Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again has toppled Psy’s Gangnam Style as the most watched video on YouTube.
The See You Again video was made as a tribute following the death of the popular car movie franchise’s star Paul Walker. The song also features crooner Charlie Puth. On Thursday afternoon, the video had more than 2,9 billion views.
It edged the viral 2012 hit by more than 2 million views, ending the K-pop sensation’s five-year tenure as the artist with the most viewed video on YouTube.
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Khalifa’s video was first uploaded in April 2015 just before the release of Furious 7. The video initially broke the record on the Google-owned service on Monday. Meanwhile, the auto-tune-heavy Gangnam Style has scored about 2,894 billion views since being uploaded in July 2012.
Trailing behind the two videos is Justin Bieber’s Sorry, with more than 250 million views. The video was also first uploaded on YouTube in 2015.
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Khalifa, known for the hits Black and Yellow, Work Hard, Play Hard, and Young, Wild and Free, was reportedly pleased that the song has been able to inspire and impact so many lives.
Puth tweeted that he joined YouTube in 2007 only hoping to make a video that could hit 10 000 views. “Just heard about See You Again… wow!” he tweeted.
For the record, I joined @YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. Just heard about See You Again…wow.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) July 11, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times