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.
Psy decided switching genres would be his best bet for another hit with his latest single so he teamed with Snoop Dogg on the hip-hop track Hangover.
The Hangover video, which debuted Sunday on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Psy’s YouTube channel, serves as a lesson in Asian hangover remedies.
“This video is not about dance moves, but it’s about like culture exchanging,” Psy said.
The South Korean pop star said Snoop Dogg signed on immediately after only hearing the song’s title.
Psy teamed with Snoop Dogg on the hip-hop track Hangover
Psy signed with Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, after Gangnam Style’s initial success. He said he appreciates Scooter Braun’s guidance and impressive drinking abilities.
“He is the most strongest tolerance with alcohol among Americans,” Psy said.
“Asians drink really hard and really mixing everything and really drinking hard every day. So literally I was kind of like unbeatable person with the alcohol before I meet Scooter.”
Psy will return to his EDM roots on a new EP, due later this year. But this time he plans to include more English lyrics.
“People always comparing my new thing with <<Gangnam Style>>, which is unbeatable,” Psy said in a recent interview at YouTube Space LA.
“That means I have a severe, heavy pressure on my shoulder. … In that way I don’t like the song.”
Gangnam Style recently surpassed 2 billion views, a record for YouTube. The South Korean pop star also holds the record for most views in a day with 38 million for his Gangnam Style follow up Gentleman.
Denis Carré, a Psy lookalike, duped hundreds of people with various appearances during the recent Cannes Film Festival and now he has struck again, attending the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend while the real singer performed in Italy on the same day.
Among those duped by Denis Carré’s appearance at the racing event were Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff, who both posted pictures of themselves with the lookalike on their Twitter pages.
However, Amanda Holden appeared unsure if she was actually posing with Psy in the shot, captioning the picture: “Not sure if this guy is kosher?! Rumors circulating he was a fake? What do YOU think?!”
David Hasselhoff seemed a bit more certain that he wasn’t with the real Gangnam Style musician, tweeting with a picture of himself and girlfriend Hayley Roberts with “Psy”: “Was that really PSY ? I think not!!”
Amanda Holden posed with Psy lookalike Denis Carré at the Monaco Grand Prix
Other stars to have been duped by Denis Carré included Skyfall actress Naomie Harris, who unwittingly posted a picture of herself on Twitter with who she thought was Psy.
Speaking recently about how he managed to convince so many people that he was the singer, Denis Carré credited the scam to an intricate web of tricks.
He told Channel 5 News: “The game was pretty well played – we prepared a lot with my manager and communication team on how we were going to do that.
“We had the bodyguards, we had the cars, we had event managers ready for it… just to have the illusion.”
The trick was revealed when the real Psy appeared on US talk show Live with Michael and Kelly, which is filmed in New York City, while his imposter was in Cannes.
Denis Carré is said to have scammed free drinks and bottle service while lunching at the Torch Beach Club, a hotspot which has been frequented by Justin Timberlake and Mark Ronson during their time in Cannes, and was even surrounded by three security guards, according to the New York Post.
Later, Denis Carré partied at an A-list bash hosted by socialite Goga Ashkenazi at Château Garibondy, where the guest list included Rosario Dawson and supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
A Psy impersonator duped organizers and celebrities at Cannes Film Festival.
The Psy imposter managed to sneak into several A-list parties and other exclusive venues over the course of two days earlier this week until finally being discovered yesterday when the real Psy appeared on US talk show Live with Michael and Kelly, which is filmed in New York City.
The impersonator reportedly scammed free drinks and bottle service while lunching at the Torch Beach Club, a hotspot which has been frequented by Justin Timberlake and Mark Ronson during their time in Cannes, and was even surrounded by three security guards, according to the New York Post newspaper.
Among the celebrities duped by Psy impostor was Skyfall actress Naomie Harris
Later, the man partied at an A-list bash hosted by socialite Goga Ashkenazi at Château Garibondy, where the guest list included Trance actress Rosario Dawson and supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
While the fake Psy was enjoying the luxury on offer in Cannes, the real Gangnam Style hitmaker attended the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday and later jetted to New York City to film a TV appearance.
Acknowledging his trouble-making doppelganger, Psy wrote on Twitter: “Seems like there’s another ME at Cannes…say Hi to him.”
