As recent releases by the likes of Super Junior, Stray Kids and ATEEZ earn their first platinum certifications and BTS’s Map of the Soul: Persona becomes the second title in South Korean history to hit four million certified sales, a handful of some of the most popular singles in the nation earn special honors as they have racked up impressive play counts on streaming platforms.
Four singles have been certified platinum in South Korea this month, meaning they have now been played at least 100 million times in that country alone. Once a month, the Korea Music Contents Association authenticates sales and streaming sums and reports when certain titles have reached specified thresholds. These milestones are revealed by the Gaon Charts, which also release weekly rankings of the best-performing songs and albums in the country.
This time around, hits from MC the Max, Hwa Sa, OVAN and TWICE all reach platinum status, with half of those names earning their first such win in the country.
Both rapper and musician OVAN and Hwasa, better known as one of four members of the K-pop girl group Mamamoo, collect their first platinum streaming certifications in South Korea (at least on their own). The former’s breakout smash “I Need You” earns him his initial plaque in this field, while Hwasa’s solo single “Maria,” taken from her EP of the same name, is also now a platinum streamer.
Hwasa was awarded this prestigious distinction alongside fellow musician Loco for their single “Don’t Give It To Me,” which went platinum in early 2019. This latest score marks her first solo placement in this club. She has also collected a pair of platinum streaming certifications as a member of Mamamoo.
Pop rock band MC the Max scores their third platinum streaming certification in South Korea, as their single “Bloom” joins previous wins “After You’ve Gone” and “One Day Only” in this feat.
South Korean girl group TWICE nab a fourth platinum streaming certification, meaning they have now seen a quartet of singles rack up at least 100 million plays on the most popular streaming platforms. “Fancy” is the latest to join this club, and it is preceded by “Dance The Night Away,” “What Is Love?” and “Yes or Yes,” which all went platinum in 2019.