“NORWEGIAN COMEDY DUO YLVIS’ “THE FOX” CROSSES 200 MILLION VIEWS ON YOU TUBE, IN 8TH WEEK.
“THE FOX” INVADES THE U.S. AIRWAVES:
FROM “DANCING WITH THE STARS” TO “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”
YLVIS TO APPEAR AT MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS IN AMSTERDAM,
BBC ‘CHILDREN IN NEED BENEFIT’ IN LONDON
(NEW YORK – October 9, 2013) Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis (Brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker) and their accidental viral video “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” crossed the 200 million mark in YouTube views, it was confirmed today.
“The Fox” was uploaded to YouTube on September 3 and quickly became a viral hit, surpassing 20 million views in just one week. It hit 100 Million October 9 and under a month later, doubled that number.
In addition, the single on Warner Bros. Records, has reached 1 million copies in digital sales and is in its 8th week on the Billboard Hot 100, residing in the Top Ten for 6 weeks and the song continues to burn up the iTunes charts where it currently sits at No. 20.
The song has become a pop culture phenomenon, dominating Halloween costumes (including those on “Live with Kelly and Michael” complete with a cameo from Michael J. Fox), showing up in a dynamic group performance on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and most recently, on ”Saturday Night Live” (featuring “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington) re-imagined as “What Does My Girl Say?”
Up next for Ylvis: Europe. The brothers will leave Norway to appear at both the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam and the upcoming live BBC television event “Children In Need” in London.
The duo created the video for Season 3 of their popular television series “I Kveld Med YLVIS” or “Tonight with Ylvis” on Norway’s TVNorge, which airs twice a week, entertaining Norwegian audiences with their blend of comedy, talk and music. The video was released to promote the show in advance of its television debut and the rest is history.
Currently the brothers have more videos online from their popular show – many of them in English and all of them hilarious. Some gaining traction include “Stonehenge” and “Work It” which balance their musical ability with their sharp comedic talent. Most recently another music video made for their show: “Massachusetts” garnered some wide press attention.
Ylvis began their career in 2000 on stage in Bergen, Norway where they debuted “Ylvis – A Cabaret”. The show was a success and they toured it extensively around Norway. In 2003 they premiered “Ylvis – A Concert” to rave reviews and sold out houses across the country. “Ylvis III” hit the stages across Norway in 2007 and broadcasters took notice. They appeared in a handful of Norwegian radio and TV series until the launch of the “Ylvis 4” live show in January 2011. Following the success of “4”, Vegard and Bard launched their TV Series “Tonight with Ylvis” on TV Norge in the fall of 2011.