Baby Shark Dance beats Despacito to become most-viewed YouTube video in history

The perennial ear worm and children’s music video sensation, Baby Shark Dance, has become the most-viewed YouTube video in history, surpassing Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The Pinkfong IP breaks the record just as the Baby Shark single receives the RIAA Diamond certification for selling over 11 million records.

Baby Shark is now one of the only 41 Diamond singles in history, alongside best-selling artists such as Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga. The song has also been recognised as Brit certified two-times Platinum in September this year.

Baby Shark became a breakout sensation when it launched on YouTube in November 2015. With its catchy music, iconic characters, and playful dance, all combined together, Baby Shark took the world by storm, recording a 20-week-streak on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the Official Singles Chart, the highest position ever achieved by a children’s song in history.

The hit song spawned a viral dance challenge named #BabySharkChallenge, generating over one million cover videos around the world.

“We are very proud at Relentless Records/Sony Music to have built a great global partnership with the Pinkfong/SmartStudy team. It has been very inspiring to watch something that brings so much fun to so many people become such a worldwide record,” said Shabs Jobanputra, managing director, Relentless Records.

“Without the love and support of fans around the world, Baby Shark’s new record would have been impossible,” said Min Seok Kim, CEO, SmartStudy. “We’re very honored by this record and will continue to focus on delivering high-quality entertainment beyond the digital platforms.”

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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