Despite not being particularly good or talented musically, Korean songster Psy has hit the big time with his dance music video “Gangnam Style.” How big is the big time? Turns out that the video has now become the most watched video in the history of YouTube. In order to rise to the top of the ranks, Psy had to push past another dubiously talented singer, Justin Bieber. Perhaps even more impressive than the number of times the video has been watched, is just how quickly it racked up those numbers.
YouTube (News - Alert) has been trying to become more than just a place where people can watch televisions shows and even live video. Despite their efforts, the site is still best known for videos such as the ones Psy and Bieber have put together. The Gangnam Style video was uploaded on July 15 and has 830 million views since going live. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” song video has been watched a little over 803 million times, but that particular video was also uploaded in 2010.
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As far as setting records, Psy’s hit song already became the most “liked” video on YouTube in September and has since crested the two million mark when it comes to likes. Justin Bieber is actually ranked third in that particular category, coming in behind LMFAO’s video for “Party Rock Anthem” which has a little over 1.6 million likes at the present time.
When Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, found out about his record setting YouTube video he was quick to celebrate on Twitter (News - Alert), tweeting "#GangnamStyle just became the most watched video @YouTube!" "#History." It seems likely that the man’s success, seemingly built almost entirely from that YouTube video, could mean even more wannabe stars using the venue to try and launch their own careers.
Edited by Brooke Neuman