Only one Spaniard has broken the one billion view barrier on YouTube

The video site has released a list of its most viewed videos on its tenth anniversary and only one Spaniard makes the list... can you guess who the hero is?

Only one Spaniard has broken the one billion view barrier on YouTube
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It’s all in the family for the Spaniard who has managed to rack up the most views on YouTube – a whopping 1,084,241,264. 

Yes, it’s Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, son of legendary crooner Julio who recently became the latest celebrity to diss US Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump.

The Spanish version of Enrique’s hit Bailando has amassed over a billion hits on the popular video website since it was released on April 11th 2014.

The song features Cuban singer Descemer Bueno and group Gente de Zona, who also co-wrote the track, which means ‘dancing’ in English.

Enrique is the only Latin artist to feature in the top ten list, which is largely populated by pop acts; both Taylor Swift and Katy Perry feature twice on the list with Swift’s Blank Space taking third position and Perry’s Dark Horse taking forth.

Pint-sized crooner Justin Bieber takes the second spot with Baby while the first place proves the power of the viral video: South Korean pop star PSY’s 2012 hit Gangnam Style, which spawned thousands of spoof videos – is the most viewed video on YouTube with an incredible 2.4 billion views.

The list features four Americans (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor and rapper Wiz Kalifa), one Canadian (Justin Beiber), one South Korean (PSY) one Brit (Mark Ronson) and one Spaniard (Enrique Iglesias). 

The most viewed YouTube videos

1. PSY – Gangnam Style – 2,430,936,252

2. Justin Bieber – Baby – 1,222,745,161

3. Taylor Swift – Blank Space – 1,204,579,438

4. Katy Perry – Dark Horse –  1,129,029,646

5. Katy Perry- Roar -1,092,530,036

6. Taylor Swift – Shake it off – 1,084,992,902

7. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando – 1,084,241,264

8. Mark Ronson- Uptown funk. 1,061,501,612

9. Meghan Trainor- All about that bass. 1,056,816,473

10. Wiz Khalifa- See you again. 1,024,110,436

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Spanish YouTuber found guilty of humiliating beggar

A YouTuber in Spain was sentenced to 15 months in jail and 20,000 euros for posting a video in which he offered a homeless man biscuits stuffed with toothpaste, a court said Friday.

Spanish YouTuber found guilty of humiliating beggar
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Kan-Hua Ren, known as ReSet, was found guilty of an offence against moral integrity in his video published in January 2017 on his channel and since removed, the Barcelona court said.

He was sentenced to 15 months in jail, which he won't likely have to serve.

Sentences of up to two years are generally not implemented in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.

Ren was also ordered to pay 20,000 euros in compensation to the victim and his channels will be closed down for five years.

“Challenged” by one of his followers, Ren, who was 19 at the time, filmed himself removing cream from inside biscuits and replacing it with toothpaste.

Then he gave them to a Romanian beggar along with a 20-euro bill.

“Maybe I went a little far, but let's look at the positive side, it will help him clean his teeth, I don't think he has often brushed his teeth since he became poor,” Ren told his followers, according to a court document.

The homeless man threw up, wrote the judge in her verdict dated May 29.

The video sparked an outcry, so Ren posted a new one in which he went back to see the man and gave him another 20 euros.

“If I had done this with a normal person, no-one would have said a thing, but as he is a beggar people are complaining,” he said in a message accompanying the video, according to the court document.

Among the 200 most influential Spanish-speaking personalities on YouTube at the time, police said he then tried to stop the victim making a complaint in exchange for 300 euros and yet another video in which he would spend the night with him.

Police added he targeted other vulnerable people in other videos on his channel, where he earned money through advertising.

“I do things for showmanship, people like anything morbid,” he told the court.

On Friday, Ren's two YouTube channels, which respectively have more than 1.2 million and 250,000 followers, were still online.

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