Among the celebrities duped by the impostor were Skyfall actress Naomie Harris, who thought she had met Psy at a party thrown by Chopard on Tuesday, and tweeted a snap of them together.
Psy’s new single Gentleman has been viewed by more than 100 million people on YouTube in just four days.
Gentleman music video clip was published on YouTube on April 13 and has since broken the record for first day song views.
The follow-up track of Gangnam Style had around 20 million hits in the first 24 hours.
The previous record for first day views of 8 million was set by Justin Bieber’s Beauty and a Beat, which was viewed 10.6 million times in 24 hours.
Gentleman video features South Korean rapper Psy wearing his signature glasses and playing practical jokes on women such as pulling their chairs away as they are about to sit down and increasing the speed on a treadmill while it’s being used.
Psy’s new single Gentleman has been viewed by more than 100 million people on YouTube in just four days
The video also shows a new hip swivelling dance move. His previous horse riding move was copied by people all over the world including The Wanted, Britney Spears and President Barack Obama.
Psy has insisted that he’s not trying for another worldwide hit with Gentleman.
The singer said: “I’ve been doing this for 12 years. Would it be fair to call me a one-hit wonder just because my next song falls flat?”
Psy’s debut single Gangnam Style became the most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 1.5 billion views since it was published in July 2012.
PSY performed his new single Gentleman and its accompanying dance at a concert in Seoul on Saturday as he spoke about how he hopes North Koreans will enjoy his music even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula.
PSY released Gentleman in 119 countries on Friday, hoping to replicate the success of Gangnam Style, the smash YouTube hit that made him an international star almost overnight last year.
The choreography for Gentleman – including the arrogant dance, as PSY called it – was unveiled at a Seoul concert in front of more than 50,000 fans. The music video has now been uploaded onto YouTube.
Wearing a black and white houndstooth blazer PSY took to the stage amid a frenzy of screams.
PSY’s concert, which was titled Happening, was sold out and the cool performer certainly put on a show for his loyal fans.
PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, said on Saturday that he regretted the current tensions between South Korea and North Korea.
PSY performed his new single Gentleman and its accompanying dance at a concert in Seoul
The situation has been grabbing global headlines, with North Korea becoming increasingly belligerent with war rumblings, leaving its neighbors wary of a possible missile test by Pyongyang.
“It’s a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now,” PSY said at a news conference ahead of the concert.
North Korea and South Korea, which are divided by heavily fortified borders, are technically still at war, with the 1950-53 Korean War ending with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.
PSY said he hoped North Koreans would enjoy his new music. He said his job was to make all people, including North Koreans, laugh.
“Hopefully my Gangnam Style, my Gentleman, my music videos and my choreography… they might enjoy them too,” he said.
When the Gangnam Style video went viral last year, it spun legions of parodies.
Even North Korea’s government created a parody video of the hit, showing that the secretive country is well-versed in South Korean popular culture.
North Korea used its Gangnam Style parody to criticize Park Geun-hye, then the presidential candidate for South Korea’s ruling party. Park Geun-hye was inaugurated as South Korea’s new president in February.
PSY’s Gangnam Style video, featuring his much-mimicked horse-riding dance, made him one of the best-known Koreans in the world.
Gangnam Style is the most watched video of all time on YouTube, gathering more than 1.5 billion views since its release in July.
PSY acknowledged that the massive success of Gangnam Style added to the pressure as he worked on his latest single, but he said he tried to remain true to himself and his Korean roots.
“I tried to find Korean words that people from any country can easily sing along,” he said of Gentleman, which contains lyrics both in English and Korean.
PSY co-composed the music and wrote the lyrics, which poke fun at a self-claimed gentleman who enjoys his time at a dance club.
Audiences have questioned whether PSY will be a one-hit wonder known only for Gangnam Style.
The South Korean musician, whose humble personality has endeared him to his fans at home since he made his debut more than a decade ago, shrugs off the skepticism.
“Whether or not a couple of my songs become a global hit, I’ve been doing this job for 12 years,” PSY said.
“I will bring more Korean dance moves and Korean songs overseas.”
Psy is introducing his new single, Gentleman, after he sparked an international dance craze with the release of his hit Gangnam Style last year.
Gentleman, with a techno beat, was full of puns in Korean and contained the lines “I am a party mafia!” and the refrain, “I am a mother father gentleman”.
