November 26, 2012 09:37
Psy's "Gangnam Style" has usurped Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most-viewed video in the history of YouTube, drawing 806 million hits as of Sunday compared to 804 million for Bieber's song.
"Baby" needed 33 months to pass the 800-million mark after the music video was posted on YouTube on Feb. 19, 2010, but it took Psy's catchy hit just four months to achieve the milestone.
It first appeared on the video-sharing site on July 15 and shot past the 10-milllion mark in just over two weeks on Aug. 2. It had attracted 100 million views by Sept. 4, 500 million by Oct. 20 and 700 million by Nov. 11.
Psy's achievement is all the more significant given that "Gangnam Style" was released only in digital format and on YouTube. In contrast, four of the top five most-viewed music videos on YouTube, including those by Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Eminem, took advantage of the global distribution channels of major record labels.
In early September, "Gangnam Style" was named the most "liked" music video in the history of the same website by Guinness World Records.
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