According to the RIAA, any song is eligible for gold certification after it surpasses 500,000 units in sales. In addition to the sales unit, the RIAA also counts 150 on-demand audio/video streams as a single unit by the RIAA standards.
Knowing the requirements to go gold, many artist's can't even fathom the idea of going gold by RIAA standards.
Desiigner was the first to announce on February 3rd that “Mic Drop” had officially reached gold status and the BTS Army responded accordingly.
BTS and Steve Aoki Go Gold
— Desiigner (@LifeOfDesiigner) February 3, 2018
.@BTS_twt sets another record in K-pop history, becoming the first Korean group to have a song certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America @RIAA. Congrats! https://t.co/ktYRnN6bAg pic.twitter.com/5NTAgoC8qX
— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) February 5, 2018
— 🌙Hope-uary (@peri_jhs) February 5, 2018
🎤Wow. I've covered music for a long time. Never did I think I'd see the day when a Korean group went GOLD. Congrats to @BTS_twt on this momentous achievement! Mark my words. It won't be their last. Grammys: Are you ready for them? #MicDropWentGold #AsianRepresentation @steveaoki pic.twitter.com/5OsVpaazGW
— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) February 4, 2018