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.
TWICE’s 2019 hit “Feel Special” received a double platinum certification after surpassing 200 million streams, making it their first song ever to achieve the feat. (While TWICE has previously earned double platinum certifications from the RIAJ for physical albums, this new achievement marks the first time one of their songs has been certified double platinum for streaming.)
Meanwhile, both BTS’s 2018 Japanese song “Don’t Leave Me” and BLACKPINK’s 2022 single “Pink Venom” were certified gold after surpassing 50 million streams each.
Congratulations to TWICE, BTS, and BLACKPINK!