Marshmello and Anne-Marie hit 1 billion views on YouTube with ‘Friends’ video


By Brent Furdyk.

14 hours ago

Marshmello and Anne-Marie have just reached a new milestone with their 2018 collaboration “Friends”.

Billboard reports that the lyric video for the single just surpassed one billion views on YouTube.

Meanwhile, the music video for the same song also seems on track to hit 1 billion views.

As of Friday, April 22, this video has reached just under 943 million views, putting it within striking distance of the rarefied billion.

What makes the achievement all the more impressive is how quickly the song came together.

As Anne-Marie recalled in a 2018 interview with Billboardthe collaboration was born when she and the DJ/producer met in London.

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“While he was there he pulled out his laptop and started playing some riffs he had done recently,” she explained. “That little guitar riff you hear in the song — he started playing that, and I was like, ‘Okay, I gotta write a song now.’ We literally wrote it that night, and he worked on it for the next three days in LA, and it was done.

According to Anne-Marie, the two wrote the song “on the guitar riff, and it was kind of a Spanish vibe. And then it came back and it was kind of like hip-hop – I couldn’t believe what he had done.

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