The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has now announced that BTS’s “MIC Drop” has gone platinum. According to the RIAA’s website, the track has reached 1 million “units,” with a certification date of November 9. One permanent digital download counts as one unit, and 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams count as one unit.
BTS previously became the first Korean group to receive gold certification when “MIC Drop” achieved the feat in February, and they’re now the first Korean group to receive a platinum certification. In 2013, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was the first single by a Korean artist to reach the RIAA’s platinum certification standards, and it went on to go five times multi-platinum. “MIC Drop” is now the second track ever by a Korean artist to score platinum certification from the RIAA.
In addition, BTS’s 2018 album “Love Yourself: Answer” and its title track “IDOL” have both been certified gold by the RIAA. A gold certification is earned by a release that reaches 500,000 units.
“Love Yourself: Answer” is the first album by a Korean artist to be certified gold, while “IDOL” is BTS’s fourth single to receive gold certification, following “MIC Drop,” “DNA,” and “Fake Love.”
Congratulations to BTS!
BTS has made YouTube history once again!
As of approximately 9:48 a.m. KST on November 21, BTS’s “DNA” is officially the first—and so far, only—Korean group music video to surpass 550 million views on YouTube.
Impressively, it took BTS just over one year and two months (427 days) to reach the milestone.
“DNA,” which was released in 2017 as the title track of BTS’s mini album “Love Yourself: Her,” was also the first Korean group music video to hit 350 million, 400 million, 450 million, and 500 million views on YouTube.
Additionally, “DNA” remains the only music video released by a Korean group to have surpassed 500 million views on YouTube.
Congratulations to BTS on another amazing achievement!
Watch the record-breaking music video for “DNA” again below:
sources: soompi 1|2, riaa, ibighit