“Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
As the title of this song implies (“Ice Cream”), its shtick is based on the singers making numerous metaphorical references to ice cream. So we can have Blackpink’s Jennie for instance stating that she “keeps it icy” (i.e. an allusion to jewelry), or her bandmate, Rosé, exclaiming that the addressee (i.e. her romantic interest) “look so sweet”. Indeed by and large, the lyrics read like an exchange between two lovers, as in the girls singing to their boyfriends. And at certain junctures, the wording can even be logically interpreted, especially from a Western perspective, as being sensual in nature.
However, the primarily writer of the song, Bekuh Boom, has pretty much stated forthrightly that such is not the case. And rather he was just having something like spontaneous fun with the lyrics. So basically, “Ice Cream” is dual-themed. On one hand it has a romantic, one can even say sensual connotation. And on the other, the artists are alluding to their wealth.
Facts about “Ice Cream”
The writing team behind Ice Cream consists of the aforementioned Bekuh Boom as well as Selena Gomez, TBHits, Teddy Park, Mr. Franks, an artist known as 24 and interestingly enough music superstar Ariana Grande alongside her homey, Victoria Monét.
TBHits, Teddy Park, Mr. Franks and 24 also produced the track.
YG Entertainment released this song on 28 August 2020. They had been teasing it as a Blackpink song with a surprise guest since 23 July. And they officially announced that Selena Gomez was said collaborator on 11 August. Moreover for the record, it is the first collaboration between Blackpink and Selena Gomez.
Ice Cream serves as the second single from the girl band’s forthcoming album entitled “Blackpink: The Album”.
An interesting fact surrounding this song is that leading up to its release Selena Gomez invested in Serendipity, an actual ice cream brand, to promote the track. Moreover she arranged for an original flavor, Cookies & Cream Remix, to be released concurrently with the tune. And in homage to her collaboration said flavor is in fact highlighted by pink ice cream.