Ellie Goulding In Kenya!

Just a few weeks after British Pop princess Rita Ora visited Kenya, another British singer is in the country.

Singer and song writer Ellie Goulding is in the country for the third UN Environment Assembly.

This comes after the ‘Love Me Like You Do’ singer signed on as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up our air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.

Ellie shared a picture on her Instagram spending time with the maasai at Maasai Mara captioning:

 “Thank you to the #maasaimara community and @maraelephantproject. I am totally inspired by my return to Kenya. The wildlife I’ve seen so far and the people I’ve met have been unforgettable, life changing and very motivating to make change in the world #wildforlife @unenvironment”.

This should come as a challenge to our local celebrities and us as a country that we shouldn’t wait  for international acts to come from overseas to protect the environment we live in.

 

 

The World’s Most Watched YouTube Videos

These are the songs that got played so much you pretty much wished you had earplugs each time they came on.

You know the feeling right?

Well since the dawn of YouTube, musicians from all across the world have been able to marvel at having their work get viewed by an increasing number of people, and getting to an unexpected large audience is always cause to celebrate.

We saw it happen to Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and more recently to Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’.

Before we get to the subject of this article (which is to list YouTube’s most viewed videos), let me start by explaining that having a music video reach one billion views was considered to be a big deal…. until June 2015.

You see at that time, it was only Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and (believe or not) Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ videos that had achieved this success but quickly after, other YouTube videos attained the same success. Today, a record 78 videos have got over a billion views.

What is now used as a measure of impressive achievement, is ‘how fast’ a video can attain the most number of YouTube views and how many YouTube videos a person can have, that have billions of views.

So with that said, YouTube continues to prove consistent in making superstars out of people and here is a list of what are currently (as at this month, September 2017) the world’s most viewed videos.

(As reported and confirmed by Wikipedia) 

As of September 2017, the five fastest videos to reach the one billion view mark are “Hello” (87 days), “Despacito” (97 days), “Shape of You” (97 days), “Sorry” (137 days), and “Chantaje” (140 days).

 

The five fastest videos to reach two billion views are “Despacito” (154 days), “Shape of You” (188 days), “Sorry” (394 days), “See You Again” (515 days) and “Hello” (620 days).

As of September 2017, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry each have four videos exceeding one billion views, while Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, Shakira and Ariana Grande each have three, and Fifth Harmony, Psy, Adele, Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Nicky Jam and Eminem each have two. Swift and Perry are the only artists to have two videos exceeding two billion views.