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‘Gangnam Style’ is no longer the most-played video on YouTube
    2017-July-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PSY’S “Gangnam Style” is no longer the most-watched video on YouTube.

The South Korean megahit had been the site’s most-played clip for the last five years.

The surreal video became so popular that it “broke” YouTube’s play counter, exceeding the maximum possible number of views (2,147,483,647), and forcing the company to rewrite its code.

But the song has now been overtaken by another music video — Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again.”

The heart-wrenching ballad has now been streamed 2,895,373,709 times; beating PSY’s current count of 2,894,426,475 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.

“I joined YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views,” wrote Puth on Twitter. “Just heard about ‘See You Again’ ... Wow.”

The song was written for the action movie “Fast and Furious 7,” playing over the closing credits in tribute to the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the film was completed.

With its unabashedly sentimental lyrics, “See You Again” has become one of the most frequently requested pop songs at funerals in the U.K.

It was the best-selling song worldwide in 2015, and received best song nominations at both the Grammys and the Oscars.

The video reached 1 billion views in six months, and hit 2 billion last September. 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 US$0.001 for the music industry.

If accurate, that means Khalifa and Puth’s song has earned US$2.9m from YouTube — roughly the same amount it has made from 665 million plays on Spotify. (SD-Agencies)

 

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