BTS’s “Lights” Is 1st Original Japanese Song By Korean Artist To Go Silver; BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love” Earns Them 1st RIAJ Certification
Earlier this year, the Recording Industry Association of Japan (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 latest batch of certifications, both BTS’s Japanese song “Lights” and BLACKPINK’s hit “Kill This Love” (both of which were released in 2019) received official silver certifications after surpassing 30 million streams each.
BTS’s “Lights” is the group’s fourth song to receive a silver certification for streaming, following “DNA,” “Boy With Luv,” and “Fake Love.” In addition to BTS currently being the only Korean male artist ever to receive a RIAJ streaming certification, “Lights” is now the first original Japanese song by a Korean artist to achieve the feat.
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love” marks the group’s very first RIAJ certification.
Congratulations to both BTS and BLACKPINK!