- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 28, 2020

System of a Down not so quietly achieved a hard rock milestone this week after the music video for the Grammy Award-winning band’s 2001 single “Chop Suey!” surpassed one billion views on YouTube.

Not many rock acts have released music videos viewed a billion times or more on YouTube, and several music outlets have assessed that “Chop Suey!” is now the first metal song to accomplish as much.

Consequence of Sound and the metal blog Metal Injection were among music sites that argued System of a Down has become the first act to crack a billion views with the music video for a metal song.

Other hard rock bands to have previously reached the billion-view mark for comparably softer songs include Nirvana, Linkin Park and Guns’ Roses. Pop artists aplenty have achieved that feat as well.

“Chop Suey!” appeared on System of a Down’s second studio album, 2001’s “Toxicity.” It was released as its first single before the album dropped and helped it debut atop the Billboard 200 that fall.

System of a Down, a California-based metal group formed in 1994, subsequently earned its first Grammy nomination in 2002 when “Chop Suey!” was in the running for the award for Best Metal Performance.

The band released new music earlier this month for the first time in 15 years. Both of the tunes accordingly debuted in the first and second positions on Billboard’s “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart.

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