Since officially launching several years ago, Stray Kids have enjoyed following an upward trajectory, and now they’ve landed a very special win that shows in no uncertain terms that they are definitely growing by leaps and bounds.
Every month, Gaon, an organization based in South Korea tasked with putting together weekly, monthly and annual charts and doling out other honors, reveals which songs and albums have earned special and coveted certifications after they’ve achieved a certain number of units. In the roundup of albums that have collected important certifications in the month of July 2021, just three projects won special awards, and Stray Kids was included in that bunch.
The South Korean all-male vocal band’s In Life has been officially certified double platinum by Gaon. The title is a reissued deluxe edition of their debut full-length Go Live that was shared with the world back in September of 2020, and now it’s become their most-certified release yet.
In Life is the third title from Stray Kids to collect any type of certification from Gaon, and it surely won’t be their last. They earned their first award from the body last year, when Go Live itself went platinum. Earlier this year, Clé: Levanter was also certified platinum.
In South Korea, albums and EPs can be certified platinum by Gaon after selling 250,000 units. Double platinum comes in at 500,000, and from there the only honors handed out are in increments of million, which are self-explanatory.
Stray Kids collected their fourth No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart with In Life, which quickly rose right to the summit, following in the footsteps of the aforementioned Go Live, as well as the band’s previous EPs Clé 1: Miroh and Clé: Levanter. The band has now appeared inside the top 10 on the weekly sales ranking with nine different releases.
In Life is one of three releases to collect a certification from Gaon this month. Joining Stray Kids in this showing are NCT Dream with their debut album Hot Sauce (certified two million) while ATEEZ’s Zero: Fever Part.2 also went double platinum.