Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again, a heart-wrenching ballad, has now been streamed 2,897,632,968 times; beating Psy’s current count of 2,895,111,556 views.
Adding it up, that means See You Again has been streamed for a total of 21,759 years. If one person was to listen to each of those streams consecutively, they’d have to have started during the glacial peak of the last Ice Age.
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Charlie Puth wrote on Twitter: “I joined YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views.
“Just heard about See You Again… Wow.”
See You Again was written for Furious 7, playing over the closing credits in tribute to Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the movie was completed.
It was the best-selling song worldwide in 2015, and received best song nominations at both the Grammys and the Oscars.
The music video features the final scene of Furious 7, in which the two main characters Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Cody Walker, filling in for his brother, Paul), drive side-by-side, sharing a smile for the last time before they pull onto separate roads and drive into the sunset.
As the camera pans up into the sky, a title card reads “For Paul” and the video ends.
The video reached 1 billion views in six months, and hit 2 billion in September 2016. However, its reign as YouTube’s most-watched clip may be short-lived.
Luis Fonsi’s summer smash Despacito has racked up 2.5 billion views in just six months, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Meanwhile, 47 of the top 50 clips on YouTube are music videos, proving the importance of the streaming site to the music industry – despite the fact the two sides are locked in a battle over royalty payments.
According to analysis by Midia Research, every stream on YouTube generates $0.001 for the music industry.
That means Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again has earned $2.9 million from YouTube – roughly the same amount it has made from 665 million plays on Spotify.
Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow, has launched a foundation in the Fast and Furious actor’s memory to mark his birthday on September 12.
Meadow Walker, 16, tweeted that she wanted to start the Paul Walker Foundation to “share a piece of my father with the world”.
The foundation’s mission statement is “Do Good”, reflecting his passions for the ocean, for helping people and animals and “spontaneous goodwill”.
Paul Walker died in a car crash in 2013.
He was killed by impact and a fire in the crash in California.
Paul Walker, who was 40 when he died, was a passenger in the Porsche that a friend was driving when it hit a pole and burst into flames.
The foundation is aimed at “empowering future generations by providing grants, scholarship opportunities and spontaneous acts of goodwill”.
Meadow Walker wrote on Instagram: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father.”
Paul Walker was also known for making documentaries about sharks with the National Geographic Channel, having studied marine biology before becoming an actor.
The actor’s death prompted a huge outpouring of tributes from fans and people who had worked with him, including his Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel, who went on to name his daughter Pauline in honor of his friend.
The posthumous release of Paul Walker’s Furious 7 took $384 million at the global box office in its opening weekend.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has topped the North American box office with $191.3 million, the second-biggest opening weekend ever in the US.
The sequel failed to beat the record-breaking opening of the original Avengers movie, which took $207.4 million when it debuted in 2012.
The weekend’s second biggest film, Age of Adaline, took just $6.3 million.
The Marvel Disney film has taken $631.1 million worldwide so far.
Analysts suggested sports events may have affected Age of Ultron‘s US performance, with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s boxing fight, the Kentucky Derby and NBA playoffs all scheduled over the weekend.
Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the return of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans as Iron Man, Black Widow, The Hulk and Captain America.
This time the superhero team – which also includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye – are battling to save the earth from villainous robot Ultron, voiced by James Spader.
Furious 7 took $6.1 million in third place with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 in fourth and animated film Home rounding out the weekend’s top five.
Furious 7 has topped the North American box office for a fourth week in a row, taking $18.3 million over the weekend.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is leading the international box office, a week ahead of its US release.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 came at No 2 on the US box office with $15.5 million.
Last weekend, Furious 7 became the fastest film to make more than $1 billion internationally.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in 44 territories, taking $201.2 million.
The latest installment in Joss Whedon’s superhero franchise, starring Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, opens in the US and Canada on April 30, as well as dozens more countries and territories.
Furious 7, starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, has now made $1.3 billion globally.
It is also the first movie to top the US box office for four weeks since The Hunger Games in March 2012.
Despite mixed reviews, fantasy romance The Age of Adaline opened in third place with $13.4 million.
It stars Blake Lively as a woman who is forced to stay 29 years old, along with Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn.
Animated alien hit Home was fourth with $8.4 million while social media thriller Unfriended was fifth with $6.2 million.
Furious 8 will be released on April 14, 2017, Vin Diesel confirmed at Universal’s CinemaCon panel on April 23.
Vin Diesel told the crowd of theater owners: “It means a lot to me to get your blessing.”
The actor took the audience back to two years ago when on the same stage at Caesars Palace, he and Paul Walker said they planned to move forward on a seventh film in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Paul Walker died in a 2013 car crash.
At various points after Paul Walker’s shocking death, it seemed as though Universal might have to cancel the production.
Furious 7 shooting was not yet complete when the crash happened, but special effects technicians and stunt doubles were able to complete the project, resulting in what domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou termed, “a cathartic experience for fans of Walker”.
Furious 7 has topped the global box office by taking $384 million in its opening weekend.
Almost half of that figure – $190 million – was made at the US box office.
Globally, it is the fourth-highest opening of all time, beaten only by two Harry Potter movies and The Avengers.
Interest in Furious 7 was at least partially tied to its late star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in before the movie was completed in 2013.
Following the fatal accident, production on Furious 7 was suspended while the filmmakers decided whether or not to proceed.
The team ultimately decided to delay the release from its scheduled July 2014 date. Paul Walker’s scenes were completed using a mixture of computer animation and body doubles – including two of the star’s younger brothers, Caleb and Cody.
“This is a bittersweet installment in the franchise,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
“Walker’s passing made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn’t seen some of the installments. It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him.”
The original – The Fast and the Furious, released in June 2001 – was a sleeper hit that spawned a few moderately successful sequels.
After the third movie in the series, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, left cinemas with a franchise-worst box office of $158 million, it seemed the series would be scrapped, or move to the straight-to-DVD market.
Instead, executives persuaded Vin Diesel, the star of the original film, to return and made Fast & Furious – a heist film set overseas.
Since then, the franchise has gone from strength to strength, with each movie outperforming the last.
North American box office Top 5:
Furious 7 – $143.6 million
Home – $27.4 million
Get Hard – $12.9 million
Cinderella – $10.3 million
The Divergent Series: Insurgent – $10 million [youtube Skpu5HaVkOc 650]