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‘Gangnam Style’ dethroned as most-viewed video on YouTube

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, July 16, 2017 | 11:04 am
‘Gangnam Style’ dethroned as most-viewed video on YouTube

Psy on the 'Gangnam Style' music video. (YG Family/File)

Psy-nomenon seems to be finally reaching its limit – at least for its video.

After five years of maintaining the title as YouTube’s most-viewed video with more than 2.8 billion views, Gangnam Style by K-pop artist Psy has been defeated by United States rapper Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again, featuring Charlie Puth, which has been watched by over 2.9 billion viewers.

In 2012, Gangnam Style made history by becoming the first video that reached views in the billions.

“Psy’s success is a great testament to the universal appeal of catchy music and – er, great equine dance moves,” wrote YouTube on its official blog at the time.

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That year, the 39-year-old singer went global not only in South Korea, but also in North America, South America and Europe. On top of that, the remix version of the song, which was sung by both Psy and K-pop singer-songwriter HyunA, has garnered over 600 million views.

See You Again is part of the soundtrack for The Fate of the Furious, the seventh installment of the popular Fast and Furious film franchise. Played during the closing scene of the film, the song was dedicated to actor Paul Walker who passed away in a car accident in 2013, according to kompas.com.

Just six months after it was posted on YouTube in 2015, the video had reached more than 1 billion views and received three Grammy nominations.

Other videos included on YouTube's most-viewed list are Sorry by Justin Bieber, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars and Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. (wir/kes)

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