Every Friday in the U.K., a new set of singles and albums receive silver, gold and platinum certifications, becoming proper smashes that have racked up enough streams and sales to collect the coveted plaques. Last frame, one of the biggest girl groups in the world snagged another prize in the nation, and by seeing one of their biggest hits finally land an honor, they have made history among their countrymen.
Last week, Blackpink’s song “Kill This Love” was officially named a silver single in the U.K., giving the group their second-ever honor in the territory. It is still very rare for musical acts from South Korea to score a hit tune or album that becomes large enough in the country to collect one of those prizes, and with two to their credit, Blackpink now stands out as one of the most successful names from their part of the world.
Blackpink is just the third musical act from South Korean to score more than one certification of any kind in the U.K., and they join two of the most beloved figures from the Asian country to make a major chart impact in the island market.
The four-member girl group first collected a certification in the U.K. back in 2019 when “Kiss and Make Up,” their collaboration with pop singer Dua Lipa, was named a silver success. So far, neither their album nor any of their EPs have performed quite well enough to take home an honor.
BTS lead the way when looking at which South Korean musical stars have earned the most certifications in the U.K. So far, a pair of singles from the band—“Mic Drop” and “Boy With Luv” with Halsey—are steady at silver, while their latest major smash “Dynamite” has advanced to gold status. The septet also claims half a dozen silver-certified albums and EPs—Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Her, Map of the Soul: 7, Face Yourself, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever and You Never Walk Alone—while both Love Yourself: Answer and Map of the Soul: Persona are sitting pretty at gold.
Fellow South Korean superstar Psy has also collected more than one certification in the U.K., as his two top 10 hits “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman” have both been awarded honors. The former cut, which once rose to No. 1 (it stands at the only chart-topper by a South Korean artist in U.K. history) is up to double-platinum status, while the latter cut was certified silver more than half a decade ago.
BlackpinkIn the U.K., singles are certified silver after they’ve shifted 200,000 equivalent units, then they move to gold at 400,000 and platinum at 600,000. Albums are set at lower thresholds, with silver coming into play at just 60,000 equivalent units (between sales and streams), gold stands at 100,000 and platinum is achieved after 300,000 equivalent units have been moved.
While Psy may not earn another certification soon, both Blackpink and BTS are in the primes of their careers, and there are surely more wins coming their way, perhaps any week.