K-pop bands BTS & Twice make history in Japan with RIAJ certification

K-pop bands BTS & Twice make history in Japan with RIAJ certification
Renowned K-pop band, BTS, has reportedly made history in Japan by getting a platinum certificate from the RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan), making it the first Korean music group to make this achievement.

Earlier in 2020, the Recording Industry Association of Japan implemented a novel certification system designed to measure online music streaming. The new system is an addition to the association’s pre-existing certification systems that measures digital download sales and physical album shipments. As per the novel system, songs are given a silver certification once they hit 30 million online streams, gold when they hit 50 million online streams, and platinum when they hit 100 million online streams.

Under the most recent batch of certifications, which are dated for November of 2020, the RIAJ awarded “Dynamite”, BTS’s smash hit, a platinum certification within the streaming category after it surpassed more than 100 million streams within a period of three months.

While BTS has received RIAJ platinum certifications previously for their physical album sales, this latest achievement signifies the first instance where one of their songs achieved a platinum certification for music streaming.

Moreover, BTS’s “Dynamite” has also become the first ever song by a foreign group to obtain a platinum certification for music streaming in RIAJ history. The song is also the second overall work put out by a foreign artist to make this achievement after “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran made platinum last month.

However, BTS is not the only K-pop group to make their mark on the RIAJ boards. Renowned Korean girl-group, Twice, has also earned numerous new certifications within the online streaming category, expanding their existing record as a foreign artist that has the most songs with official RIAJ streaming certifications.

Twice’s greatest hits; “YES or YES” and “What is Love?” have both officially obtained the gold certification, while one of their Japanese song , named “Candy Pop” made silver after crossing 30 million online streams.