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“Gangnam Style” hits one billion views on YouTube

Psy's "Gangnam Style"

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has passed one billion views on YouTube. Photo by Jason DeCrow, AP.

By Allison Sylte

Maybe this is what the Mayans meant when they prophesied the 12/21/12 apocalypse.

Korean rapper PSY’s ubiquitous “Gangnam Style” video hit the one billion pageview mark on YouTube today, becoming the first ever to hold that distinction.

“PSY’s success is a great testament to the universal appeal of catchy music — and er, great equine dance moves,” YouTube said in a statement. “In the past, music distribution was mostly regional. It was more difficult to learn about great artists from around the world. But with a global platform at their fingertips, people are now discovering and sharing amazing music from all over the planet, by artists like Brazilian Michel Telo and Belgian-Australian Gotye.”

In November, “Gangnam Style” usurped the title of the most-viewed YouTube video from Justin Bieber’s equally apocalyptic music video “Baby (Featuring Ludacris).”

According to some reports, PSY has earned up to $8 million this year from the success of “Gangnam Style” alone — which is definitely enough money to buy a real horse.

This year’s other most popular videos include a five person duet to “Somebody that I Used to Know,” that KONY 2012 video and Justin Bieber’s “Call Me Maybe” parody.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and new contributor to Reverb.

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