He has a pen. He has an apple. Now he has a Billboard Hot 100 record too.
As Piko-Taro debuts on the Hot 100 (dated Oct. 29) at No. 77 with his novelty viral hit "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)," the track makes history as the shortest song -- a mere 45 seconds in length -- ever to reach the chart. According to Paul Haney of Record Research (which has released more than 150 chart reference books by its founder, historian Joel Whitburn), the song bests the mark held for more than 52 years by The Womenfolk's "Little Boxes," which peaked at No. 83 on the Hot 100 in 1964 and is one minute and two seconds long.
Piko-Taro -- sprung from the imagination of Japanese comedian and DJ Daimaou Kosaka -- makes his record-setting Hot 100 arrival with his viral hit, which starts almost exclusively from 5.7 million U.S. streams (nearly all from YouTube clicks) in the week ending Oct. 13, according to Nielsen Music. It also enters the Streaming Songs chart at No. 46.
"PPAP" has already received a major endorsement from Justin Bieber, who, on Sept. 27, tweeted that the track was his "favorite video in the internet" and linked to the clip. The tweet has received 65,000 retweets and 120,000 likes.