YG Entertainment just announced the tracklist for BLACKPINK‘s first Japanese album, and fans aren’t happy about it.
Blackpink in Your Area is scheduled to drop on December 5. It will consist of nine tracks: one Japanese version of each of BLACKPINK’s nine existing songs. There will be no new songs on the album.
NEW ALBUM「BLACKPINK IN YOUR AREA」12/5(水)発売決定🎉デビューから最新楽曲まで、日本語バージョン全9曲を収録したヒット曲満載の"初"フルアルバム❣️リリース記念グッズ「ガチャベルト」付き商品も数量限定発売決定😍🎶商品詳細・各種特典内容はコチラ▶️https://t.co/9enZXTNtQC pic.twitter.com/KtgJ5QzjEL
— YGEX Staff (@YGEXStaff) October 19, 2018
This news hasn’t been well-received since this will be the 12th time YG Entertainment has rehashed the same BLACKPINK hits in a different format.
BLINKs had been hoping for an album of entirely new songs…
12 versions of BlackPink’s full Japanese album and the album is just all of their Korean songs in Japanese…… after already selling a mini album and repackage that had no new songs……. what is YG doing
— 🍍ʀ🧡s🗡 (@stevelvets) October 19, 2018
…or, at minimum, a couple new B-side tracks.
Fans believe YG Entertainment is being disrespectful to BLACKPINK, Japanese BLINKs, and the fandom as a whole by continuing the repackage the same content. Some even see it as a cash grab.
/ Blackpink’s “new album” is another re-release of all the songs they have out already but in japanese…I am fucking TIRED, they deserve an actual full album of NEW fucking songs.
— Lisa. (@ElysianMaknae) October 19, 2018
blackpink's first full album is a japanese album all tracks are japanese versions of the korean songs the bare minimum yg jumped out pic.twitter.com/DBmUO1nVQa
— ً (@jennietheworld) October 19, 2018
Dear #YGX.. Why the ef are you being lazy? Announcing "NEW" blackpink Album including 9 songs in japanese version to be released this dec. 5 in Japan. like WTH? why can't you just make a new song instead of repackaging a repackaged album from square one to square up?!
— P1nkB3rry (@p1nk_b3rry) October 19, 2018
Even though this album will not have new songs, fans are hoping that BLACKPINK’s next release will. In the meantime, they are looking forward to seeing what BLACKPINK’s solo debuts have in store for them.