“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” is the debut song from Piko-Taro, a fictional singer-songwriter created by Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka. It’s only 45 seconds long and consists of less than 50 words, but it has over 59 million views on YouTube in the US which counts toward its stream equivalent plays in Billboard’s chart system. Thus it debuted at #77 this week, becoming the shortest (and perhaps weirdest) song to crack the Hot 100 singles chart. It replaces the Womenfolk’s 62-second “Little Boxes” (aka the future Weeds theme song), which peaked at #83 on in 1964, according to Paul Haney of Record Research.
Justin Bieber also had a small hand in bumping the numbers on “PPAP,” calling it his “favorite video on the internet.” The tweet was retweeted 65,000 times and favorited 120,000 times.
It’s kind of a bop, on the real. Check out the record-breaking song below.
I need that Chocolate Droppa vs. Piko-Taro battle. It would probably be less silly than the presidential debate was this past Wednesday.