Classical music collective The Piano Guys are the latest artists to reach one billion views on YouTube, joining the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Psy and roughly 100 others. The four dads from Utah celebrated the achievement over the weekend at a concert in Los Angeles. "I would like to thank the Academy," one member joked following a ceremony in which YouTube's head of music communications, Lisa Bellamore, presented them with a plaque.
The Piano Guys are closing in on 5 million subscribers to their channel, which launched March 2008. Their most popular videos include covers of Christina Perri’s "A Thousand Years," One Direction’s "What Makes You Beautiful" and Coldplay’s "Paradise." The guys are currently on a quest to film a music video at each of the seven wonders of the world and recently visited Petra in Jordan.
The group -- Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson -- is currently working on their latest studio album for Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks.
"One billion views on YouTube is an amazing achievement for any artist and something to be proudly celebrated," said Sony Music Masterworks president Bogdan Roscic in a statement. "It goes to show just how special the connection is that The Piano Guys have made with their fans across all media as they continue to push the boundaries through their music and their videos."