Kinky perm, sunglass and clad in animal print. With the infectious bizarre phrase ｢Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen｣ (PPAP), PIKOTARO age 53, singer/songwriter from Chiba, Japan releases 4 songs including ｢PPAP｣ in 134 countries, only through digital distribution on Oct 7th. PIKOTARO finally made a world debut.
｢PPAP｣ all started when PIKOTARO posted the song on YouTube by himself. The word spread from teenage girls and internationally, creating a buzz. TIME, BBC, CNN and other global media in Europe, US, and Asia took notice of the sensation and ｢PPAP｣ resulted in being covered by numerous media around the world.
Furthermore, Justin Bieber who boasts 88 million followers on Twitter, tweeted it was his "favorite video" and lead to the viral explosion. Also in Japan, it is being covered by countless media and has become a social phenomenon. Meanwhile, PIKOTARO himself tweeted "Master Justin Bieber...?!" and now his profile writes "My life saver is Justin Bieber."
｢PPAP｣ is adding its views, day by day. The total number of all view counts of all sites in the world, has already surpassed 200 million. Not only Japanese stars, but international celebrities and people are copying the dance. The number of its related videos are well over 36,000.
Regarding this sensation, PIKOTARO said
"I am surprised about the PIKOTARO buzz. I am so surprised that my right elbow snapped, that is how much I am surprised. After Master Justin Bieber tweeted on Twitter, the view count went over 20 million. If the 20 million was a bug, quite a number shall fly into your mouth. It is such a level.
｢PPAP｣ was just a song I enjoyed creating, and its theme is global warming, protecting endangered species, and the wish to kiss someone, and the wish to get a haircut. So this song contains various feelings. I hope you listen to this song with a headphone and in a good sound quality."
"In the year end, I really like to be on Kohaku music show. They can create Team Purple, or it can be Team Leopard, whatever way, I want to be on Kohaku. I would like to perform live at Kohaku, Summer Sonic and Madison Square Garden.
I, PIKOTARO, will work hard throughout this year so I ask for your help.
Please support PIKOTARO."
PIKOTARO revealed his ambitions.
In such situation, PIKOTARO has finally made his much anticipated world debut. You better watch his next move.
■PIKOTARO Official Website
■PIKOTARO Official YouTube ｢Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen｣
■PIKOTARO PPAP Official Twitter
■PIKOTARO Official Facebook