Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Sign up for The Complex Newsletter for breaking news, events, and unique stories. Nas X has now spent three weeks at No. It was getting to the point that it was almost stagnant. When TikTok hit it, almost every day since that, the streams have been up. I credit them a lot. In , Chinese tech company ByteDance acquired Musical. The app, which operates mainly via its homepage, displays an endless flow of second videos.
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Nevertheless, the internet took it and ran, spinning a simple two words into a meme still beloved to this day. The joke gained steam when a random YouTuber took the original music video and conjured an Italian spin, which can be viewed here. Like many other standouts uploaded around the time, it was simplistic and nonsensical. A guy who looks like he spends more time playing World of Warcraft than dancing jiggled around to the admittedly catchy tune from Eurodance one-hit-wonder trio O-Zone. The turn-of-the-century techno tune fell victim to a familiar scenario of everyone liking the beat, but no one able to place the name. Some memes make us laugh. Very few have the ability to spawn an inspirational fight against a disease. Never before did a meme play such an important role outside a web browser, and the whole saga put a feel-good aspect on everyone involved, especially the grateful man behind Robbie Rotten.
The answer, of course, is a meme. Our story orbits around retired porn star Mia Khalifa. She made her exit from the porn world in and has since rebranded herself as a sports commentator and social media personality. Now skip a few years ahead to November In an interview about the song , the duo spoke about the tweet as if they believed it was authentic, but some YouTube commenters have their doubts. More than 2. Those lyrics became ubiquitous in the TikTok community.
Problematic in a half-dozen ways, the video was a minor sensation online, particularly among the edgy sort of joker with a meme account on Instagram. The image was quickly copied and re-posted on dozens of other meme pages. According to Xeno Carr, her partner in the group, in its first few months on YouTube, the song amassed five million views, an inspiring number for an unsigned act. TikTok is a mobile app where users can create and share short videos. After merging with fellow lip-synch app Musical. But her video was only a proto-meme, good for 16, likes. TuneCore did not respond to requests to comment. For tech giants, music is monstrously big business.