One billion and counting

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth reach one billion views on their number one song "See You Again"

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On October 9, 2015, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again reached an outstanding one billion views on Youtube. Khalifa joined the elite club with style as he became the fastest person to reach a one billion views in the history of the site.

“See You Again” came into the list being the 10th video ever to reach a billion, just 37 million behind Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Base”, which was released in June of 2014. Some people may look at that number as too high for Khalifa to reach, but Wiz’s top song of the year has averaged around 5.3 million views per day. Which could give him a legitimate shot to catch the number one viewed video of all time: Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, which was released in 2012 with a ridiculous 2.4 billion.

“It’s the biggest song I’ve ever had in my career”, Wiz told the Post-Gazette this past summer.

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Wiz and Puth performing live.

The song gained its fame from the Spring film released in early April, Furious 7. “See You Again” was played at the end of the film as a tribute to the actor Paul Walker, who had been tragically killed in a fatal car accident as the film was being produced.

The song tied the record for the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ top songs of the week with 12 straight weeks at number one. Along with one of the best rap songs of all time: “Lose Yourself”, by Eminem.

“In my opinion it’s Wiz’s best song,” said junior Wiz fanatic Ross Mullen, “It really fit well with the end of the movie and was perfect for a Paul Walker tribute”.

In my opinion it’s Wiz’s best song”

— Ross Mullen

One reason for the song’s major success was the touching lyrics that Wiz wrote in the song, and the way he tied it into the tragic death of Paul Walker. Lines perfected by Wiz like “And when brotherhood comes first, Then the line will never be crossed, Established it on our own, When that line had to be drawn”, were looked at as inspirational to people watching the movie, and brought tears to the audience as they watched the tearful ending.

This song has undoubtedly brought Wiz to new levels in the music industry. He made himself well-known when he released “Black and Yellow” on his 2010 album Rolling Papers. And then he continued his ongoing success with “We Dem Boyz” on his 2014 album Blacc Hollywood. But “See You Again

‘has really brought him to the top of the food chain when it comes to modern day rap popularity.

“I was very happy with the Wiz Khalifa concert at Riverbend this year,” Michael Groh told me. “And ‘See You Again’ was definitely the best song of the night”. Wiz came to Cincinnati on June 30, and opened up with his hottest song “See You Again”.

Wiz’s fire song was arguably the best song released in 2015, but lets just see if the 28 year old rapper is able to keep up the success he has had over the last couple of years.