The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

Gangnam Style now second most-viewed video on YouTube


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean pop sensation Psy's Gangnam Style has become the second most-watched YouTube video of all time with nearly 620 million hits as the quirky rapper continues to take the world by storm.

The 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, rocketed to international fame after "Gangnam Style" - a techno ode to a trendy Seoul neighbourhood - become a worldwide hit following its debut in July.

The video went viral online with its goofy signature horse-riding dance, and on Friday ousted singer Jennifer Lopez's dance hit On The Floor from second place. It still trails behind Canadian teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber's Baby, which has had 790 million hits.

Mr John Hirai, head of music at YouTube's Korea-Japan branch, told a conference in Seoul that Psy would pass Bieber on YouTube's most-watched list in about a month.