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Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski Dance to Blackpink In New K-Pop-Themed Google Home Ad

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir pose following the Figure Skating Men Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 17, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“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.

Though they’re not one of the many acts scheduled to make any appearances at the Olympics, Blackpink’s labelmate CL is set to perform at the closing ceremony. Boy band EXO will also perform.