Pop stars Shakira and Rihanna’s duet on the track ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ has helped make Shakira’s official YouTube channel the most popular on Google’s online video service.
According to industry site Tubefilter’s latest rankings, Shakira’s channel received 258.7 million views in February, up 229 per cent compared to her January figures.
The video has so far been watched 189.1 million times on YouTube – a figure that includes the last two days in January and the first 13 days in March – with a separate audio-only version having reached 32.2 million views too.
Shakira’s official YouTube channel was launched in September 2009, but nearly a tenth of its 2.7 billion all-time views came in February 2014 alone. More than 780,000 people subscribed to her channel that month, taking her total subscribers past 3.1 million.
PewDiePie – a Swedish gamer – was the second biggest YouTube channel that month with just under 250 million views, although he remains well ahead of Shakira for subscribers, having added 2.2 million new ones in February taking his total to 24.4 million.
The latest chart emphasises the diverse nature of the most popular YouTube channels, with a top 10 in which established music stars like Katy Perry (182.6 million views in February), Justin Bieber (120.1 million) and Beyoncé (119.7m) alongside toy reviews channel BluCollection (183.4 million) and Minecraft-focused Stampy (159.3 million).
Tubefilter claims that the top 100 YouTube channels generated 7 billion views collectively in February.