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Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' Joins the Billion Views Club on YouTube


Michael Jackson in a scene from the "Beat It" music video

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Michael Jackson, renowned as the King of Pop, continues to reign supreme in the digital era as his 1983 smash hit “Beat It” secures a coveted spot in the Billion Views Club on YouTube. This achievement adds a third jewel to his crown, placing it alongside “Billie Jean” and “They Don’t Care About Us” in the realm of billion-viewed music videos.


In parallel, pop sensation Katy Perry celebrates her own triumph, marking her seventh entry into the Billion Views Club with the captivating video for “The One that Got Away.” Featuring Diego Luna, celebrated for his role as Cassian Andor in the Star Wars franchise, the video showcases Perry's versatile storytelling. Her impressive collection in the club also includes hits like “Firework,” “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” and “Wide Awake.”


This week, the Billion Views Club on YouTube has welcomed a diverse range of new members. The 2015 chart-topper “Locked Away” by R. City featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Rihanna’s hit “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake from 2010, and Foster the People’s iconic “Pumped Up Kicks” all joined this exclusive digital milestone.


As the digital landscape continues to celebrate music across generations and genres, these monumental view counts not only signify enduring popularity but also mark a significant digital legacy for these artists and their timeless tracks.


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