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PSY's 'Gangnam Style' becomes first YouTube video to earn a billion views

Psy Gangnam Style

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0&w=510

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kffacxfA7G4&w=510

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Originally posted December 21 2012 — 11:42 AM EST

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