Sunday, November 25, 2012

PSY's 'Gangnam Style' takes most-viewed YouTube video crown

South Korean rapper Psy's song "Gangnam Style" has become the most view YouTube video -- ever. As of early Saturday morning PST, the official video had over 805 million views.

It's unclear exactly how many views the popular rap song has achieved, as there are numerous clone videos on YouTube and other video streaming sites such as Vimeo, Facebook, and more. It's possible the video has passed one one billion views, all told, but we'll never know, unless some enterprising person with a lot of time on their hands figures it all out.

The song, which has spawned a growing number of spoof and tribute clips, and has even seen Psy team with Madonna on it at one of her concerts, took the crown away from pop singer Justin Bieber's "Baby," which currently has over 803 million views.

Psy, nee Park Jae-sang, has become an international sensation since the release of "Gangnam Style" release in July of this year. The dance moves from the video have been adopted by luminaries such as Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who called the song "a force for world peace".

In addition, on Oct. 23, Psy met Ban Ki-moon at United Nations Headquarters. There, the U.N. Secretary-General expressed his desire to work with Psy because of the rapper's "unlimited global reach."

The "horse-riding" dance from "Gangnam Style" has become one of 2012's pop cultured phenomenons. We'll see how long it lasts, though. Does anyone remember the "Macarena?"

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