Gangnam Style hits over A BILLION views on youtube

By on January 4, 2013
PSY in March 2012, during a press conference for the television show Superstar K4

On December 21, 2012, at around 15:50 UTC, PSY music video for “Gangnam Style” exceeded 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to ever do so in the website’s history. As at today, the january 1st, 2013, the video already added another 100 million to the 1 billion views.

Park Jae-sang (born December 31, 1977 in Seoul, South Korea), better known by his stage name PSY (Korean: 싸이, IPA: [s͈ai]; English: /ˈsaɪ/ sy), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer. PSY is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single “Gangnam Style.” The song’s refrain “Oppan Gangnam Style” (translated as “Big brother is Gangnam style”, with PSY referring to himself) was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotes of 2012.

On October 23, 2012, PSY met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters where Ban expressed his desire to work with the singer because of his “unlimited global reach”. PSY was subsequently recognized by the media as the “King of YouTube”. In December 2012, MTV noted PSY’s rise from little-known to “global superstar”, and, for being first in the YouTube-era to secure a place in pop culture history, hailed the singer as the “Viral Star of 2012”. On December 31, 2012, Psy performed in a globally televised New Year’s Eve celebration with American rap-artist MC Hammer on-stage in front of a live audience of over 1 million people in Times Square, New York City.

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  1. Lavern Lowthorp

    May 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Psy likened the Gangnam District to Beverly Hills, California, and said in an interview that he intended in a twisted sense of humour by claiming himself to be “Gangnam Style” when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class.-‘

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