Elon Musk casually referenced the iconic viral ‘Baby Shark’ song in a tweet and sent shares soaring as a result. 

As per Sydney Morning Herald, the Publishing Co., the second largest shareholder in the producer of the ‘Baby Shark’ viral YouTube song, moved to its highest level in over a month after a seemingly innocuous tweet, such is Musk’s influence.

During Asian trading hours Musk tweeted “Baby Shark crushes all! More views than humans,” with a clip of the song attached. The digital world is mad. That’s it, that’s all it takes to make stocks surge and for the rich to get richer these days.

Incredibly, his tweet was a reply to South Park, after the account for the animation show posted a clip from an episode with the caption, “The meme stars battle it out”.

In it, the likes of Tay Zonday, the ‘Chocolate Rain’ Guy and Chris Crocker, the ‘Leave Britney Alone’ battle it out over who’s the biggest internet star. Clearly Musk thought South Park missed out the greatest of them all.

‘Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)’ first became a sensation in 2018 – it has now been viewed almost 8.7 billion times (meaning technically Musk’s tweet was factual). It’s even made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart several times before.

We should also take a moment to apologise for almost definitely getting the infamous jingle, both irritating and delightful in equal measure, stuck in your head after reading this article. We’re sorry.

Musk has long been a lover of all of internet humour so it’s honestly no surprise that he’s a huge fan of ‘Baby Shark’. He probably gets Grimes to sing it to their son during bath time, while he performs his  own dance routine behind her.

He’s also fond of making the market act crazy. Only a few weeks ago, Musk caused the cryptocurrency Dogecoin to take a dive while he discussed it in a sketch during his hosting stint on Saturday Night Live.

Bitcoin then plunged when he announced that his electric car maker Tesla wouldn’t accept it as payment as a result of its high energy usage.

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