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'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' Takes World by Storm

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Japanese comedian and DJ Kosaka Daimou’s new song may soon be circulating through most people’s heads all over the globe. Some are even predicting the song may surpass the mega YouTube hit “Gangnam Style” by South Korean artist PSY.

You can watch the music video here. But be warned, once you’ve listened to it you can never unhear it, and it may be subconsciously playing in your head for days to come.

The song is performed by “DJ Piko-Taro,” a character that was created by 40-year-old Kosaka Daimou during his live shows. "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" has all the elements of a viral hit—
catchy tune, nonsensical lyrics, and a ridiculous full body animal print outfit with matching scarf.

The video has already been played over 26 million times on DJ Piko-Taro’s official YouTube channel, but it has been reposted on several other channels. For example, 9GAG has reposted the video and amassed over 25 million views.

There have already been several parodies and covers posted online.

Piko-Taro has even gone to the trouble of giving us a lesson on how to do the "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" dance—with English subtitles.

Do you think this latest comical song from Japan will surpass “Gangnam Style”? Or, more importantly, will we ever be able to get the song out of our heads?

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