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Setting YouTube on fire: fun. & Janelle Monáe’s “We Are Young” video hits 1 billion views

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We can’t speak for fun.‘s friends, but the band’s YouTube views are certainly higher than the Empire State.

The trio’s video for their 2011 single “We Are Young,” which features Janelle Monáe, has officially hit 1 billion views.

The clip, which shows fun. and Monáe providing the soundtrack to a slow-motion bar fight, is the first of both acts’ careers to reach the billion-views milestone.

“We Are Young” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA and won Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammys. It was one of several hits spawned by fun.’s 2012 album Some Nights, along with “Carry On” and the title track.

Some Nights remains fun.’s most recent album — the band has been on hiatus since 2015. Vocalist Nate Ruess is now a solo artist, while guitarist Jack Antonoff fronts the band Bleachers and has become one of music’s most in-demand producers, working with artists including Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent and Lana Del Rey.

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