PSY Dethrones Bieber on YouTube

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 25 2012 10:18 AM

Gangnam Style Is Most Watched YouTube Video of All Time

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PSY performs 'angnam Style at the MTV European Music Awards in Frankfurt

Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV

Someone has finally removed Justin Bieber from his YouTube throne. South Korean rapper PSY and his hugely popular Gangnam Style video officially surpassed Justin Bieber’s Baby over the Thanksgiving weekend, notes YouTube’s Trends blog. As of Sunday morning, Gangnam Style had more than 815 million views while Baby was a few hundred thousand short of 805 million.

Bieber’s video has been at the top since July 2010 and remains hugely popular with as many as 500,000 views a day. Yet that’s nothing compared with how quickly PSY’s video rose to the top. Lots of searches for the video were first detected in South Korea in late July until it peaked in September in North America and Brazil. Now the video is watched somewhere between 7 and 10 million times a day, according to YouTube.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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