Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" Becomes The Most-Viewed Music Video On YouTube
(AllHipHop News) Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa is the new king of YouTube.
BBC News reports Wiz's video for "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth has collected 2,895,373,709 views (as of writing).
That total surpasses Psy's 2,894,426,475 views for the viral hit "Gangnam Style."
The South Korean hit maker's clip had been the most watch video on the site since 2012.
"See You Again" was a smash record as well.
Wiz and Puth's single from the Furious 7 soundtrack spent 12 nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2015.
Many critics and fans were surprised when "See You Again" was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
“I don’t really get into the political stuff, but I do know it depends on who gets nominated and who doesn’t, and it is not based on just the music. I’m focused on the music so I’m doing my part," stated Wiz in a 2016 Billboard interview.
Later that year, "See You Again" became the first video by a Hip Hop act to cross the 2 billion viewed mark.
It also received nominations at the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
The musical tribute to the late Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker did win the honor of Best Song at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.
50 Cent and Eminem were reportedly approached about recording "See You Again" before Wiz Khalifa.
"At the time [Eminem and I] had to make a decision between doing [the Southpaw soundtrack href="http://shadyrecords.com/2015/06/26/southpaw-soundtrack-official-tracklisting/" target="_blank"] and the song for Fast & Furious," said 50. “And that ['See You Again'] was a huge success for Wiz Khalifa and them. [Eminem] decided to do Southpaw because he was invested in the project.”
The rest of the Top 5 on the list of most-watched YouTube music videos is Justin Bieber's "Sorry" (2,635,572,161), Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars (2,550,545,717), and Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" featuring Daddy Yankee (2,482,502,747).