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A Berklee College of Music graduate is partly responsible for the most-viewed YouTube video of all time.
Charlie Puth, a New Jersey native who graduated from the Boston school in 2013, has seen “See You Again,” his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa for the Furious 7 soundtrack, rocket past Psy’s “Gangnam Style” as the Number 1-viewed video on all of YouTube. As it turns out, Psy also attended Berklee, albeit very briefly, in the late ’90s.
The “See You Again” video, which pays tribute to late actor Paul Walker, was uploaded in April 2015 and has racked up 2.9 billion views — putting it just ahead of Psy’s global K-pop hit. In fact, here’s a tale of the view tape, as of publishing on today (July 11):
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, “See You Again”: 2,897,632,968 views
Psy, “Gangnam Style”: 2,895,111,556 views
That’s a lot of plays. And last night, Puth reacted to the news with the following tweet:
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
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was the first video on YouTube to reach 1 billion views. And while Puth and Khalifa are currently king of the website, their stay at the top might not last, as Number 5 on the current all-time plays chart is a song that was only uploaded earlier this year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” with 2.41 billion views. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber (2.63 billion) and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” (2.55 billion) are third and forth, respectively.
Watch Puth and Khalifa do their thing below.