He did it folks. PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video has become the first-ever music video to reach one billion views on the Internet.
Psy commented on his new achievement via Twitter. "Finally becoming #BillionStyle~!!!" he wrote.
It's an astonishing feat with the closest trailing video being Justin Bieber's "Baby" with around 814 million views. Billboard reports that ever since "Gangnam Style" surpassed Bieber's as the most-watched video on YouTube in November, the video has "sustained over 6.5 million views per day - that's 76.4 views per second." (As of October 2011, there were an estimated 7 billion people in the world.)
“PSY’s success is a great testament to the universal appeal of catchy music -- and er, great equine dance moves,” noted YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca. “In the past, music distribution was mostly regional. It was more difficult to learn about great artists from around the world. But with a global platform at their fingertips, people are now discovering and sharing amazing music from all over the planet, by artists like Brazilian Michel Teló and Belgian-Australian Gotye.”
It hasn't been all good news for the 34-year-old Korean rapper, though. Shortly after being given his new crown as YouTube's most-watched, Psy was hit with scrutiny for anti-American remarks he had made earlier in his career. The first "Gangnam Style"- related death was also reported.