"Ice Cream" is a song by South Korean girl group Blackpink and American singer Selena Gomez. It was released on August 28, 2020, through YG Entertainment and Interscope Records, as the second single from the group's first Korean-language studio album, The Album (2020). +more The song was written by Selena Gomez, Teddy, Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Bekuh Boom, 24, Steven Franks, while Brown, Teddy, 24 and Franks produced the song. "Ice Cream" is an electropop and bubblegum pop song with elements of trap. Lyrically, the song mainly consists of ice cream-related double entendres.

"Ice Cream" debuted and peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Blackpink's first single to peak inside the top-twenty of the chart and subsequently becoming the longest-charting song by an all-female Korean act on the Hot 100. Elsewhere, the song has peaked within the top ten on both Billboard Global 200 and +more_U. S. '>Global Excl. U. S. , as well as charts in South Korea, El Salvador, Hungary, Malaysia and Singapore. It also has figured within the record charts in other 22 countries. An official music video for the song was released on August 28, 2020. It was nominated for Best Collaboration at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Music Video of 2020 at the People's Choice Awards, and Best K-Pop at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Background and release

In an interview for Radio. +morecom, Gomez revealed that she was first introduced to Blackpink after meeting Jisoo and Rosé during New York Fashion Week in 2018, while Blackpink shared that they had been big fans of Gomez's growing up, having danced to her music as trainees.

On July 23, 2020, YG Entertainment released a teaser poster for a new collaboration single between Blackpink and an unnamed artist, set to be released in August. Fans on social media started the "#AriPink" hashtag in hopes that the collaboration would be with singer Ariana Grande. +more On July 28, the band announced their first Korean studio album, The Album, would be released on October 2, 2020. On August 11, 2020, the unnamed artist was revealed to be American singer Selena Gomez, with Grande later being confirmed as one of the songwriters. Ten days later, it was revealed that the title of the collaboration would be "Ice Cream". On August 24, a teaser video featuring Blackpink and Gomez on video call together while the song played in the background was released. Teaser photos of Blackpink and Gomez were released from August 24 to August 26. The teaser photo of Blackpink member Jisoo was released on August 24, photos of members Jennie and Rosé were released on August 25, and photos of Lisa as well as Gomez were released on August 26. On August 27, 2020, Blackpink released a music video teaser for "Ice Cream".

Upon the song's release, Gomez released an ice cream flavor inspired by the collaboration with Blackpink with Serendipity Ice Cream, in which she has an ownership stake, called "Cookies and Cream Remix".

Composition

"Ice Cream" is an electropop and bubblegum pop song with elements of trap-pop. The song is written in the key of E major with a tempo of 80 beats per minute, while Blackpink's and Gomez's vocals range from the low note of B3 to the high note of E5. +more The song's lyrics are sung mostly in English, with the exception of a Korean rap verse from Lisa. Lyrically, the song mainly consists of ice cream-related double entendres. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times described "Ice Cream" as "relentlessly bouncy and chipper" and described the singing as "a little playful, a little taunting, a little distant".

Music video

Development and release

On August 27, 2020, Blackpink released an 18-second long teaser clip of the music video for "Ice Cream"; the music video was released a day later on August 28. Both videos were released on the group's official YouTube channel. +more The music video for "Ice Cream" was directed by frequent director and collaborator Seo Hyun-seung. It garnered 79. 08 million views in its first 24 hours, marking the third biggest 24-hour debut for a music video on the platform, and a second personal best for the group behind their June 2020 single "How You Like That", which received 86. 3 million views in its first 24 hours. The video debuted at number one on the Global YouTube Music Videos Chart. Behind-the-scenes videos of filming were released separately by Blackpink and Gomez on August 29. Blackpink's scenes were filmed in South Korea, while the scenes featuring Gomez were filmed separately in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Synopsis

The music video shows Gomez and Blackpink in a number of colorful sets and outfits. It opens with Gomez in a candy-striped bikini with gold hoop earrings and a white sailor hat, driving a pastel-colored ice cream truck filled with Serendipity Ice Cream. +more The ice cream truck has the word "Selpink" written on it, a combination of "Selena" and "Blackpink". The members of Blackpink appear next on-screen, popping up smiling behind ice-cream shaped cardboard cutouts. During her first verse, Jennie appears in a blue Care Bears-printed dress, wearing matching blue eyeliner; later in the video, she is joined by a capybara. Blackpink are then shown riding bikes and dancing in a colorful, Candy Land-like cul-de-sac, while Gomez stands outside of the ice cream truck wearing a Puma romper with a green visor. Gomez appears in a polka-dot yellow top with blue culottes for her next verse, standing in front of a wall which reads "Ice Queen" in graffiti. Rosé then appears alongside a golden retriever. Next, Jisoo walks out of a cherry-patterned car parked in a cherry-patterned garage, holding a cherry and wearing cherry-themed accessories with a diadem. For the second chorus, Blackpink dance in a pastel pink tennis court, holding tennis rackets and wearing white tennis skirts and crop tops, while Selena is shown sitting in a Chevrolet, sporting a 1950s pin-up-inspired updo and wearing a yellow plaid off-the-shoulder romper. Blackpink appear in a bright pink ice cream parlor for the second post-chorus, holding ice cream and wearing black-and-white outfits. Blackpink are shown dancing and holding cat ice cream pillows during Lisa's rap verse. As the song closes, Blackpink drive around in metallic pink Mercedes-Benz Power Wheels cars and, in a separate scene, play on a blow-up slide, wearing crochet outfits.

