'Gangnam Style' video passes 2 billion YouTube views
100 million people have viewed the 'Gangnam Style' video this year alone
Saturday 31 May 2014
Whether you loved it or hated it in 2012, you just could not escape it.
South Korean pop star Psy and the video for his single ‘Gangnam Style’ seemed to be everywhere after it was uploaded onto YouTube that July.
Yet, despite having been uploaded nearly two years ago, it appears people still can’t get enough of watching the suited and booted South Korean perform his unique dance moves.
On Friday, 'Gangnam Style' set the record as the first YouTube video to pass 2 billion views, just seventeen months after becoming the first video to reach 1 billion views.
The record was achieved after it was reported that 100 million people had watched the video in 2014 alone.
In a statement released by the larger-than-life singer, he said: "2 billion views...they are very honorable and very burdensome numbers.
"With appreciation, I will come back soon with more joyful contents!!"
To celebrate the occasion, developers at YouTube produced special animations of Psy carrying out his distinctive ‘Gangnam Style’ dance routine.
In November 2012, ‘Gangnam Style’ became the most viewed YouTube video in the world, when it surpassed the former holder of the crown, Justin Bieber, and his music video for 2010 hit ‘Baby.’
It now has nearly double Bieber’s tally, and 1.2 billion more views than the third-placed video, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez’s ‘On the Floor.’
This is not the only YouTube record Psy holds either.
In 2013, Psy’s follow up to 'Gangnam Style', ‘Gentleman’, received the most views for any YouTube video in one day, when it attracted 28 million viewers in its first 24 hours – it is currently ranked at 7 in the all-time most viewed YouTube videos.
While there has not been too much action from him of late, the “King of YouTube” has promised a new album this year.
And it seems as if his reign could continue.
According to reports, he has already filmed a video with rap superstar Snoop Dogg.
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