Kpop bands EXO-CBX, iKON and TWICE have been awarded coveted platinum certificates.
Each band sold more than 250,000 albums in the first six weeks of the album release.
Under a new accreditation system launched by the Korean Content Industry Association, the Gaon Chart released Platinum and Diamond certificates.
Gaon Chart revealed that EXO-CBXs Blooming Days, and TWICEs What is Love? were officially given the Platinum seal after they both surpassed 250,000 copies each.
Additionally, iKONs Love Scenario was the first song to reach a Platinum certification in the streaming category, with more than 100 million streams.
The new system covers album sales, downloads and streaming. Surpassing one million album sales would give an album a Million certification.
Bands whose song is downloaded over 2.5 million times will receive a Platinum certificate, and 10 million downloads gets them a Diamond.
For streaming, 100 million times gets a band Platinum, and 1 billion gets them a Billion certification.
The secretary general for the Korea Music Content Industry Association said: We decided to implement a certification based on Gaon Charts data as such a system is necessary for a country with active music consumption.
EXO-CBX is the first official sub-unit of Kpop band EXO formed by SM Entertainment. The group is made up of three former EXO members – Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin.
Their song Blooming Days came in at number one on its first week of release and broke a record on the Hanteo chart for the highest first-week sales from a sub-unit with over 250,000 copies.
Band member Baekhyun set Twitter hearts a-fluttering with his debut tweet that had him in a bathrobe.
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