PSY's 'Gangnam Style' becomes first YouTube video to hit 1 billion
PSY can now make the same claim McDonald’s does: Over a billion served.
That’s because PSY, that Korean Big Mac of a sensation, has seen his “Gangnam Style” video pass the one-billion mark in YouTube views, becoming the first video to ever reach that milestone. The clip, which the K-pop star posted in June, rakes in seven million views a day on average, according to Google (which owns YouTube).
For some perspective, consider the fact that PSY’s number of YouTube views — which YouTube currently clocks at 1,000,382,639 — is approximately one-seventh of the total world population. Of course, that doesn’t mean that many individual people have actually seen the video; no doubt, at least 750 million of those views come from haggard music bloggers embedding the clip countless times into posts like this one.
Still, it’s quite an achievement for the once-obscure Korean rapper. One expert told the BBC that he “reckons” PSY’s earned “something like $8 million” this year on the power of the “Gangnam Style” video alone.
Help PSY reach a trillion views by giving the clip another play with the video below:
And while we’re at it, let’s also take a moment to remember the former most-watched video on YouTube — Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which fell to second place in late November.