PIKOTARO, who gained worldwide fame for the hit "PPAP" ("Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen") in 2016, has updated his song to encourage people around the world to stay safe during the current global crisis.
PIKOTARO has recorded the new version with the title "PPAP 2020" at its producer KOSAKA DAIMAOU. The music video shows PIKOTARO how he parodies his melody by using a catchy refrain from “Wash! To wash! Wash! "With the mission to help children and adults wash their hands thoroughly.
In 2020, "PPAP" stands for "Pray for People and Peace".
PIKOTARO – "PPAP 2020"
PIKOTARO added a special message to the video:
From PIKOTARO all over the world …
I did it in a hurry for Smile and Safe Hands!
Wash it! Smile! Protect it!
Come on guys, let's wash! To wash! To wash!
The original version of "PPAP" received over 135 million views on YouTube, which made PIKOTARO a worldwide sensation, and the various versions of the song together collected over 500 million views. He holds the record as the only Japanese artist who has reached number 1 on the YouTube Global music video chart and remains at the top for three weeks in a row. In 2016 he also received the Guinness World Record for the "shortest song for the Billboard Hot 100".
In 2019, PIKOTARO released PIKO 10 PROJECT by uploading new works to its official YouTube channel every week for 10 weeks. The highlight was the viral hit "I stand", which received over 1 million views on YouTube.
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