Wiz Khalifa’s billion views for his latest video on YouTube is making news this weekend. Khalifa, a rapper from Pittsburgh, received the views from his video “See You Again” became the 10th video to surpass one billion, according to The Huffington Post.
Taking just 184 days, “See You Again” is the second-fastest video to hit one billion in YouTube history, after Psy’s “Gangnam Style” in 2012. It is also the first rap video to reach one billion views.
Also in the Billion View Club are Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando,” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”
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“See You Again,” a duet between Khalifa and singer Charlie Puth, is a tribute to late actor Paul Walker that appeared in the film “Furious 7.” The song could be a leading contender when the Grammy nominations are announced in December.
Google announced the milestone in a post on the YouTube Trends blog. The company says the video took 184 days to amass its billion views, which is faster than any other clip in history — apart from the record-breaking Gangnam Style. There are now 10 videos on YouTube with more than a billion views, all of them music videos, and Google says viewing figures are accelerating all the time.
For a long time, Bieber’s Baby was the most-watched video on YouTube, until Gangnam Style came along to smash just about every record in the book (breaking YouTube’s view counter along the way). Apparently OneRepublic’s Counting Stars video is in line to be the next video to get into the club, if you want to help give it a boost.
It just goes to show how important music is to YouTube’s popularity — something the major record labels haven’t failed to notice.
Wiz Khalifa hasn’t said much about his video reaching 1 billion views. But he will perform tonight at the Petersen Events Center as part of Pitt Basketball’s #ZooAfterHours Midnight Madness event. Doors open at 10 p.m. It begins at 11 p.m., and admission is free.