The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced its latest batch of official certifications!
In 2020, the RIAJ implemented a new certification system for online streaming of songs, as an addition to its pre-existing certification systems for physical album shipments and digital download sales. According to the new system, songs are certified silver once they reach 30 million streams, gold at 50 million streams, and platinum at 100 million streams.
In the RIAJ’s newly announced batch of certifications (dated September 2022), BIGBANG, BTS, TWICE’s Nayeon, LE SSERAFIM, and KARA’s Kang Ji Young all received new official certifications for streaming.
BIGBANG earned their first two gold streaming certifications at once this month: both their 2012 hit “FANTASTIC BABY” and their 2015 bop “BANG BANG BANG” were certified gold after surpassing 50 million streams in Japan. While BIGBANG has previously received gold certifications from the RIAJ for physical albums, this is the first time that one of their songs has been certified gold for streaming.
Although TWICE as a group boasts a record number of RIAJ certifications, Nayeon earned her first-ever gold certification as a soloist for her solo debut track “POP!“, which surpassed 50 million streams in Japan.
LE SSERAFIM’s debut track “FEARLESS” and Kang Ji Young’s Japanese song “Sukina Hitoga Irukoto” also earned both artists their first-ever gold streaming certifications this month.
Finally, BTS and Coldplay’s hit collab single “My Universe” was officially certified gold as well.
Congratulations to all the artists who went gold in Japan!
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