Not long after we revealed 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj‘s newest soon-to-be-hit ‘TROLLZ’ had colored itself into YouTube history books for “most 24-hour views of a Hip Hop clip,” the video platform has gone to press to repudiate the report.
As we noted early Monday (June 15), the initial story suggested ‘TROLLZ’ – thanks to the whopping 50.3 million views garnered in the day after its June 12 release – was officially the record holder for ‘most 24-hour views among Hip Hop videos.’ The erroneously reported record would have seen ‘TROLLZ’ snatch the title from its own predecessor, ‘GOOBA,’ as that clip earned a whopping 43.5 million views its first day.
A YouTube rep revoked the titling on a technicality, however. In a statement obtained by our friends at ‘XXL,’ the video platform has reiterated its viewership policy:
“Videos eligible for YouTube’s 24-hour record debuts are those with the highest views from organic sources within the first 24 hours of the video’s public release. This includes direct links to the video, search results, external sites that embed the video and YouTube features like the homepage, watch next and Trending.
Video advertising is an effective way to reach specific audiences with a song debut, but paid advertising views on YouTube will no longer be considered when looking at a 24-hour record debut.” [source]
It should be noted YouTube is not denying the 50.3 million views were accomplished overall, however, the means by which they were attained makes it ineligible for the site’s record books.
With the views from paid advertising subtracted, it’s been revealed ‘TROLLZ’ actually amassed 32.5 million in that 24-hour window – nearly half of its originally reported height.
Nevertheless, Minaj is still penciled in the platform’s list for ‘most 24-hour views among female rappers,’ breaking the record she previously held when her 2014 hit, ‘Anaconda,’ slithered to 19.6 million views its first day.