“Gangnam Style” Makes YouTube History

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean pop artist Psy and his “Gangnam Style” video marked a historic milestone Friday.

“Gangnam Style” is the first YouTube video to receive one billion views. The video was posted on the site in July.

Psy raps in Korean in the video while dancing as if he is riding an invisible horse.

Psy, who is 34, is the first Korean pop artist to receive mainstream success in the U.S.

He won the best video award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November.

Rolling Stone magazine put “Gangnam Style” at number 25 on its top 50 list of best songs for 2012 and labelled Psy as “Seoul Brother Number One.”

His rising star hit a speedbump in the U.S. last month when anti-American views he voiced a decade ago caught up with him. He apologized and went on to perform at a “Christmas in Washington” gala attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.