Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK’S high profile collaboration ‘Sour Candy’ shattered streaming records on Spotify and YouTube during its debut last Thursday, 28 May.
‘Sour Candy’ debuted one day before Chromatica, Gaga’s first studio album since 2016’s Joanne, debuting at No. 6 on the global Spotify chart with over 3.67 million streams and No. 12 in the United States with over 757,000 streams. The first-day sum granted BLACKPINK the biggest debut for a song by a girl group in Spotify history, according to Chart Data. As of Thursday afternoon, the song had also reached No. 1 on iTunes in 52 countries, another record for a girl group.
‘Sour Candy’ also put up an exceptional performance on YouTube as well. It racked up roughly 21.8 million views in its first 24 hours, breaking the record for the biggest debut for an all-female collaboration on the video platform. (Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey formerly held the record with ‘Don’t Call Me Angel,’ off the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack.) That first-day haul is even more impressive when considering ‘Sour Candy’ didn’t arrive with a music video; all of those views came from an audio video.
The explosive debut for ‘Sour Candy’ can be at least partially attributed to BLACKPINK’S yearlong gap between releases, which is exceptionally long by K-pop standards. ‘Sour Candy’ marks the quartet’s first release since the ‘Kill This Love’ EP in April 2019, and it precedes its first full-length album, which is slated for September.
‘Sour Candy’ is the third pre-release single off Chromatica, following ‘Stupid Love’ and the Ariana Grande collaboration ‘Rain on Me,’ and it seems poised to continue Gaga’s hot streak. “Stupid Love” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, while ‘Rain on Me’ is challenging for a No. 1 debut on this week’s chart. The collaboration debuted at No. 1 on the global Spotify chart last Friday with 6.742 million streams, the biggest single-day total for an all-female collaboration on the streaming service.