The 35-year-old South Korean rapper hinted in an interview last week that Gentleman also features a dance routine – hinting that it is based on traditional Korean moves.
Speaking on South Korean television last week, Psy said: “All Koreans know this dance but other countries haven’t seen it.”
Psy will perform Gentleman in public for the first time on Saturday at a concert at Seoul’s World Cup stadium.
Psy hinted in an interview last week that Gentleman also features a dance routine based on traditional Korean moves
The rapper has asked fans to wear white to Saturday’s event and his stylist told Reuters last month that the concept for the new song would again be a formal suit with “an unexpected twist of fun”.
In Gangnam Style, written as a commentary on materialism in the wealthy Seoul suburb of Gangnam, Psy was decked out in sunglasses, a white dress shirt, bow tie and tuxedo jackets.
Gangnam Style racked up 3.59 million digital sales last year in the US and Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, putting it ninth in the best-selling list.
The video for Gangnam Style also became the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits.
Gangnam Style catapulted Psy to global fame after a rocky career in the music business over the past decade.
Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the US and made his debut in 2001 with the album PSY from the Psycho World.
The rapper ran into trouble with the authorities for “inappropriate” content in the lead song on that album, which was seen as sexually suggestive. He was also charged with possession of marijuana in 2002. Since then he has released five more albums.
Psy’s brash style – at a concert last year he parodied Lady Gaga, complete with fake breasts that he set on fire – stands in stark contrast to the squeaky clean singers that dominate K-pop which is finding an increasingly large international audience.
Gangnam Style song is believed to have helped South Korea record its best ever year for tourism and now is turn America into snacking more healthily as PSY appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Wonderful Pistachios.
PSY took part in a funny parody of Gangnam Style for Wonderful Pistachios which stars including reality TV’s Khloe Kardashian and her basketball player husband Lamar Odom have helped to promote.
Opting for a green version of his smart suit look, PSY, 35, gets his groove on with some oversize nuts as opposed to “sexy ladies” as dancers.
The video begins with him cracking out of a pistachio shell to the words “crackin” Gangnam Style’ before he finds himself in a dance battle with a life-size version of the snack.
PSY then whips off his bright blazer and grinds on the floor beneath the brand’s mascots while the background music lyrics are changed to “hey, crack your nuts now”.
Gangnam Style Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl commercial
The 30-second commercial then continued to show brief moments of the dance craze that swept the globe last year as it rains pistachio skins.
It finally ends with the narrator stating: “PSY does it, then we all go nuts,” with the term “healthy snacking” on the screen.
Despite previously claiming he would retire the annoying track, PSY wasn’t shy about self-promotion.
He tweeted after the advert aired during the huge American football game: “Go nuts for my new #sb47 ad!!! Watch it now & show your love with a 10 at @usatoday. #crackinstyle.”
It marks PSY’s first ever appearance in an American TV advert and Wonderful Pistachio’s debut in the prestigious event’s expensive advertising slot.
A video of a 7-month-old doing Psy’s Gangnam Style hit the internet a week ago and is already getting thousands of views an hour.
The video of the dancing baby was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, January 18, and had racked up 775,000 hits on Wednesday night.
The 46-second clip shows the child laughing and dancing along to the super-hit using the famous Gangnam moves.
Youtube users are loving the short film, hailing it the “best YouTube clip ever”.
One user commented: “That awkward moment when a 7-month-old can dance better than you,” and another added: “How could anyone dislike this?”
A video of a 7-month-old doing Psy’s Gangnam Style hit the internet a week ago and is already getting thousands of views an hour
Gangnam Style by South Korean rapper Psy became the first video to get over one billion views on YouTube making it not only the most viewed, but also the most liked in the history of the site.
The song has made the 34-year-old artist, real name Park Jae-sang famous all over the globe and saw tourism in the Asian nation increase by 13% in 2012 with visitors to Seoul going on special “Gangnam tours”.
The song mocks the upmarket area of Seoul called Gangnam where the city’s glitterati gather in cocktail bars and young shoppers go to spend their money in vintage clothes shops and designer outlets.
Psy’s Gangnam Style has become the first video to clock up more than one billion views on YouTube.
The South Korean dance track was posted online in July, propelling pop star Psy to worldwide fame.