Performance video

On September 2, an animated dance performance version of the music video was released via the group's YouTube channel. In it, Blackpink and Gomez appear as 3-D Zepeto avatars dressed in outfits similar to those worn in the original music video, and virtually team up to perform a dance routine to the song, that also included parts of the original choreography, while surrounded by "suspended ice cream cones" and other related imagery. +more The video gained over 100 million views.

Accolades

Year-end lists

BillboardThe 100 Best Songs of 202074
Rolling StoneThe 50 Best Songs of 202013
Rolling StoneThe Best Pop Collaborations of 2020N/A
Rolling StoneRob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 202019
Rolling StoneBest K-Pop video of 2020N/A
The Associated PressThe Top 10 Songs of the Year10
Elite DailyThe 10 Most Jaw-dropping Music Videos of 20209
PitchforkPitchfork Reader's 100 Best Songs of 202084
The GuardianAlbums and Tracks of 2020N/A
IdolatorThe 25 Most Underrated Pop Songs Of 202019
IdolatorThe 25 Best Music Videos of 20209
InsiderThe 34 Best Music Videos of 202016
StereogumThe Top 40 Pop Songs of 20209

YearOrganizationAwardResult
2020Clio AwardsMusic Marketing
2020Capricho AwardsCollaboration of the YearNominated
2020MTV Europe Music AwardsBest CollaborationNominated
2020People's Choice AwardsMusic Video of 2020Nominatedcenter"
20202021Gaon Chart Music AwardsSong of the Year - AugustNominated
Joox Indonesia Music Awards2021Global Song of the YearNominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards2021Favorite Music CollaborationNominated
MTV Video Music Awards2021Best K-Pop
Weibo Starlight Awards2021Favorite CollaborationWon
2021

ProgramDate
InkigayoSeptember 20, 2020
InkigayoSeptember 27, 2020
InkigayoOctober 4, 2020

Commercial performance

In the United States, the song debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing "How You Like That" and "Sour Candy", both of which peaked at number 33, to become Blackpink's highest-charting single in the country. The song also debuted at number two on Billboards Digital Songs chart and at number eight on Billboards Streaming Songs chart, having sold over 23,000 digital copies and having received over 18. +more3 million streams in its first week of tracking. It also appeared at number 32 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart after garnering substantial airplay on both contemporary and adult contemporary radio, gaining 5. 1 million radio airplay audience impressions during its first week of tracking and marking Blackpink's debut on the chart. The song became the longest-charting song by an all-female Korean act on the Hot 100, after spending eight consecutive weeks on the chart, surpassing their own previous record of four weeks set by "Kill This Love". The song became Gomez's 20th and Blackpink's third top 40 hit in the US. By the end of 2020, the song had reached 126,500,000 streams in the US.

In South Korea, "Ice Cream" debuted at number 51 on the Gaon Digital Chart issue dated August 23-29 with less than two days of tracking. On the next chart issue dated August 30-September 5, the song rose to its peak at number 8. +more In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 39, making Blackpink the first Korean act to achieve five top 40 singles in the country. The song charted in the UK for eight weeks and became the second-longest charting single by a Korean girl group behind Blackpink and Dua Lipa's "Kiss and Make Up". "Ice Cream" also debuted at number eight on the Billboard Global 200 and number six on the Global Excl. U. S. upon the launch of the charts on September 19. The song stayed in the top ten for a second week at number nine on the Global Excl. U. S. on the chart issue dated September 26. In total, "Ice Cream" charted on the Global 200 for 14 weeks and on the Global Excl. U. S. for 22 weeks.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Melon.

* Blackpink - vocals * Selena Gomez - vocals, composing * Teddy - composing, lyricist * Tommy Brown - composing, lyricist, arrangement * 24 - composing, arrangement * Steven Franks - composing, arrangement * Ariana Grande - composing * Victoria Monét - composing, lyricist * Bekuh Boom - composing, lyricist * Serban Ghenea - mixing, studio personnel

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2020-2021)Peak position
El Salvador (Monitor Latino)9
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)11
Japan Combined Singles (Oricon)30
Lithuania (AGATA)36
Malaysia (RIM)2
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)20
Paraguay (SGP)35
Romania (Airplay 100)71
Singapore (RIAS)2
South Korea (Gaon)8
South Korea (K-pop Hot 100)2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)90
US Rolling Stone Top 1009

Monthly charts

Chart (2020)Peak position
South Korea (Gaon)15

Year-end charts

Chart (2020)Position
South Korea (Gaon)139

Certifications and sales

Release history

VariousAugust 28, 2020
August 28, 2020AustraliaContemporary hit radioYG
Contemporary hit radioUnited StatesSeptember 1, 2020