Gang­nam Style video hits bil­lion views

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Vi­ral star PSY has reached a new mile­stone on YouTube.

The South Korean rap­per’s video for Gang­nam Style has reached one 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 Jae­sang’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

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