The music video of “Gangnam Style,” the viral 2012 song by K-Pop star Psy, was the first in internet history to log over 1 billion views in December 2012. And it has since held the record for being the most viewed video on YouTube.
This month, the music video of the song “See You Again,” by pop star Charlie Puth and rapper Wiz Khalifa, snatched the title, after notching 2.902 billion views—12 million more than that of “Gangnam Style.”
“For the record, I joined YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. I just heard about ‘See You Again’ … Wow,” Puth said of the feat, in a recent post on Twitter. Wiz, on the other hand, simply said: “That’s amazing!”
The pop-rap ballad, “See You Again,” which spent 12 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was penned by Charlie and Wiz for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film “Furious 7,” and as a tribute to one of the franchise’s stars, actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013.
Green Day: We’re not heartless
Green Day was recently criticized for being “insensitive,” after the punk-rock band pushed on with its headlining set at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain, despite the fact that an acrobat had just died earlier in a tragic accident at the venue.
In an official statement posted on the band’s website, Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong clarified that he and his fellow musicians were not informed about the said incident, or that there was going to be an acrobat performing before them in the first place.
“All of us were in disbelief. I don’t know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert. If we had known prior to our performance, we most likely would not have played at all,” Billy Joe wrote. “We’re not heartless people.”
The acrobat, identified as Pedro Aunión Monroy, was attempting a stunt over 100 meters above the ground, before falling to his death.
“What happened to Pedro was unthinkable. We’re heartbroken for his friends and family … and for anyone who had to witness this tragedy,” Billy added.—ALLAN POLICARPIO
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