Gangam Style becomes first video to reach ONE BILLION views on YouTube five months after it was uploaded
Gangnam Style has now been watched one billion times on YouTubeThe smash hit has overtaken Justin Bieber's Baby as the website's most-viewed video
18:10 GMT, 21 December 2012
18:58 GMT, 21 December 2012
Pop sensation: South Korean rapper Psy's video for his global hit Gangnam Style has become the first to reach one billion views on YouTube
South Korean pop sensation Gangnam Style has become the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube.
The video by pop star PSY was uploaded in July, and shows the singer making fun of the extravagant lifestyle of the residents of Gangnam, the neighbourhood where he grew up in the capital, Seoul.
It quickly became a big hit around the world, attracting celebrity fans from U.S. President Barack Obama to London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Mr Johnson told the Tory party conference in October how he and Prime Minister David Cameron 'danced Gangnam-Style the other day, you will be shocked to discover'.
President Obama said in an interview he likes to break into Gangnam Style dance moves in the White House to embarrass his daughters Sasha and Malia.
Previously, Justin Bieber’s hit Baby was the site’s most-viewed video but Gangnam Style overtook it on November 24.
It has taken PSY, 34, just five months to reach the one billion milestone.
A spokesman for Google said Gangnam Style is viewed between seven million and 10 million times a day on average.
Comparatively, Bieber’s Baby is viewed between 300,000 and 500,000 times per day.
A statement on YouTube’s blog said the video has been watched at least a million times in close to 75 countries respectively, making it one of the most global music sensations ever.
'Congratulations to PSY, the flash mobbers, K-Pop fans and people who love fun across the globe.
Considering the Gangnam Style dance was the number one dance-related search on YouTube this year, you better make sure you brush up on your moves before New Year’s Eve,' the statement said.
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Royal Gangnam: Team GB eventers Nicola Wilson, left, Tina Cook, centre, and the Queen's granddaughter Zara Philips performed the now famous moves on this year's Children in Need programme
High profile fans: Tennis star Novak Djokovic performs the Gangnam Style dance on court after a match in China
Friends in high places: PSY demonstrates Gangnam Style for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York
The mega hit has spawned hundreds of
parodies, with everyone from Eton students to Tesco workers uploading
their own Gangnam videos to YouTube.
Eton Style, which sees pupils from
the elite public school demonstrating PSY's trademark horseriding moves,
has been watched almost three million times.
Earlier this month Google said Gangnam Style was among its most commonly searched phrases of the year.
VIDEO: PSY's Gangnam Style has reached one billion views on YouTube
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