BTS just made history in Japan!
Earlier this year, Japan’s Recording Industry Association (RIAJ) implemented a new certification system for streaming songs online to complement its existing certification systems for sending physical albums and selling digital downloads. Under the new system, songs will be certified with silver as soon as they reach 30 million streams, gold with 50 million streams and platinum with 100 million streams.
In its most recent series of certifications (November 2020), the RIAJ officially awarded BTS hit “Dynamite” a platinum certification in the streaming category after the song exceeded 100 million streams in just three months. While BTS previously received platinum certifications for physical albums from the RIAJ, this latest addition marks the first time any of their songs have been certified platinum for streaming.
In addition, “Dynamite” is now the first song by a foreign group in RIAJ history to ever receive platinum certification for streaming – and after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (which was most recently platinum) the second overall song of one foreign artist month).
BTS also received two gold certifications for “DNA” and “Stay Gold”, each of which exceeded 50 million streams, and a silver certification for “Your Eyes Tell,” a Japanese song that Jungkook co-composed.
Meanwhile, TWICE In addition, several new certifications were awarded in the streaming category, expanding the record for the foreign artist with the most songs to have received official streaming certifications from the RIAJ.
The hits of the group “What is love?” and “YES or YES” were both officially certified gold, while their Japanese song “Candy Pop” received silver after over 30 million streams.
Congratulations to BTS and TWICE on their impressive achievements!
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