Thursday, 4 December 2014

PSY Really Did Break the Internet, or at Least YouTube, With "Gangnam Style" Video

While no nudity was involved, PSY broke the Internet too!

You may have (purposely) forgotten the 36-year-old South Korean rapper's viral K-pop hit, "Gangnam Style," as it may gotten stuck in your head one too many hundred times in the months following its release in July 2012. Well, the music video has set a YouTube record for views--a record so high that its counter appears "broken" on its home page (move your mouse's cursor over it).

"We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY," read a message posted on YouTube's Google+ page on Monday. "'Gangnam Style' has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!"

As of Wednesday, the clip has been watched more than 2.15 billion times. The first billion was recorded several months after its release, setting a Guinness World Record and beating Justin Bieber for the No. 1 spot on YouTube's most-viewed videos list. "Gangnam Style" had also broken the record to become the "most-liked" clip on YouTube, which was founded in 2005.

"Gangnam Style" made PSY a global superstar. The song has made its way into wedding dance floors and ballparks...

...a 2013 Super Bowl Wonderful Pistachios commercial...

...and has spurred a slew of parodies. Like this one.

And this one, from Jersey Shore alum Vinny Guadagnino.

PSY has performed "Gangnam Style" on a number of TV shows and specials, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show..., the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the 2012 Christmas in Washington charity concert, which was attended by U.S. President Barack Obama.

PSY has since released new music, most recently in June; he dropped the new single and music video "Hangover," featuring Snoop Dogg. The clip was been viewed more than 162 million times. "Gangnam Style" remains his biggest hit.

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