SOURCE: Singer/Songwriter PIKOTARO

November 01, 2016 08:00 ET

Global Phenomenon PIKOTARO Signed to "Ultra Music/Sony Music" With His Youtube Hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) Song

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - November 01, 2016) - Global Sensation Pikotaro, a singer and songwriter from Chiba, Japan has taken the globe by storm with his infectious PPAP song. With his kinky perm, sunglasses and animal print outfit his YouTube video "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" (PPAP) has been seen over 200 million times via digital distribution which began October 7th 2016th on his Japanese label AVEX.

The short video: seen here https://youtu.be/d9TpRfDdyU0 has also been extended to a long version available here: https://youtu.be/2j260L6v6ps

"PPAP" all started when PIKOTARO posted the song on YouTube by himself. The word spread from teenage girls to international media creating a buzz which had TIME, BBC, CNN and other global media in Europe, US, and Asia take notice of the sensation which resulted the song being covered by numerous media around the world. Since its debut PPAP has had approximately 450 million total plays on world wide streaming sites and has been number 1 for three consecutive weeks on "YouTube Music Global top 100. Ultra Records founder and President of electronic music Patrick Moxey says "PIKOTARO has created a song with great originality and humor, and it's breaking thru all cultural boundaries. We look forward to working with him and Avex."

Shot in a studio in Atsugi City, Japan the video has daily streams of an average of over 3 million times a day, including a mention from fan Justin Bieber who told his 88 million twitter followers that it was his "favorite video."

Sony International EVP of A&R Wolfgang Boss was also quick to see what could come of PPAP saying, "PPAP is a worldwide phenomenon like Gangnam Style or Crazy Frog and we are very happy that we can support AVEX through our international system to promote this extremely funny and entertaining project to local media and audiences around the world."

The song is currently on the Billboard Hot 100, and is now the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the shortest song to ever enter the chart.

PIKOTARO Official Website:
avex.jp/pikotaro
PIKOTARO Official YouTube "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen":
https://youtu.be/0E00Zuayv9Q
iTunes
http://smarturl.it/pikotaro
Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/37GBT1Lhfc2sgq4jZIt6n2
http://smarturl.it/PPAPLong

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/10/31/11G120166/Images/pikotaro5-3ccdcd139430b919ba0be16238ac5293.jpg

Embedded Video Available: http://smarturl.it/PPAPLong

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