21 Dec 2012

'Gangnam Style' Crosses One Billion Views on Youtube

"Gangnam Style" has achieved yet another milestone, with the viral pop song surpassing one billion views on YouTube. The achievement comes not long after PSY’s hit picked up the Guinness World Record for the most YouTube likes, standing at 2.2 million in September— a number that has since surged to well over six million and Guinness World Record for most viewed video - surpassing Justin Bieber's Baby.

"Gangnam Style" spent 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100, reaching the No. 1 spot before even debuting on the Hot 100. The song is in its 15th week on the U.S.-based Hot 100, with 7 weeks spent in the No. 2 position, held from the throne by Maroon 5's "One More Night". For a time "Gangnam Style" was the most listened to song on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Rdio and Mog, holding the No. 1 spot on the On-Demand Songs chart for 5 weeks.

It’s remarkable to think that a single video has been viewed over one billion times by people all across the world, an achievement that’s been made possible by technology, the internet, and the power of sharing. The quirky and bizarre tone of the song certainly helped, but at the end of the day it's a testament to just how deeply technology is rooted in our culture.

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