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Gangnam Style to hit a billion views, a YouTube first

Okay world prepare yourself: the apocalypse may still happen. Insanely popular Korean sensation ‘Gangnam Style’ is about to hit one billion views, which will make it the first video ever to reach such heights.

Sitting currently at over 997-million views, Google is certain it may cross one billion by the days end. The video overtook long time most popular video, Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, on Nov 24th 2012 leaving it in the dust. Not only is it the most popular YouTube video it is also one of the most searched terms in 2012.

According to Google, ‘Gangnam Style’ is viewed between 7-10-million times a day on average (Bieber’s ‘Baby’ is viewed between 300-500 000 times per day). It’s taken PSY only 5 months to reach the milestone: it’s phenomenal growth, and PSY is making a lot of money off his hit. An estimate by New York Magazine puts his current profits at US$1.7-million.

The Korean Pop song transcended boundaries and took the world by storm, inspired parodies and a new dance trend.

Maybe when the video hits a billion, it will break the internet, hence bringing on the apocalypse as we know it.

Author | Mich Atagana

Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist... More

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