On June 20, the RIAA added “Boy with Luv” to its registry, ascertaining that the hit had achieved over 1 million units, listing its gold and platinum status simultaneously.
One equivalent song unit, as recognized by the RIAA, is equal to one digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams. The RIAA revamped its Gold & Platinum Awards Program on Feb. 1, 2016, growing from a pure sales certification process to one that includes tracks and streams.
BTS are the sole musical act from South Korea to ever have more than a singular song get recognized platinum by the RIAA. Aside from BTS, the only other South Korean artist to ever have a single song certified platinum is Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” was five times multi-platinum.
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