Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Dance to Blackpink In New K-Pop-Themed Google Home Ad
“Hey Google, play my K-pop playlist,” Olympian and Olympic commentator Johnny Weir tells Google Home in a new tie-in ad to NBC’s broadcast of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, one of many Olympic moments turning all eyes to South Korea’s music industry.
The 30-second-long clip begins and ends with samples of Blackpink’s 2016 “Whistle,” with Weir and fellow Olympian and co-host Tara Lipinski dancing to the tune. The appearance marks one of multiple appearances of K-pop at the 2018 Games, and the first time it has been featured in an NBC ad.
“Whistle” is one of Blackpink’s two debut tracks, and it hit No. 2 on the World Digital Songs chart upon its release. The quartet, which features members from South Korea, Australia and Thailand, is extremely popular despite only having released five singles to their name; in their short lifespan, they’ve seen three songs top the World Digital Songs chart.
While still fairly new in the K-pop scene, Blackpink’s already gained much attention internationally; their hit “As If It’s Your Last” appeared during one scene in Warner Bros. Justice League last year.
When Johnny & Tara aren’t keeping us updated on the latest figure skating news, they’re dancing to K-Pop. Tune in to NBC for more figure skating coverage, presented by #GoogleHome. pic.twitter.com/uYg11Pv4Xc
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2018