I knew it!
Seeing the likes of Rihanna and that get 100 million + views when most popular rock bands were getting 1-5 million I just knew the figures where being inflated. Sure the pop stars may be bigger but not that much bigger.
Plus if you go onto the Statistics section of a YouTube video sometimes the graph starts on like 20 million or 30 million or something, from the date the video was uploaded.
Makes you wonder how many videos have actually had 100 million views. Probably none.
Edit: Apart from System of a Down Chop Suey!! :P
Yeeeeepp. I read from a person that did that that they're basically hired to inflate the view count from day one. They set up different computers and programs to just constantly be clicking on the video and never stop watching it. It's a way for them to show the artist how relevant they are, etc. etc.
I didn't sense half of the time. I mean, I know Rihanna is famous. But every single video she released was up to 2 million views the first day. Same with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. I knew something had to be up with that. Glad they cracked down.