DJ Snake and Major Lazer’s hit track ‘Lean On’ hit an unfathomable two billion views on YouTube last month.
The track, taken for Major Lazer’s massive album ‘Peace Is The Mission’, was released in March 2015 — almost exactly two years ago to the day.
‘Lean On’ now joins the ranks for commercial chart-toppers like Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ as tracks that have hit the two billion mark.
Watch the clip for ‘Lean On’ below.
For a new entrant into the Top 100 last year, DJ Snake’s had a pretty wild year. Which is presumably why he was otherwise engaged when being hit up for interview (probably, y’know, in Chile or Japan or something).
Born William Grigahcine in Paris, the viral hitmaker cites arty French film La Haine as an influence on his sound as well as Cypress Hill and KRS-One, and earned the name 'Snake' due to his effectiveness at hiding from the police after graffiting the Parisian ghetto.
Nominated for a Grammy as part of his productions on Lady Gaga’s album, the producer’s name blasted into the minds of the public after his 2014 track with Lil Jon, ‘Turn Down For What’, meant that you could barely step onto a dancefloor without hearing it.
But this year the DJ/producer proved to have even greater success, with the Major Lazer and MØ collab ‘Lean On’ raking in the plays (it scooped Best Dance/Electronic Song at the Billboard Awards and, more importantly, is a Top Tune of 2015 among a fair few of these Top 100 DJs...).
With recent appearances at TomorrowWorld, EDC, and an India tour scheduled for November, it’s fair to say that this Snake will soon be on another plane.