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Red Hot Chili Peppers earn first billion-views video with “Californication”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the billion views club on YouTube.

The band’s video for “Californication,” which reimagines Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad Smith as video game characters, has officially passed the milestone, making it the first Peppers clip to reach 1 billion views.

“Californication” is the title track off RHCP’s 1999 album. It’s now one of several videos from the ’90s with 1 billion views, along with Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain,” AC/DC‘s “Thunderstruck,” Metallica‘s “Nothing Else Matters,” R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion,” The Cranberries‘ “Zombie,” 4 Non Blondes‘ “What’s Up” and Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You.”

Even without the billion views news, Red Hot Chili Peppers were already having a big week with the announcement of a 2023 world tour in support of their two 2022 albums, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen.

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