BTS Becomes 1st Foreign Artist to Garner RIAJ Diamond Certification

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BTS just strengthened its position in Japan’s music industry.

BTS and other K-pop idols have been playing a huge role in reshaping countries’ music industries. Japan, on the other hand, experienced it firsthand when the Hallyu Wave reached their nation. The Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Shunichi Tokura said that K-pop overtook Japanese music starting in the 2000s.

Although BTS was not the first idol group to bring changes in Japan, the K-pop supergroup played a huge role in aiding the country to recover its music. As a result, they earned exclusive recognition no foreign artists in history have reached yet.

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BTS Secures RIAJ Diamond Certification

On Monday, the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) launched a new certification system on top of its pre-existing certification systems. The new system oversees physical album shipments and digital download sales.

RIAJ certifies songs as silver once they reach 30 million streams; gold at 50 million streams, and platinum at 100 million streams. Meanwhile, artists who reach 500 million streams get the diamond certification. As of press time, BTS managed to become the first and only foreign artist to score the latter.

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RIAJ unveiled its latest batch of certifications for January 2022, and BTS’ Dynamite scored the diamond certification after reaching 500 million views in less than two years.

The K-pop group’s recent feat also led them to become the second artist overall to achieve the milestone, following Yoasobi’s Yoru ni Kakeru which received the award last year.

BTS also received a platinum certification for their Life Goes On after the song reached 100 million streams in Japan.

BTS Dynamite Recently Got Another Honor

Aside from RIAJ diamond certification, BTS’s Dynamite officially became the fastest song to surpass 1.4 billion views one year, six months, and three days since its release. It beat BLACKPINK’s DDU-DU DDU-DU after the song got the number in two years, five months, and seven days.

BTS, as of press time, now has three songs with more than 1.4 billion views – Dynamite, DNA, and Boy With Luv.

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