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Psy Takes Number 1 Spot on YouTube

posted Saturday Nov 24, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Psy Takes Number 1 Spot on YouTube

It's official - Korean pop sensation Psy has taken the top watched video spot from Justin Bieber this week. We kind of all knew this was coming - when Gangnam Style hit 800 million views it was clear that it would not be long before it overtook "Baby", which has held the top spot for a very long time. The difference here is that Bieber has had since 2010 to reach the 806 million views he has, while Psy has managed to accomplish the same goal in only five months.

YouTube trends manager, Kevin Allocca, said,

The velocity of popularity for Psy's outlandish video is unprecedented. Each day, 'Gangnam Style' is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times.

Coverage, like ours, in addition to Psy's official tweet and YouTube's blog post about the topic certainly won't slow down that trend. In fact, ChannelMeter, a video data tracker, believes that not only will Psy own this title for a while to come, he will blow past Bieber like he was standing still. At his current rate, increased by the news of his record breaking week, they believe Gangnam Style will become the virst ever YouTube video to receive 1 billion views.

Yes, the very catchy galloping song will become the first ever 1 billion view video on YouTube. Congratulations, Internet, you win. You have officially unified the world under one song that most of the world cannot understand but a few words of.


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