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Monday 15 September 2014

PSY's Gangnam Style is most watched YouTube video of all time

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: South Korean rapper Psy performs on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on September 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: South Korean rapper Psy performs on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on September 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

PSY's Gangnam Style has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time.

YouTube said in a posting on its Trends blog that Gangnam Style had been viewed 805 million times, surpassing Justin Bieber's Baby, which has had 803 million views.

The blog says the "velocity of popularity for PSY's outlandish video is unprecedented".

PSY's video featuring his horse-riding dance was posted on YouTube in July, while Baby was uploaded in February 2010.

PSY's video has become a global sensation, with many people around the world mimicking his Gangnam Style dance.

In their October meeting, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean, joked that he had to relinquish his title as "the most famous Korean" and tried a few of PSY's dance moves.

Psy, real name Park Jae Sang, is the latest export from South Korea's K-Pop (or Korean Pop) culture, whose usual exponents come in the form of auto-tuned, implausibly attractive girl and boy bands.

Their videos regularly go viral among millions of teenagers at home and abroad, but Psy – a portly, thirtysomething rapper with a penchant for bow ties – has eclipsed them all, to the surprise and delight of K-pop's ex-pat fans.

Gangnam – a wealthy district of the South Korean capital, Seoul – is home to the rich and privileged children of corporate millionaires.

So while fans love the kitsch video and Psy's "riding an invisible horse" dance, the song could, in fact, be a send-up of the rampant materialism of the Korean upper classes.

Spin-off version starring Hyun-A from K-Pop group 4Minute

Mash-up

Michael Simmons has mashed up Carly Rae Jepsen’s 'Call Me Maybe' with 'Gangnam Style'.

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