Pikotaro, the Japanese comedian behind the huge viral hit music video PPAP was today officially recognised by Guinness World Records during a ceremony in Tokyo for the song’s chart success.
PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen), now holds the title for Shortest song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, after the incredibly catchy 45 second track reached the US charts on 29 October 2016.
The video for the PPAP has been viewed more than 67 million times since it was first published on YouTube in August, helped in no small part when pop star Justin Bieber declared it his "favourite video on the Internet" in posting on Twitter.
The minimalist video, which cost just 100,000 yen ($950)to make, features Pikotaro, dressed in a trademark animal print costume, dancing to the song that features nonsensical English lyrics such as "I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple pen."
"I'm surprised by this sudden popularity," the 53-year-old comedian told reporters at the packed press conference.
なんと…— ピコ太郎(PIKOTARO)PPAP (@pikotaro_ppap) October 28, 2016
"Without Justin's impact, I think only four people would have showed up in this room," he added.
The song broke into the US chart at No. 77 this week, marking the first time in 26 years that a Japanese singer made the Billboard Hot 100.
The comedian now hopes to tour the world, but admits he doesn’t expect the global craze surrounding the song to last.
"I just want to quickly release many fun songs," he said.