At 2,894,426,475 views, South Korean megahit Gangnam Style was the most-watched video on YouTube but now there’s a new champion.
The song has now been overtaken by another music video – Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” which is now standing at 2,895,373,709 views.
The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013 in Valencia, California. Later on, the song was included as a bonus track on the international release of Puth’s debut album, Nine Track Mind.
“Gangnam Style” held the most viewed video record on YouTube for five years, after surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in November of 2012, YouTube said in a statement on Tuesday.
“See You Again” averaged over three million views per day, just this year alone.
“I’m super excited and grateful to everyone who supported the song and video on YouTube, and happy to inspire and impact so many lives,” rapper Khalifa said in a statement.
“I remember when I signed up for YouTube in 2007 and had hopes of uploading a video and it reaching 10,000 views,” Puth said. “Now a decade later, it feels incredible to be a part of the most-viewed video on YouTube.”
It was the best-selling song worldwide in 2015, and received best song nominations at both the Grammys and the Oscars.