The video for “Gangnam Style,” the 2012 viral song that made Korean rapper Psy a global star, has achieved another world record by garnering 2 billion views on YouTube.
It has also amassed 8.3 million likes and 5.18 million comments as of this writing.
The milestone was reached on May 31, a year and 10 months after it was uploaded on YouTube in July 2012.
“Gangnam Style” is the title track of Psy’s album “Psy 6 Part 1″ which was released on July 15, 2012. The quirky music video became viral after several international celebrities took notice.
American rapper T-Pain took to Twitter to comment how “amazing” it is. Singer Josh Groban, on the other hand, tweeted, “It’s a Gangnam Style world, we’re just living in it.”
Guinness World Records declared “Gangnam Style” the most liked video in YouTube history in September 2012. It reached 100 million views on YouTube the same month.
The song spawned parodies, with other artists, including Grammy winner Nelly Furtado, performing their own version of it.
In October 2012, “Gangnam Style” climbed to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed on the spot for weeks.
The same month, its music video earned 500 million views on YouTube. Psy then graced the cover of Billboard magazine.
The following month, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism bestowed on Psy the Order of Cultural Merit for his contribution to spreading hallyu or Korean Wave.
“Gangnam Style” became the third bestselling single in the world in 2012 with 9.7 million copies sold, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
It also won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2012, New Media at the American Music Awards, and Song of the Year and Best Video at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2012.
Last year, it won the Music Video of the Year and International Song of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards in France and Digital Daesang at the Golden Disk Awards held in Malaysia.
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‘Gangnam Style’ reaches 2-billion views milestone