Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’ Reaches A Billion-View Milestone On YouTube
Who said YouTube doesn’t pay? A lot of views on YouTube can finally bring money to the bank, but we are talking about a lot of views, really a lot of views! Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’ reached one billion views on YouTube and it is a first in music history….
According to Forbes, this is the first music video from the 1990s to reach the milestone, and ‘the first one created before the YouTube era to do so’.Published on YouTube in 2009, the video is already 26 years old, and I had no idea ‘November Rain’ was the band’s most popular song! In comparison, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ is only approaching 700 M views.
According to some experts, bands get between $1,000-$2,000 per million views, which is still incredibly ridiculous but brings Guns N’ Roses’ gain between $1-2M for the streaming of the song on YouTube. Knowing that the band earned $500 M in revenue with their reunion tour, this should barely make a difference in their total income, but breaking a record is always a noticeable thing, and of course we can assume that all the other streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music) are also increasing their views, and bringing more money in Guns N’ Roses’ pocket .
Of course, this Guns N’ Roses fever is due to their reunion tour, which is already ‘the fourth highest-grossing tour of all time’ taking more than $3M a night, according to Forbes! This should encourage other famous acts to reunite and tour, and if we can assume that The Smiths will never reunite, as Morrissey and Marr will never let this happen, there are many other candidates. This may be why Ultimate Guitar was running this story 2 days ago, about a possible reunion of Led Zeppelin for their 50th anniversary! It won’t probably happen, but Led Zeppelin would sure crash Guns N’ Roses new record.