The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

Psy's Gangnam Style closes on one billion views


SEOUL (AFP) - Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was galloping towards the one-billion-view mark on YouTube on Friday, a fresh milestone in the enduring global craze for the South Korean rapper and his horse-riding dance.

As of 0600 GMT (2pm, Singapore time), the view counter attached to "Gangnam Style", which was only posted on the video-sharing site in mid-July, stood at 995.8 million and counting.

Psy has swept all before him in the past five months, hoovering up awards and scoring guest appearances with everyone from Madonna to the head of the United Nations.

The video and its singer have been given walk-on roles in major world events like the US presidential election and major maybe-events like the Mayan calendar-inspired speculation about looming global Armageddon.