‘Ddu-Du Ddu-Du’ is certified Gold
Citing an article by Billboard, YG said that the popular band qualified for the honors when “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” sold half a million certified units on Aug. 15. RIAA’s certification requirements state that one song unit is equal to one download sale or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams. The music video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” currently has over 925 million views on YouTube.
“Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” has broken multiple records since its release as the title track off of Blackpink’s first EP “SQUARE UP” in June 2018. The song is the highest-performing song by a K-pop girl group ever on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart - it peaked at No. 55. The music video became the fastest by any K-pop act to hit 800 million views.
On Aug. 23, BTS got its second Gold-certified album when “Map of the Soul: Persona” reached 500,000 album sales.
Last November, the mega-hit boy group became the first K-pop act ever to have an album be certified Gold by RIAA with “Love Yourself: Answer.”
Besides the albums, BTS songs “Boy With Luv,” “Idol,” “Fake Love,” “DNA” and “Mic Drop” have all been certified Gold or Platinum.
By Kim Eun-jin