Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication has passed 1 billion views on YouTube

Virgin Radio

11 Dec 2022, 17:46

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That's even more than the sneezing panda!

Red Hot Chili Peppers have achieved a new milestone in their storied career.

The music video for the group's 2000 hit 'Californication' - taken from the 1999 album of the same name - has hit a milestone of one billion views on YouTube.

The music video for the iconic song was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and takes the form of a fictional open world video game that depicts each of the band members on some sort of adventure in a California setting, particularly San Francisco.

It ends when the world is ravaged by an earthquake and the avatars are replaced by the live action band members. The bandmembers then all meet at the centre of the Earth.

The song reached number 69 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, and number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.

The average daily viewership of the video continues to be 290,000 in 2022.

The band will inevitably perform the song when they hit the UK in 2023.

RHCP's play Friday, July 21st at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London and on Sunday, July 23rd at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow.

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