BTS’ ‘Mic Drop’ remix with Steve Aoki and Designer is certified gold by the RIAA
Seven-member South Korean boyband BTS have just made history becoming the first Korean group to get accredited by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The groups first US hit ‘Mic Drop‘ which featured Designer and remixed by Steve Aoki was certified gold by the RIAA as the American rapper broke the news over Twitter Saturday night [Feb 3].
BTS’ track was released back in September before Steve Aoki got hands-on, producing a remix of the electric track in November. ‘Mic Drop‘ caught huge attention peaking at number 28 on the Hot 100 chart in the US and still remains on the chart nine weeks on. The album hit number seven on the Billboard 200, the highest position ever by a K-pop group.
Collectively the success has come from the group’s dynamic music style and a strong fanbase better known as ARMY. ‘Mic Drop’ is only the second Korean song to earn RIAA accreditation following the explosive ‘Gangnam Style‘ by PSY which went Platinum in 2012 and 2013. To have a track certified by the RIAA it must move more than 500,000 equivalent units between digital downloads, audio, and video, with 150 streams counting toward the equivalent of one formal unit.
A huge achievement none the less for BTS who will undoubtedly be in for a whirlwind of a year ahead. We are still waiting on BTS or Aoki to publicly comment on the success so make sure you check them out on their socials.
Watch ‘Mic Drop’ remix below.