Already the most popular video in YouTube history, Gangnam Style on Friday became the first to achieve 1 billion views on the Google-owned video-sharing site.
The official video (below) for South Korean rapper-singer PSY’s infectious, goofy-dance-driven hit was uploaded to YouTube on July 15. In just over five months, “Gangnam Style” eclipsed such YouTube mega-hits Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (currently at 813.5 million views), Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” (632.7 million views), and the venerable “Charlie Bit My Finger” (502.9 million views).
“Gangnam Style” is the lead single on PSY’s sixth K-pop album, the six-track PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1 (that’s a lot of 6’s, just to circle back on the Apocalypse thing). A companion album, PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 2, is set for release in March. For all the success of the “Gangnam Style” video, the album itself has sold less than 100,000 copies in South Korea, according to reports.
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