Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Is Now The Fastest Video By A Male Solo Artist To Hit 1 Billion Views

Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Sets New Record As Fastest By Male Solo Artist To Hit 1 Billion

So long, Psy. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video has broken the South Korean pop star’s fastest male solo artist to reach 1 billion views record on VEVO.

Following mobilized streaming of the dance video by Justin Bieber fans over the past weeks, “Sorry” racked up 1 billion views in 137 days by the morning of March 7, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

“Sorry” is the second single from Bieber’s wildly successful, critically acclaimed Purpose album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after its official November 13 release. The tropical house banger was produced by Blood and Skrillex and co-written by Bieber, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and the producers. It topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks earlier this year. More on the records set and broken by Purpose and its singles can be read here.

Adele remains the overall fastest artist to reach 1 billion views. “Hello” hit that number in January in just 87 days.

After Bieber’s 2010 “Baby” video became the (then) most-viewed YouTube video in history in July 2010, the singer landed his first 1 billion milestone four years later on March 5, 2014. Back in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” overtook “Baby” as the most viewed clip on YouTube and was also the first to reach 1 billion hits.

Fast forward to Bieber’s second 1 billion viewed video. His 136-day achievement is more remarkable because the “Sorry” video isn’t a typical music video, but a dance video. In fact, Bieber isn’t even in it. That’s some vicarious star power right there. The video was produced, directed, and choreographed by the renowned Kiwi Parris Goebel. She appears in the video and led the all-girl ReQuest dance crew and The Royal Family dance crew.

Reception to the “Sorry” dancers’ fun, dynamic, dancehall-inspired moves was almost unanimously glowing, apart from later claims of cultural appropriation from some, which were subsequently graciously addressed by Goebel in an online statement in which she defended her work and the crews.

The “Sorry” video is one of 13 in Purpose: The Movement, a short film by Goebel. Bieber appears in two videos.

On Monday, Parris posted a still from the video on Instragram, noting the 1 billion views and the “power of dance,” and wrote that the video was initially meant to be a lyric video and was filmed in one rehearsal in Auckland, New Zealand with no concept.

Before Justin broke the record for the fastest video by a male solo artist to hit 1 billion views on VEVO on Monday, his fans trended “SorryTo1Billion” on Twitter. Many kept score of the mounting views throughout Sunday night.

Based on Bieber fans’ tweets, the new goal is to get the pop prince the title of first artist to achieve three videos with 1 billion views.

Fans’ focus is on the “What Do You Mean” video, which currently has more than 833,000,000 views. It’s predicted to reach 1 billion hits on April 17. Hence the #WDYMTo1Billion hashtag.

According to music stats aggregator KWORB.net, Bieber is the currently the biggest artist on Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes. He is also the most watched and most subscribed to artist, and the only male with two videos with over 1 billion views on YouTube. In short, the Biebs is the biggest artist worldwide right now.

Bieber’s fans have more than a third 1 billion video record to look forward to. After days of technical rehearsals in Eugene, Oregon, the much anticipated Purpose World Tour has arrived in Seattle, Washington, ahead of the first show on March 9.

Are you ready?! #PurposeTour

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The singer’s manager, Braun, various dancers, and band members have shared Instagrams and tweets en route or on arrival, and the mood appears to be high despite the absence of Bieber’s former musical director and guitarist, Dan Kanter, and the former stage manager James “Scrappy” Stassen.

Check out some of the band sessions and rehearsal reveals below. Two days to go.

Today was the last day of rehearsals in the dance studio. Time to go rehearse on stage! #PurposeTour ????: @rorykramer

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Are you ready? ???? #PurposeTour #21Days

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