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"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"
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Single by Pikotaro
Released 7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
Format Music download
Recorded 2016
Genre Dance
Length 0:45
Label Avex Music Creative
Writer(s) Daimaou Kosaka
Producer(s) Daimaou Kosaka
Pikotaro singles chronology
"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"
(2016)
"The Theme Song of Pikotaro"
(2016)
Music video
PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) on YouTube

"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)" (Japanese: ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン Hepburn: Penpainappōappōpen?) is a single by Pikotaro, a fictional singer-songwriter created and portrayed by Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka.[1][2] It was released as a music video on YouTube on 25 August 2016, and has since become a viral video. As of April 2017, the official video has been viewed over 118 million times,[3] spawned parodies, and has been hailed as the new "Gangnam Style" by various newspapers and online media.[4][5] The single itself reached number 1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart and became the shortest single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. At the end of 2016, the songs charted at number 6 on Japan Hot 100 Year-end Chart.

Background and composition

Kosaka said in an interview that he came up with the song sitting in his house. He was listening to the tune when he picked up a pen to start writing. He thought about his background of being from Japan's biggest apple-producing region (Aomori Prefecture) as he also realized that he had an open can of pineapples on the table.[6]

The song is written in the key of C♯ minor with a common time tempo of 136 beats per minute. Pikotaro's vocals span from F♯3 to C♯5 in the song.[7]

Music video

The song originated as a music video released on YouTube on 25 August 2016. In the video, Pikotaro, dressed in a yellow snake/leopard animal print costume, dances around, and then sings English lyrics like "I have a pen, I have a apple. Uh, apple pen" while making the gestures of holding the named items and pushing them together. The video's expense was about 100,000 yen.[8][6]

On 26 September, Pikotaro released a video on how to do the dance and the gestures.[9] On 27 October, Pikotaro posted a "long version" of the music video.[10]

On 17 November, Pikotaro made an appearance on the Japanese edition of Sesame Street, where he joined Elmo and Cookie Monster in singing their version of the song titled "CBCC (Cookie-Butter-Choco-Cookie)".[11][12]

Release

"PPAP", alongside three other works by Pikotaro, was released to digital storefronts through Avex Music Creative on 7 October 2016.[13] An instrumental version of the song was made available on 12 October 2016.[14]

Reception

Viral spread

The video accumulated about 1 million hits in its first month of play.[15] Kosaka remarked it was mostly popular among Japanese students.[6] On 27 September 2016, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber shared the video on Twitter, captioning it as his "favorite video on the Internet".[15] The video had since gone viral, averaging over 1.5 million hits a day, and being touted as the new "Gangnam Style" by various newspapers and online media.[16][17][18] It has spawned many videos from people doing their own versions. On the YouTube music video charts it reached number 1,[19] and stayed there for three weeks in a row.[20]

Chart performance

The song debuted at number four on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated 22 October 2016.[21] The following week it climbed to number three[22] and the week after that it peaked at number two.[23] After dropping to number three, it topped the chart for the 14 November edition.[24]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States at number 77, and at 45 seconds in length, became the shortest song to chart in its history. The previous shortest song was "Little Boxes" by The Womenfolk, which reached number 83 in 1964 and was 1 minute and 2 seconds in length.[25] The fact was recognized by the Guinness World Records.[8][26] The song has since reappeared twice more, at number 82 for the week of November 26, and 93 the week of December 3.[20]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[27] 1
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[28] 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[29] 36
Hungary (Single Top 40)[30] 29
South Korean Digital Songs (Overseas) (Gaon)[31] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[32] 77
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales[33] 37

Year-end charts

Charts (2016) Position
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[34][35] 6

References

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  2. ^ Chen, Heather (27 September 2016). "How a 'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' earworm took over the internet". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  3. ^ 公式ピコ太郎歌唱ビデオチャンネル (25 August 2016). "PPAP(Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Official)ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン/PIKOTARO(ピコ太郎)". Retrieved 7 November 2016 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ Donna Marie Lapena Padua (17 October 2016). "'PPAP' Is The New 'Gangnam Style': How The World Is Going Crazy In Making Their Own Cover Of 'PPAP'". Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Smith, Chris (27 September 2016). "The internet is obsessed with the next 'Gangnam Style', and it's about fruit". Boy Genius Report. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
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  9. ^ "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen: wildly popular viral video will take over the world whether you like it or not". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' singer unveils extended version of viral song". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016 – via Reuters. 
  11. ^ Catolico, Gianna Francesca (21 November 2016). "WATCH: Piko-Taro tutors Elmo, Cookie Monster in 'Sesame Street'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sesame Street made their own pen pineapple apple pen video". Nine.com.au. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
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  15. ^ a b Penrose, Nerisha (27 September 2016). "Justin Bieber Shares His 'Favorite Video on the Internet': Piko Taro's Viral 'PPAP' Clip". Billboard. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Asian Correspondent Staff (27 September 2016). "'Pineapple Pen' song explodes online, dubbed the new 'Gangnam Style'". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
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  19. ^ wasabi. "Pen Pineapple Apple Pen N.1 on Youtube Chart – DigitalTrends JAPAN". 
  20. ^ a b "PIKOTARO Talks Becoming a Viral Sensation With 'PPAP' and Creating His New (Super Short) Album". 
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  22. ^ "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart – Japan Hot 100". Billboard. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  23. ^ "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart – Japan Hot 100". Billboard. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  24. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 – Charts – Billboard JAPAN". 
  25. ^ Trust, Gary (19 October 2016). "Piko-Taro's 'PPAP' Is the Shortest Song Ever on Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  26. ^ Sim, Walter (28 October 2016). "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen sets world record for shortest song to chart on US Billboard Hot 100". The Straits Times. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
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  29. ^ "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs Chart (December 10, 2016)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  30. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
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  33. ^ "Piko – Chart history – Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  34. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year End – Charts – Billboard JAPAN". 
  35. ^ "AKB48 and Justin Bieber Top Billboard Japan's Year-End Charts". 

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