Psy's colossal hit single has racked up over 2.1 billion views, forcing Google to work on an upgrade to YouTube to keep track of viewing figures.
After Kim Kardashian’s nude photo session, it seems that the internet has been broken again. Quite literally, this time: the music video for ‘Gangnam Style’ has broken YouTube’s view counter.
South Korean musician Psy released the single in July 2012 and, powered by YouTube, it rapidly conquered the world with its signature dance routine, racking up hundreds of millions of views. It was such a cultural phenomenon that world leaders and politicians were perfectly happy to make fools of themselves copying the dance, and it became the first video to exceed one billion views.
Psy's 'Gangnam Style' has exceeded YouTube's view counter maximum after 2 and a half years
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Both Snoop Dogg and Psy have drawn criticism from fans for a multitude of reasons, here are just a few of them:
In one of the oddest collaborations since Nelly gave country artist Tim Mcgraw a call and asked to bring his Louisiana drawl to the R&B track “Over And Over”, Snoop Dogg has teamed up with South Korean viral success Psy to unleash the track “Hangover” upon the world. It’s not the first time the G-funk master has produced a piece of work with an artist from disparate corners of the music world. He has previously teamed up with Miley Cyrus for the track “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” during the rapper’s ill-conceived stint as adopting the Rastafarian lifestyle under the moniker of Snoop Lion.
Snoop Dogg and Psy's collaboration has been widely attacked by both of their respective fans.
Debuting in the US on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the video attained over 3.5 million views in 24 hours and currently boasts viewing figures of almost 25 million. But such figures are small fry for K-pop megastar Psy, who has become the first artist to break the 2 billion mark on Youtube. The video itself depicts Snoop and Psy trying various purported South Korean cures for the after effects of excessive inebriation, as well as their clips from their hedonistic exploits from the day before. As for the music itself, it contains all the tropes of Psy’s previous opus- blaring synthesizers and a skewed chorus hook designed to burrow into your brain and resolutely refuse to leave.
'The Fox (What Does It Say)' came out on top, with the video site taking in multiple factors to determine the defining video of 2013.
Taking into account views, shares, searches, likes and the number of positive comments attained by the most popular viral videos of the year, YouTube have compiled their list of the best videos of 2013. Taking all this into account, the online video giants have determined the video of the year, with the list including funny, shocking and some down right strange clips.
Bard Ylvisaker and Vegard Ylvisaker were the novelty hit of the year as Ylvis
We may have all gotten over it now, but the furore surrounding Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis when they released 'The Fox (What Does It Say)' held out long enough to ensure that they easily walked away with the top ranking video of the year. The novelty hit was shared across the web and has managed to amass more than 275 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube in September.
Continue reading: Norwegians Take Top Billing As YouTube Reveal Top Videos Of 2013
On Sunday, 3 November, the internet's brightest viral music videos will be celebrated for the first time
The YouTube Music Awards will celebrate the achievements made online by both well-known and some more obscure (outside the world of viral videos) musicians for the first time this Sunday (3 Oct.) and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to make sure that the awards show starts with a bang. In fact, the awards show will be so extravagant that the man in charge of bringing it to life - Spike Jonze - doesn't even know what to expect.
Spike Jonze (L) and Jason Schwartzman (R) are in control of the night in their respective roles
Jonze, the director of countless award-winning music videos such as Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and 'Sabotage' by The Beastie Boys, has been brought in as creative director of the event, tasked with making the awards show one to remember and one to challenge the established musical showcases, such as the MTV VMAs. Alongside fellow music video veteran Chris Milk and executive producers Vice Media and Sunset Lane Entertainment, Jonze isn't planning on making a showcase that can be easily compared to the VMAs or the Billboard Awards, for example, as they are going for a completely unique take on the tried and tested music awards ceremony.
Psy loves vodka. We know that.
Psy may appear the cartoonish pop hero of 2012, though it seems the 'Gangnam Style' singer has a vice just like anybody else: drinking, specifically.
His YouTube channel hit three billion views earlier this month, though it appears Psy is not immune to the pressures of success.
During a candid interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, the singer admitted that vodka is his "best friend."
Continue reading: Psy: "If I'm Sad, I'm Drinking. If It's Raining, I'm Drinking"
'Gangnam Style' K-Pop superstar, Psy, has said he'd be up for a musical collaboration with Queen's guitarist Brian May.
Speaking in an interview with Radio 1's Scott Mills, Psy revealed he'd set up a brunch-date with the fuzzy haired guitarist, who played alongside Freddie Mercury in the 70s/80s rock band, Queen.
