BLACKPINK’s new single will feature Selena Gomez

The secret is out – Selena Gomez has officially confirmed that she’s the mystery artist who will be working with BLACKPINK on their next single. This comes after weeks of anticipation since BLACKPINK teased a secret collaboration. 

BLACKPINK teased new secret collab

On 23 July, the quartet received attention when they unveiled a poster with the caption “BLACKPINK New Single Release: Featuring (?)” plastered across it.

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - poster before reveal
Image credit: BLACKPINK

Fan theories & YG’s response

Fans quickly flocked to Twitter to discuss the possibilities. Many named Ariana Grande as a possible candidate. The singer was recently featured on Lady Gaga’s album, Chromatica, which BLACKPINK also participated in. 

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - fans speculating about Ariana and BLACKPINK
Image adapted from: @MikeAdamOnAir

Furthermore, it’s public knowledge that BLACKPINK and Ariana Grande are on friendly terms and have even been spotted hanging out together. However, Korean media outlets later reported that Selena Gomez was the group’s surprise guest instead. 

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - fans speculating about Ariana and BLACKPINK's history
BLACKPINK and Ariana had hung out previously
Image adapted from: @_honeyariana

In response to the rumours, an official representative from YG Entertainment told fans to wait for the official announcement.

Official announcement from YG Entertainment

The official announcement was made on 12th August, with both BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez posting on their respective social media accounts. 

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - Selena's and BLACKPINK's official announcements
Official announcements from both parties
Images adapted from: @selenagomez and @blackpinkofficial

The hashtag “#SelPink” immediately began trending on Instagram and Twitter, as BLINKS all around the world erupted in celebration.

Ice cream concept for the new single

Fans also started speculating about what the song’s concept might be. Some noticed that the members of BLACKPINK had all coincidentally posted about ice cream recently. On top of that, even Gomez herself shared a photo of her fridge filled with ice cream.

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - Fans speculating about Selena Gomez's ice cream posts
Image adapted from: @pinkslator

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - Fans speculating about BLACKPINK's ice cream posts
Image adapted from: @firejennie

Yesterday’s post by Jennie may have given these fan theories even more credibility. Her Instagram post announcing their collaboration was captioned “🍦You’re gna melt🍦”. 

Selena Gomez and BLACKPINK - Jennie's post
Image adapted from: @jennierubyjane

Countdown to 28th August 

For now, fans will have to wait patiently until YG Entertainment releases official teaser videos. The good thing is that the song is set to drop on 28th August at 1PM KST, which is only 2 weeks away.

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Cover image adapted from: Selena Gomez and @blackpinkofficial 

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