Blackpink announces new album
YG Entertainment released a teaser image on its official website for the upcoming EP, setting its release date for April 5.
The image shows the band’s Thai member, Lisa, against a red backdrop imprinted with the album title and the release date in black text.
YG said the title of the album’s lead track is also “Kill This Love,” “a very intense song that surpasses ‘Ddu-du Ddu-du,’” YG said, referring to the lead track of Blackpink’s previous album, released last June.
“The choreography for the upcoming [song], put together by four world-class choreographers, is more dynamic than what [the band] has presented so far,” YG said. “It will live up to the expectations and standards of the group’s fans around the world.”
The album release will come about a week ahead of Blackpink’s appearance at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, slated to run from April 12-21 in California.
Starting on April 17, the band will embark on a North American tour, holding eight concerts in six cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Hamilton in Canada.
The band’s return comes as YG is embroiled in a widening scandal. Seungri, a former member of YG’s boy band Big Bang, is under police investigation over allegations that he procured sex services for prospective investors from abroad and jointly ran a night club where sexual abuse and drug use were rampant.
Amid the growing scandal, Seungri withdrew from the band and retired from show business earlier in the month.
In connection with the scandal, the National Tax Service launched a probe into the management agency, possibly heralding an investigation into the firm’s potential role in the scandal.