Describing himself as a "really huge fan" of Queen, Psy revealed he was going to have brunch with May yesterday (11th June).
When asked if the pair were meeting with a view to working together, Psy - real name Park Jae-sang - said "Seems like it. I don't know, I'm just going to eat tomorrow, but I'm super excited. The band was an inspiration to me since I was 14 or 15 until now."
Continue reading: Radio Ga-Gangnam: Psy And Queen's Brian May To Collaborate?
German model Heidi Klum has live modelling show results interrupted by unwanted topless guests.
Heidi Klum was mobbed by equal rights protestors bearing Heidi Hate messages across their naked torsos during a crucial moment on 'Germany's Next Top Model' yesterday (May 31st 2013).
The supermodel was about to name the winner of the modelling competition on live television when two topless female demonstrators for FEMEN burst onto the stage to shout at her with the angry message on their chests reading 'Heidi Horror Picture Show'. The organisation they were rallying for was a Ukrainian group who regularly coordinate naked and topless campaigns in defence of equality between men and women. Though the incident was cut from the live recording, Heidi kept her cool and quipped to the audience, 'I have just been seeing boobies in front of me. Too bad it happened at this special moment!'
The protestors seemed to be the only ones who disliked Heidi, however, with 'Gangnam Style' rapper Psy Tweeting a picture of the two of them with the caption: '[Heidi Klum] stoped by my green room and said "ThankU psy". She's so beautiful & nice at the same time!! #Unfair lol'. Heidi also Tweeted a photo of herself and Bruno Mars saying, 'Thank you for a great performance on my show last night in Germany [Bruno Mars] You are a really cool dude!'
Continue reading: Heidi Klum Mobbed By Half-Nude Women's Rights Demonstrators
"Are you a fat, Asian man wearing sunglasses and a tuxedo? You must be Psy then" - Cannes Festival organisers
A man who looks slightly similar to Psy decided to don his fanciest tuxedo and most outlandish sunglasses to see if he could blag his way into the Cannes Film Festival this week. As ridiculous as that sounds, the man's plan worked like a charm, with the impostor Psy managing to blag his way into some of the glitziest events in the South of France and even managed to walk away with all manner of free gifts from companies looking to get their name out.
Although it sounds as though the story was taken straight from The Onion, the only reason the fake Psy was found out about was because the real South Korea K-Pop star caught wind of the impostor and alerted the press via his Twitter account. The real Psy, who is currently in Singapore, took to his Twitter page on Wednesday (May 22) to call out the fake Psy, writing; "seems like there's another ME at cannes...say Hi to him @scooterbraun lol #PSYinSINGAPORE."
What is particularly funny about this story, bar the fact that a man talked his way into Cannes, is that the impostor genuinely looks nothing like Psy. Still, that didn't stop the wannabe 'Gangnam Style' singer from mixing with the stars and posing for photos with fans, with just about everybody getting duped by the fake Psy. Even Skyfall actress Naomie Harris Tweeted a picture of herself with 'non-Psy' at a party on Tuesday (May 21), with many others falling for the act and posting pictures of the impostor online too. We're not sure if people were just being polite or stupid, but how a man whose only resemblance to Psy is his girth and ethnicity managed to fool so many people is beyond us.
Psy's appearance at Cannes appears to be that of a doppelgänger as he reveals he was away in Singapore.
It looks like Psy has a mimic, with the South Korean rapper denying his alleged apperance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival despite there being several photos of the star apparently showing his face.
The South Korean star has an ample fanbase after the video for his track 'Gangnam Style' went viral, earning it the title of most viewed video on YouTube and the first to reach 1 billion views. It's no surprise then that people are after a slice of his global glory as one look-a-like decided to use his appearance to blag his way on to the red carpet alongside an entourage of fake security. Nobody seemed to suspect a thing and many fans and fellow celebrities stopped to have their photo taken with him.
However, when the star took to Twitter, there was to be a lot of red faces of those who had let themselves be duped: 'seems like there's another ME at cannes...say Hi to him @scooterbraun lol #PSYinSINGAPORE', he wrote to his followers revealing that he was, in fact, pretty much on the other side of the world. He later revealed that his manager Scooter Braun was not fooled, posting a snap of the imposter with the caption: 'Here the picture of #fakePSYinCannes spotted by @scooterbraun!! Lol #realPSYinSingapore'. Awkward!
Continue reading: Will The Real Psy Please Stand Up? Fraud Exposed At Cannes! [Pictures]