Wiz Khalifa Tribute To Paul Walker “See You Again” Breaks Spotify Streams Record
Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack single See You Again racks up more than 4m streams in a single day, pushing it to the top of the charts in several countries.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa’s single See You Again has broken the record for the most Spotify streams the US in 24 hours, after it was played 4.2m times on Monday 13 April. The song, appearing on the Fast & Furious 7 soundtrack and featuring singer Charlie Puth, also set a new record for the most streams in a single week worldwide, picking up 21.9m listens between 6 April and 12 April.
As a result of its sudden popularity, See You Again sped to the top of the charts in 26 countries including the UK, US, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada and Switzerland. The single was released on 17 March in the US, 3 April worldwide and 12 April in the UK.
“This is one of those special moments when all the forces have aligned to create a song that is resonating emotionally with millions around the world,” said Atlantic Records CEO and chairman Craig Kallman. “The combination of Wiz’s star power with the introduction of Charlie as a brilliant singer and songwriter is truly magical, striking a nerve with Paul Walker’s legion of fans and the film’s enormous audience.”
See You Again is on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s C playlists this week, and looks likely to knock Jess Glynne off the top of the singles chart on Monday 20 April. The track’s success follows on from that of recent box-office smash Fast & Furious 7. The song’s vocal hook and video has been considered a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who features posthumously in the film alongside Vin Diesel. Walker died in November 2013, after a car he was in crashed and burst into flames in Los Angeles.