Berklee College of Music has produced many famous alumni, including John Mayer and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. Now, the school has another claim to fame: The two most-viewed YouTube videos of all time are music videos for songs by former students.
For years, “Gangnam Style,” by South Korean pop star Psy (who attended Berklee from 1999 to 2000) has held the top spot. The video for the viral earworm was the first YouTube video to reach both 1 billion and 2 billion views, and appeared to be well on its way to being the first song to hit 3 billion views.
However, the “Gangnam Style” video was recently passed by the music video for “See You Again,” a song performed by Wiz Khalifa and co-written, co-produced, and featuring a chorus sung by Berklee alum Charlie Puth (’13). “See You Again” was written for the “Furious 7” soundtrack as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013.
Puth reacted to the news on Twitter, saying that he never imagined a video he helped make would reach such heights.
“For the record, I joined @YouTube in 2007 hoping to make a video that would reach 10,000 views,” Puth wrote. “Just heard about See You Again…wow.”
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
At the time of this article’s publication, “See You Again” had 2,904,622,687 views, more than 7 million more than the 2,896,722,307 of “Gangnam Style.”
But Puth shouldn’t break out the “3 billion” banners just yet. The music video for “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and featuring Daddy Yankee, has racked up more than 2.5 billion views in only six months, a rate that could send it past both “See You Again” and “Gangnam Style” by the end of the year. (Kevin Slane, Boston.com)Kevin Slane can be reached at email@example.com