“Op op op op oppan Gangnam Style …” Welcome to the PSYchotic world of Psy.
Psy’s infectious hit “Gangnam Style” about Seoul, Korea’s Gangnam district has become the most watched video on YouTube ever. The video has raked in some 806,283,968 views (and counting) since it surfaced on the site back in July. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” video, which had amassed some 803 million views after its 2010 release, had upheld the record until now.
Psy was already on track to usurping Bieber’s most-viewed record back in September, when the “Gangnam Style” video officially became the “most liked” clip on YouTube. The song became a cross-cultural phenomenon after it birthed the “horse-dance.” The dance has taken to dance floors around the world, and has been attempted by the likes of MC Hammer to Madonna, and countless others.
The South Korean rapper has become a household name and international celebrity appearing everywhere from a Saturday Night Live spoof to the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he taught the dance to fellow guest Britney Spears.
Here’s one for the Guinness World Records! [Vibe]