Wiz Khalifa has now become the highest viewed artist on YouTube with his hit track “See You Again.” The song was a soundtrack to Furious 7 and has surpassed Psy’s “Gangnam Style” as the most-watched video on the YouTube service, totalling just shy of 2.9 billion videos as of Tuesday (July 11).
The song was released in March 2015 and by October 2015 it had already reached 1 billion views. The song was especially emotional for fans because it was the perfect farewell for Paul Walker who died in 2013. As shown in “See You Again,” it would mark the last time Walker would appear in the films and scenes from Furious 7 are featured throughout the video.
Khalifa’s video gained further traction after it became just the second video to reach 2 billion views after “Gangnam Style.” On Monday (July 10), the clip reached its new historic mark according to a report from the Associated Press, who spoke with the number crunchers at YouTube. The official numbers for “See You Again” sit at 2,897,619,778 while “Gangnam Style” trails at 2,895,111,556.
The lead single from the Furious 7 soundtrack, which features Atlantic Records singer and songwriter Charlie Puth, is Khalifa’s biggest record to date. Produced by DJ Frank E, Puth, and Andrew Cedar, “See You Again” was also packaged in the worldwide release of Puth’s platinum-selling debut, Nine Track Mind.
The AP notes that Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is the third most-watched video on the Google-owned video streaming network with 2,636,503,862 views and counting. Puerto Rican singer and actor Luis Fonsi is hot on the trail of the big three as his hit song “Despacito” featuring Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, is at 2,490,957,209 views following its January 2017 release.