Gang­nam Style loses crown as king of YouTube

See You Again

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

I joined @YouTube in 2007 hop­ing to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. Just heard about ... wow. Char­lie Puth, singer

NEW YORK — The quirky South Korean video that spawned a global dance craze and went so vi­ral it nearly broke YouTube has fi­nally been de­throned as the most watched video.

After four and a half years as YouTube’s most seen video, Gang­nam Style slipped to num­ber two, re­placed by See You Again by Wiz Khal­ifa and Char­lie Puth.

Gang­nam Style, a satir­i­cal take on the nou­veau riche res­i­dents of the Seoul district by the same name, sur­prised even its singer, Psy, with its sud­den global as­cent in 2012.

Psy, who un­til Gang­nam Style was lit­tle known out­side of South Ko­rea, found an avid fan base with the video’s eques­trian-style dance moves set to its in­fec­tious pop beat.

The video be­came the first to reach 1 bil­lion views on YouTube and caused the site’s engi­neers to scram­ble to make changes when it topped 2.1 bil­lion views, pre­vi­ously thought to be the max­i­mum pos­si­ble.

As of early Tues­day, Gang­nam Style had 2.895 bil­lion views on YouTube, a notch un­der See You Again, which was fea­tured in the 2015 ac­tion movie Fu­ri­ous 7.

See You Again in­ter­sperses scenes from the film with Wiz Khal­ifa rap­ping and Char­lie Puth singing as they over­look a sandy coast. The song was a trib­ute to Paul Walker, an ac­tor in The Fast and Fu­ri­ous film fran­chise who died in a car wreck.

Char­lie Puth tweeted: “For the record, I joined @YouTube in 2007 hop­ing to make a video that would reach 10,000 views. Just heard about See You Again ... wow.”

But the video may al­ready have a po­ten­tial ri­val. Des­pac­ito — a Span­ish-lan­guage song by Puerto Ri­can star Luis Fonsi and rap­per Daddy Yan­kee — is the fifth most-watched on YouTube at 2.486 bil­lion views, even though it was re­leased just this year.

Once his­toric when Psy crossed the thresh­old, a to­tal of 68 clips have passed the one bil­lion view mark on YouTube, all but three of them mu­sic videos.


A diver re­moves wine bot­tles from an un­der­wa­ter trunk in the Mediter­ranean sea off Sain­tMan­drier in south­ern France. The ex­per­i­ment was con­ducted to de­ter­mine the ef­fects on the ma­tur­ing process of Ban­dol wines when stored un­der the sea for a pe­riod of 1 year.

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