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The 21st of December 2012 was supposed to mark the end of the world according to the Mayans but the Mayans were seemingly dead wrong. However, one earth shattering thing did occur on the momentous day. Psy Gagnam Style music video has passed one billion views today breaking all Youtube records ever set.

"Psy's success is a great testament to the universal appeal of catchy music -- and er, great equine dance moves," Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, said in a blog post. "In the past, music distribution was mostly regional. It was more difficult to learn about great artists from around the world. But with a global platform at their fingertips, people are now discovering and sharing amazing music from all over the planet."

Below are some things you probably didn't know about Psy Gagnam style:

Psy was already big in Korea, but in 2012, he became a global celeb as "Gangnam Style" quickly spread from Seoul and the pacific to North America, South America, and Europe. It's been seen at least 1 million times in close to 75 countries, making it one of the most global music sensations ever!



From a one-thousand person flash mob in Jakarta to cover videos from Ai Weiwei and Mitt Romney, hundreds of thousands of parodies have been uploaded to YouTube, some of which have tens of millions of views. In fact, fan tributes to "Gangnam Style" are now being viewed 20 million times every single day.

Psy's own remix with Hyuna has 200 million views alone.

"Gangnam Style" was YouTube's top rising search of 2012 and on October 6th, we saw more than five million searches for "gangnam style" in a single day. Check out this video demonstrating some of our most popular YouTube searches this year.

For those interested in the business side: a number of assessments and projections have been posted claiming "Gangnam Style" has generated over $8.1 million in advertising deals, hit more than 2.9 million in song downloads since July, and achieved other incredible feats!


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Since late last month, people have clicked to buy the track on iTunes over 600,000 times helping make Psy the first Korean artist ever to rank #1 on the U.S. iTunes chart and #1 in over 30 more countries.

Psy's pre-taped performance for TNT's Christmas in Washington airs tonight at 8. Psy shook met and hands with Barack Obama at the pre-taped event at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., amid recent uproar about Psy's controversial anti-American rap.