Comedian Pikotaro, whose "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)" song has gone viral, disclosed in a recent news conference in Tokyo that the song's music video cost just 100,000 yen to make.
Pikotaro is a singer-songwriter created by comedian Kosaka Daimao. His "PPAP" song surged in popularity after being introduced by Justin Bieber. In a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Oct. 28, he joked that that was the first time he realized the lyrics were in English.
After the video was posted to YouTube, it shot to No. 1 on the weekly viewing world rankings -- a first for a Japanese person. It also featured at No. 77 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (as of Oct. 19), and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the shortest song to make the Hot 100, at 45 seconds.
"It was a video that originally cost 100,000 yen to make," Pikotaro told the news conference. "I rented a studio and made 20 songs in about six hours. To see how it has spread like this -- the internet is amazing," he said.
Pikotaro also divulged the secret behind the song's creation. He said he always values the first word that comes out when playing a tune created in advance, and when he picked up a pen to write, the lyrics "I have a pen" popped into his mind. As Kosaka is from the apple-producing region of Aomori and he had an apple at home the next lyric was "I have a apple."
When asked if he had any plans for a world tour, the comedian replied, "I've got one song that's one minute long. Do you think people would come?" He added that he hadn't done so in Japan but would like to, "if it's OK to talk for the remainder" of his time on stage.