‘Gang­nam’ de­throned as top YouTube video

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“Gang­nam Style,” 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 late Mon­day 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 one 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 yes­ter­day US time, “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.

Psy’s tri­umph was all the more strik­ing due to the over­whelm­ing dom­i­nance of English-lan­guage music on global charts. In a new ex­am­ple, “Des­pac­ito” - a Span­ish-lan­guage reg­gae­ton song by Puerto Ri­can star Luis Fonsi and rap­per Daddy Yan­kee-has reigned for nine weeks at the top of the US Bill­board sin­gles chart. The “Des­pac­ito” video is al­ready 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. — AFP


NEW YORK: This file photo taken on Dec 31, 2015 shows singers Wiz Khal­ifa (right) and Char­lie Puth per­form­ing dur­ing a New Year’s Eve event in Times Square.

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