PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Beats Out Justin Bieber ‘Baby’ For Biggest YouTube Video Ever
Korean pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style clip has broken the record for the most-watched YouTube video of all time. The video earned the distinction by garnering approximately 805 million views as of noon on Saturday, according to YouTube’s Trends blog. In just over four months since it was posted in July, Gangnam Style has surpassed the views of Justin Bieber’s Baby, which previously nabbed the record five months after its February 2010 release and now stands at some 803 million views. By the moment, PSY’s Gangnam Style has been watched 814 358 247 times!
PSY’s'Gangnam Style’ becomes the most-watched YouTube video ever!
While searches for Gangnam Style spiked in South Korea at the time it was first posted, the satire of wealthy Seoul culture began to peak in North America and Brazil in September before spiking more broadly across the world in October. The YouTube post notes:
It’s been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Each day, Gangnam Style is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times.”
The video’s viral success has surely been helped by its pioneering sexy horse dance, which has now been performed by everyone from Britney Spears to MC Hammer; Madonna even brought Psy onstage with her at Madison Square Garden to perform the song and its dance earlier this month.
The official YouTube view count for Gangnam Style represents only the figure for the original video posted to the site, but copycat versions, parodies and videos by people commenting on the song have been posted to the site and elsewhere on the Web. Counting all those different versions, Gangnam Style and its related videos have more than 2.2 billion views across the Internet, said Matt Fiorentino, spokesman for the online video tracking firm Visible Measures.
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