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'Billion Style' as Psy reaches Internet milestone

Published on Dec 22, 2012 6:03 PM
South Korean rapper Psy performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles, California in this Dec 3, 2012 file photo. Psy's infectious viral hit song, Gangnam Style, made history on Dec 21, 2012 as the first ever video on YouTube to reach 1 billion views, adding yet another record to the song's juggernaut journey into mainstream pop. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Psy hailed his ascent to "Billion Style" on Saturday, after the South Korean rapper's viral hit became the first video to break a billion views on YouTube, marking a historic milestone on the Internet.

The view counter for Gangnam Style, which was only posted on the video-sharing site July 15, clicked over into 10 figures at around 1550 GMT (11.50pm Singapore time) on Friday, as the global craze for the singer and his horse-riding dance refuses to die down.

As of 0630 GMT on Saturday the counter showed 1,010,321,921 views.

"Finally becoming #BillionStyle!!!" Psy wrote on Twitter.

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