Out of all the viral sensations that has hit the internet in 2016, arguably the biggest one of the year is Piko-Taro's annoyingly catchy "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP)". While there's no denying that "PPAP" has been a huge success, some have been skeptical over whether it was organic or otherwise - two of whom are noneother than our own Eat Your Kimchi duo Simon and Martina!
Piko-Taro has publically stated that he hasn't earned any money from "PPAP" despite the song appearing on numerous TV shows, advertisements, and promotions. This fact caused Simon and Martina to put on their tin foil hats and theorise that Piko-Taro doesn't own his YouTube channel, and that all his content is actually owned by the big-name Japanese record label AVEX.
Digging deeper, the duo also argue that it makes no sense for a big company to sign a relative unknown like Piko-Taro, something that Simon is unconvinced by since he couldn't find anything about Piko-Taro during his research.
Couple all that with the sheer coincidence of Justin Bieber sharing "PPAP" and a run of success to be a bit too meticulous and perfect to be organic, Simon and Martina aren't 100% convinced that "PPAP" is an organic hit and that there's a possibility that AVEX have finally cracked the formula on making viral videos.
So here's the ultimate question - is "PPAP" a genuine viral hit or a manufactured viral video from AVEX? Let us know!
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