It was revealed on February 4th that BTS’ track “Mic Drop” from their latest album “Love Yourself: Her” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). A few days later, “DNA” became the group’s second gold-certified track. However, official confirmation was only made public today (February 12th).
According to the RIAA Certification Criteria
, 500,000 units are required for gold certification. One digital download counts as one unit, and 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams count as one unit.
‘Mic Drop’ is a track from BTS’ album ‘Love Yourself: Her’ which was originally released on September 18th 2017, while the remix by American DJ, Steve Aoki, was published later on November 24th. The song’s music video reached 150M views on Big Hit Entertainment’s (the boy band’s label) official channel on YouTube whilst the track has surpassed 68M streams on Spotify so far.
‘Mic Drop’ appeared on various music charts all over the world and peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has remained on that chart for nine weeks and currently places 98th
As for “DNA”, it became the most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours by a K-pop group. By 6 p.m. on September 19 KST, 24 hours after its release, BTS’ “DNA” recorded 20,975,068 views.
“DNA” was also seen on multiple music charts, peaking 67th on Billboard on October 14th and remaining on the chart for 4 weeks.
Another point to mention, ‘DNA’ was the song BTS performed during the American Music Awards in 2017, making the group the first ever K-Pop group to appear on a major American award show.
Previously, PSY was the first Korean artist to be accreditated by RIAA with his hit from 2012 “Gangnam Style”. However, BTS are the first Korean group to achieve this feat.
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