their market well.

  • Dan Patterson April 8, 2019, 4:45 AM

    I’ll pay ’em to stfu.

  • WDS April 8, 2019, 5:58 AM

    Wow, I actually made to the 26th second mark….

  • Skorpion April 8, 2019, 3:50 PM

    To quote a bumper sticker:
    “You’re Not Getting Older — Music Today REALLY DOES Suck!”

  • jwm April 8, 2019, 5:20 PM

    It’s like having cheap candy for dinner.


  • Suburbanbanshee April 8, 2019, 5:36 PM

    Kpop and Jpop are popular because they try hard to entertain.

    It’s a song about unhealthy infatuation and poisonous love affairs, not about real love. Sadly, a lot of kids today are familiar with such things.

  • PatriotUSA April 8, 2019, 10:06 PM

    Absolutely horrid. Give me some Dead, Allman Bros, John Lee Hooker, Doors, Hendrix .
    Ghost sniper, I knowz where dem Cattle Cars be at.

  • MarkInKansas April 9, 2019, 3:42 AM

    Their sound seems to be influenced both by Stefani Germanotta and Psy. I remember Gangnam Style and that one still has some staying power. The girl band’s tune was catchy, but I’ve already forgotten the name of the song.

  • Scott halloween April 9, 2019, 6:04 AM

    All my troubles seemed so far away, now it seems they’re here to stay,
    Oh I believe in yesterday.

    There, I washed that poison outta your mind.

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