'Gangnam Style' becomes first video to hit 1 billion YouTube views

'Gangnam Style' becomes first video to hit 1 billion YouTube views

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 05: Singer PSY performs onstage during Q102�s Jingle Ball 2012 presented by XFINITY, at Wells Fargo Center on December 5, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:51 AM

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

The South Korean rapper's video for "Gangnam Style" has reached 1 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 Jae-sang'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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