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The video for “Baby Shark,” the popular South Korean children’s song, became the first to surpass 10 billion views on YouTube, a goal it reaches just over a year after unseating Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” as the most viewed video on the digital platform.
The catchy tune, recorded by Korean-American singer Hope Segoine and produced by South Korean educational company Pinkfong, was originally posted on YouTube on June 17, 2016.
Since then, it has become one of the most recognized songs in the world and even made it to the Billboard Top100 in 2019.
“We are thrilled to announce that our beloved ‘Baby Shark’ has set another record,” Pinkfong CEO Min Seok Kim said Thursday in a statement.
“It has been a meaningful journey to see how ‘Baby Shark’ has connected people all over the world,” he added.
On Nov. 2, 2020, the Asian video surpassed Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” which hit YouTube on January 12, 2017, and until then was the most watched video in the platform’s history with 7.038 billion plays.
At the onset of the pandemic, a version of “Baby Shark” was recorded to promote good hand hygiene among the little ones with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, which further boosted its popularity.