See you later, Gangnam Style.
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth made their move on Monday, breaking the record for the most-viewed video of all time on YouTube for “See You Again.”
At 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, it hit 2,900,406,561 views, surpassing the 2,895,690,588 views for the “Gangnam Style,” the 2012 smash by South Korean singer Psy.
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“Gangnam Style” held the record for five years, having passed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” in November 2012. The Canadian pop star’s 2015 single “Sorry” sits at No. 3 with 2.6 billion views.
“See You Again,” a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker from the 2015 movie “Furious 7,” has averaged more than 3 million views per day in 2017, according to Khalifa publicist Rogers and Cowan.
In 2015, “See You Again” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 straight weeks, making it the Pittsburgh rapper’s biggest single since 2010’s chart-topping “Black and Yellow.”
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“It’s the biggest song that I’ve ever had in my career,” Khalifa told the Post-Gazette soon after its release. “Every artist wishes for that, that reaction, that when the song comes on, everybody feels it. I’m blessed to have that kind of song and that kind of feeling happen. It’s just really good to keep people happy.”
Khalifa and Mr. Puth were an unlikely duo, pairing a classically trained pianist and Berklee College of Music grad from New Jersey with a Pittsburgh rapper (from Point Breeze) who has his own marijuana strain.
They never actually met during the December 2014 recording of the song, which Mr. Puth said he wrote in all of 10 minutes.
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“I wrote the chorus and sent it to Wiz, and he put verses on it. It was as simple as that. Not like an amazing story. I heard Wiz on it and he’s on my label, so we reached out to him,” he told us last year.
They finally met in March 2015 in the dressing room of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Mr. Puth said when they were first introduced, the rapper just kind of nodded and kept moving. Since then, they’ve become acquainted on more stages.
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“He’s always really cool,” Mr. Puth said. “He’s always high, which is funny.”
With the help of Agency