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08 December 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ Video Hits One Billion Views On YouTube

Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication Video Billion Views
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Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ official music video for Californication has officially reached one billion views, YouTube have announced.

The now-classic visual, which finds the quartet replacing their own avatars in an open-world video game as California is shaken by a massive earthquake, becomes the Chili Peppers’ first video to achieve the viewership feat. According to YouTube, the video has so far averaged 290,000 daily views in 2022.

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“It’s the edge of the world and all of Western civilization/ The sun may rise in the East at least it’s settled in a final location/ It’s understood that Hollywood sells Californication/ Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging/ Celebrity skin, is this your chin, or is that war you’re waging?” Anthony Kiedis croons on the opening verse as drummer Chad Smith’s character snowboards down a mountain shirtless in the video.

As title track off the rockers’ seventh album of the same name, the song was originally released in June 2000 as the fourth single off the studio set after Scar Tissue, Around the World and Otherside, and became their sixth chart-topper on the Alternative Airplay chart.

Earlier this week, the Chili Peppers announced their 2023 Tour, in support of their two #1 studio albums that were released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen.

Following a recent Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song for Black Summer, the Peppers will embark on a 23-date global trek that kicks off on Wednesday, March 29 at BC Place in Vancouver, BC with stadium shows and festival stops across North America and Europe in Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna and more before wrapping up on Saturday, July 23 in Glasgow, UK at Hampden Park. The Strokes, Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, Thundercat, and King Princess will join the band on select dates.

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