FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, South Korean entertainer PSY, left, performs the song "Gangnam Style" during halftime of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, in Toronto. Viral star PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube. The South Korean rapper’s video for “Gangnam Style” has reached 1 billion views, the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service. PSY passed 1 billion Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, and was already approaching 400,000 more views by mid-morning. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)
Friday, December 21, 2012 11:57 am
PSY's 'Gangnam Style' reaches 1B views on YouTube
The Associated Press
The South Korean rapper's video for "Gangnam Style" has reached 1 billion views, according to YouTube's own counter. It's the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service owned by Google Inc.
It shows the enduring popularity of the self-deprecating video that features Park Jae-sang's giddy up-style dance moves. The video has been available on YouTube since July 15, averaging more than 200 million views per month.
Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" held the previous YouTube record at more than 800 million views.
PSY wasn't just popular on YouTube, either. Earlier this month Google announced "Gangnam Style" was the second highest trending search of 2012 behind Whitney Houston, who passed away in February.