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RIAA Unveils Class of 2023: K-pop Dominance, Hip-Hop Gold, and SZA's Victory Take Center Stage!

RIAA Class of 2023 stands as proof of the diverse and impactful nature of the global music scene. K-pop artists like BTS Jungkook, Jimin, Stray Kids and TOMORROW X TOGETHER etch their names into the annals of music history.

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RIAA Unveils Class of 2023: K-pop Dominance, Hip-Hop Gold, and SZA's Victory Take Center Stage!

RIAA Unveils Class of 2023: K-pop Dominance, Hip-Hop Gold, and SZA's Victory Take Center Stage!

The music industry is alive with anticipation as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reveals its highly awaited Class of 2023. This annual accolade pays homage to artists who have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape, acknowledging their accomplishments in album sales, chart-topping singles, and groundbreaking contributions.

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Stray Kids and TOMORROW X TOGETHER

K-pop fans have a reason to rejoice as this year's class spotlights Stray Kids and TOMORROW X TOGETHER, both securing their first Gold certifications. Their outstanding success with albums like "5-Star" and "The Name Chapter: Temptation" earns them well-deserved recognition.

BTS Members Shine Solo

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BTS members Jungkook and Jimin make a solo splash, receiving platinum certifications for their singles "Seven (feat. Latto)" and "Like Crazy." These achievements, surpassing the impressive 1 million unit mark, place them in the elite platinum club alongside hits from PinkPantheress, Ice Spice, Raye, 070 Shake, GloRilla, and Hitkidd.

Diverse Triumphs in Hip-Hop and Country:

In the hip-hop realm, Ice Spice claims Gold status with "In Ha Mood" and the infectious "Munch (Feelin’ U)." Country music finds representation with Luke Combs, his rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” earning the highest certification for a country single.

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SZA Emerges as Front-Runner:

SZA dominates the Class of 2023 with a staggering 15 certifications. Her album "SOS" claims the title of the top album of 2023, achieving an impressive 3x platinum status. The single “Kill Bill” attained a remarkable 5x platinum, solidifying SZA's status as a musical powerhouse.

Latin Music in the Spotlight:

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Latin music takes a prominent place with Peso Pluma’s Genesis earning the highest album certifications for a debut artist. Karol G’s “Maaana Sera Bonito” reaches 5x platinum, and Carin Leon & Grupo Frontera’s “Que Vuelvas” secures the spot of top Latin single.

RIAA Leadership Expresses Excitement:

Michele Ballantyne, RIAA COO, expresses her excitement, stating, “This is truly one of our favorite times of the year – the chance to commemorate extraordinary firsts!” RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazie highlights the power of music to connect and move culture, stating, “These albums and singles earned coveted RIAA Gold & Platinum certifications because they reflect the very best!”

As the RIAA Class of 2023 celebrates these remarkable achievements, it's evident that music continues to be a dynamic force, shaping culture, and creating lasting connections between artists and their fans. The RIAA eagerly anticipates the next big milestones for these exceptional talents and looks forward to a future filled with more groundbreaking musical moments.



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