Mzansi stars, Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s hit song “Jerusalema” is unstoppable and continues to break and set new records worldwide. In another huge milestone, Jerusalema was certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
RIAA is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. According to RIAA, a Gold Certification means that Jerusalema has sold over 500,000 units in the US.
Chart Data shared the news of Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode’s Gold certification status for “Jerusalema” in the United States on social media.
— chart data (@chartdata) May 27, 2022
Master KG himself also shared the good news saying that “Jerusalema” was the first song from South Africa to achieve Gold Certification in the United States.
An elated Master KG wrote,
We made it, guys!!! First One Ever From South Africa.
We made it guys!!! First One Ever From 🇿🇦 🇿🇦 🏆 🏆 🏆 https://t.co/Ir2aCsoySp
— MASTER KG (@MasterKGsa) May 27, 2022
Following its release in December 2019, “Jerusalema” went hyper viral across the globe, dominated the charts and won Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode a slew of awards.
The video for Jeruselama is approaching half a billion views on Youtube and currently stands at over 497 million views.
In July 2021, the remix version of ‘Jerusalema’ featuring Nigerian artist Burna Boy was certified Diamond in France.
According to Music Business Worldwide, the requirement for a song to be certified diamond in France is 35m streams. France’s record industry organisation, Snep, updated the certification levels in 2016.
Initially, a track was awarded a diamond certification for sales exceeding 250,000 units, but this was changed due to the increasing digitisation of music.
The highest certification for an album in SA is multi-platinum, and that requires 90,000+ units. For a single, it is 60,000+ units.
In 2020, ‘Jerusalema’ also officially became the most Shazamed song in the world after becoming the global number 1 song on the app.
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