South Korean boy group BTS’ success in the United States continues as the remix of its hit Mic Drop has been certified “gold” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after three months of its release.
Featuring American rapper Desiigner and electro house musician Steve Aoki, the hip-hop track peaked at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in November and has remained there for nine weeks.
According to a news report by Billboard, to clinch the certification, a song “must move more than 500,000 equivalent units between digital downloads and audio and video streaming, with 150 streams counting towards the equivalent of one formal unit”.
This success marks BTS as the first K-pop group to have a song that is certified “gold” by RIAA.
Previously, South Korean singer PSY went multi-platinum with his massive hit Gangnam Style in 2012 and 2013, for its digital and physical versions, respectively.
Mic Drop was released in September as part of BTS’ fifth EP Love Yourself: Her, which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart, the highest spot reached by a K-Pop act.