Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ surpasses 4.4 billion views on YouTube

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This image provided by P Nation on Friday is meant to celebrate the music video for “Gangnam Style” surpassing 4.4 billion views on YouTube. (P-Nation)

“Gangnam Style,” a 2012 global sensation from South Korean singer-rapper Psy, hit another milestone on Friday as the song’s popularity has continued for more than a decade.

The music video for the song topped 4.4 billion streams on YouTube on Thursday, the singer’s management agency P Nation said the next day.

The feat was achieved three months after the video reached 4.3 billion views.

Unveiled in July 2012, the lead track from Psy’s sixth album became a global sensation as its comedic music video and the singer’s trademark horse dance went viral.

The song made him the first K-pop act to peak at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 lead singles chart. Psi spent a total of seven weeks in the position.

Its music video became the first video to exceed YouTube’s view limit when it surpassed 2 billion views in May 2014, prompting the service to upgrade its counter. The video then surpassed 3 billion in November 2017 and 4 billion in March last year.

Besides “Gangnam Style”, Psy has a strong presence on YouTube with the videos for “Gentleman” and “Oppa is Just My Style”, attracting over 1.4 billion and 800 million views respectively. Another of his hit singles, “Hangover”, has garnered over 300 million streams.

Psy is set to return to the music scene with its first release in five years on Friday.

“Psy 9th,” his ninth full-length album, is a 12-track set led by “That That.” Suga, a member of K-pop supergroup BTS, participated in the production of the song as co-producer and featured artist. He also appeared in the music video for the song, according to the agency. (Yonhap)

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