It has inspired hundreds of parody clips, from members of the British army, Thai navy and Minecraft gamers, among others.
YouTube’s owner, Google, said the video had been watched seven million to 10 million times a day on average.
It overtook the previous record holder – Justin Bieber’s music video Baby – on November 24.
“Psy’s success is a great testament to the universal appeal of catchy music – and er, great equine dance moves,” wrote Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, on the service’s blog.
One industry watcher said the fact so many people continued to post their own versions of Gangnam Style had played a huge part in the clip’s success.
Psy’s Gangnam Style has become the first video to clock up more than one billion views on YouTube
“I’ve seen a statistic which reckons the one song will have generated something like $8 million by the end of the year from money that comes directly from YouTube through advertising plus download sales, its uses in adverts and TV programmes,” said Chris Cooke, business editor of the CMU music news site.
“It shows that YouTube – which is a free-to-use as a promotional platform for the music labels – can lead to substantial income.
“Should every artist be trying to think of a funny video that will go viral and be mimicked? I don’t know whether it’s a template that can be copied, but it certainly shows how quickly an eye-catching clip can spread thanks to social networks and YouTube.”
Sir Martin Sorrell – chief executive of advertising giant WPP – paid tribute to the achievement by making a link between Psy and one of the west’s most influential economists.
“Another great example of Theodore Levitt’s <<globalization>> and the power of K-pop,” he said.
D C Han, a South Korean hair stylist who worked in Gangnam before starting a business in London, added that he was proud to see the song become such a massive hit.
“I was amazed” he said.
“K-Pop is getting stronger and stronger, everywhere in Asia they are listening to it – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Maybe even in Japan but they might not admit it.”
South Korean rapper Psy, whose song Gangnam Style became an internet sensation, has apologized for taking part in anti-US protests several years ago.
Psy issued a statement after US media reported he had performed in concerts protesting against the American presence in South Korea and Iraq.
The singer said he would “forever be sorry” for any pain he had caused.
Psy is due to perform at the annual Christmas in Washington TV special.
President Barack Obama and his family are expected to attend the concert.
Psy’s hit song Gangnam Style is the most-watched video ever on YouTube, with more than 900 million views since it was uploaded in July.
Psy, whose song Gangnam Style became an internet sensation, has apologized for taking part in anti-US protests several years ago
However, at a concert in 2002 protesting against the US military presence in South Korea, Psy smashed a model of a US tank on stage.
At another concert in 2004, Psy performed a song that described killing “Yankees” who had tortured Iraqi prisoners and killing their families “slowly and painfully”.
The lyrics were from the song Dear American by South Korean metal band Next.
“While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted,” Psy wrote in the statement.
“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.”
Psy, who attended college in the US, said he understood “the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world”.
He added: “I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months… and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology.”
The singer’s participation in the protests was no secret in South Korea but unknown in the US until recently, AP news agency reported.
The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama and his family will attend the charity concert on December 21st at which Psy will perform.
Gangnam Style, the dance track by South Korean pop phenomenon Psy, has become YouTube’s most-watched video of all time.
Gangnam Style has notched up more than 808 million views since it was posted in July.
The video pokes fun at the consumerism of Gangnam, an affluent suburb of the South Korean capital Seoul.
In the video, the portly Psy, 34, dances as though he is trotting on a horse, holding the reins and spinning a lasso in a manner that has sparked a global dance craze.
The video also features Psy reclining on a sun lounger in tight pink shorts, gazing longingly at a girl dancing on an underground train in tight shorts and gesticulating at a woman working out on a beach – in tight shorts.
Gangnam Style dance has sparked numerous copycat versions, being performed by a diverse fan-base including Filipino prison inmates, prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a Chinese robot.
Gangnam Style, the dance track by South Korean pop phenomenon Psy, has become YouTube’s most-watched video of all time
Popular parodies include one performed by Eton College schoolboys and another in the Star Trek language Klingon.
Gangnam Style, which won best video at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, has also been number one in 28 countries.
It holds the Guinness World Record for the most “liked” song ever – currently with a little under 5.4 million likes on YouTube.
Previously, Justin Bieber’s 2010 teenybopper hit Baby held the record for the most YouTube views.
Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was the first person in the US to tweet a link to the Gangnam Style video.