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PSY conquers PSY as 'Gentleman' overtakes 'Gangnam Style' on YouTube

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Congratulations, PSY: You can officially consider yourself a two-hit wonder.

It took nearly two months for the South Korean rapper’s breakthrough single, “Gangnam Style,” to garner 100 million views on YouTube. His follow-up, “Gentleman,” achieved the same feat in just four days — and a mere week after its YouTube debut, the second video has risen to the top of the video sharing site’s most-viewed chart. In second place? “Gangnam Style,” naturally.

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PSY's 'Gentleman' video passes 100 million views on its fourth day

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Around this time last year, PSY was strictly a Korean concern. No more: the international sensation now has another viral hit on his hands with the “Gentleman” video, which has amassed more than 100 million views on only its fourth day on YouTube.

The fast success of “Gentleman,” which was released on Saturday, far outstrips the initial performance of “Gangnam Style,” which hit YouTube on July 15 of last year and didn’t pass the 100-million mark until Sept. 4. And while it’s been panned by many critics, “Gentleman” seems to be fairly well-liked: the video’s YouTube page has more than a million thumbs-ups from viewers, while the number of thumbs-downs had yet to top 200,000 at the time of this post.

The new clip, Reuters reports, racked up more than 20 million hits in the 24 hours following its release — unprecedented for a music video. (Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” for comparison, held the previous record by earning 8 million views on the day of its debut.)

Of course, “Gentleman” still has a long way to go before it can overtake “Gangnam Style,” which famously became the first YouTube video to surpass a billion views last December. In fact, that number has since risen above the 1.5 billion mark, giving it a secure lead as YouTube’s most-viewed video of all time. Yet “Gentleman” still has a chance: A Wall Street Journal analysis predicts that the new video has a fair shot at reaching the one-billion milestone even faster than “Gangnam Style” did.

But those two songs aren’t PSY’s only online hits. On YouTube’s chart of its most-viewed videos, PSY’s collaboration with fellow K-pop star HyunA ranks at No. 19 with more than 330 million views. The man, it seems, is on a roll.

So since everybody else is doing it, why don’t you give in and be the 100,000,001st person to view PSY’s “Gentleman” video, conveniently embedded below? Come on, you know you want to:

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Will 'One Pound Fish' be the new 'Gangnam Style'?

Between Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving,” Double Take’s “Hot Problems,” and Gnesa’s “Wilder,” 2012 gave us no shortage of awesomely terrible Auto-Tune extravaganzas.

It’s rare that these YouTube novelties ever transcend the punchline status, but PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday” have both demonstrated that viral exposure can turn a song into a legitimate mainstream hit  — whether you like it or not.

Now, it appears that a track called “One Pound Fish” by Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a Pakistani fishmonger living in Britain, is vying to become the latest international phenomenon.

Earlier in 2012, Nazir, who’s now popularly known as the £1 Fish Man, created a simple street-side song in order to attract customers to his stand in the Queens Market in London. When a bystander filmed Nazir singing his ditty in April, he experienced a small taste of internet fame after the video went viral.

Warner Music quickly moved in and offered Nazir the chance to record a techno-version of the song and shoot a snazzy/chintzy music video, which places him in front of scantily-dressed Bollywood-style dancers.

Surprisingly (or not), it’s already earned over 12 million views in less than four weeks: READ FULL STORY

PSY's 'Gangnam Style' becomes first YouTube video to earn a billion views

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PSY can now make the same claim McDonald’s does: Over a billion served.

That’s because PSY, that Korean Big Mac of a sensation, has seen his “Gangnam Style” video pass the one-billion mark in YouTube views, becoming the first video to ever reach that milestone. The clip, which the K-pop star posted in June, rakes in seven million views a day on average, according to Google (which owns YouTube).

For some perspective, consider the fact that PSY’s number of YouTube views — which YouTube currently clocks at 1,000,382,639 – is approximately one-seventh of the total world population. Of course, that doesn’t mean that many individual people have actually seen the video; no doubt, at least 750 million of those views come from haggard music bloggers embedding the clip countless times into posts like this one.

Still, it’s quite an achievement for the once-obscure Korean rapper. One expert told the BBC that he “reckons” PSY’s earned “something like $8 million” this year on the power of the “Gangnam Style” video alone.

Help PSY reach a trillion views by giving the clip another play with the video below:

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'Gangnam Style' becomes most-watched video on YouTube -- ever

We know that some of you want to use that invisible lasso to yank him off the Internet, but PSY’s popularity shows no signs of relenting. Today, the South Korean rapper’s novelty hit, “Gangnam Style,”  earned the honor of becoming YouTube’s most watched video of all time, according to the YouTube Trends blog.

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Madonna and PSY mash up 'Gangnam Style,' 'Give It 2 Me' live -- VIDEO

Nobody is safe from “Gangnam Style.” Not Hugh Jackman, not Jar Jar Binks, not you.

And not Madonna, either. Her Madgesty, ever keen on remaining relevant, teamed up with PSY at a live concert to perform the unstoppable “Gangnam Style” song-and-dance routine on stage. The twist? She blended it in with her own (if less popular) single “Give It 2 Me.”

Take a look at the clip below:

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'Gangnam Style' finally gets the acoustic, a cappella covers it deserves -- VIDEOS

If you took a peek at yesterday’s sound-free edition of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” but found it too arty for your tastes, perhaps one of these two new choices will better suit you.

That’s right, the K-Pop sensation is now reaching its viral peak, inspiring new sub-memes nearly every day of the week. The latest offerings include an a cappella cover from Sing Off winners Pentatonix and an acoustic rendition of the song courtesy of the “UC Berkeley Korean rock band” Ra-On.

The acoustic clip features Jaydee Min and Elle Kim sharing vocal duties while Michael Jun handles the guitar.

Check it out in the video below:

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PSY's 'Gangnam Style' is now the No. 2 song in the country

Hey, sexy ladies, it looks like we have a new “Macarena” on our hands.

Korean rapper PSY became a viral sensation with his ridiculous(ly awesome) video for “Gangnam Style,” which has already been viewed 285 million times since July. This week, the song jumped from No. 11 to No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. It’s now perilously close to being the most popular song in the U.S. Is that something we’re all on board with? I’m just wondering.

“Gangnam Style” was downloaded 301,000 times (a 69 percent increase) last week, and it shifted from a canter to a gallop at radio, too. Thanks to its novelty appeal and dance-friendly, LMFAO-esque sound, the song increased 79 percent and jumped 68-34 on the Radio Songs chart. It’s not showing signs of slowing down. READ FULL STORY

Psy's 'Gangnam Style': The social commentary behind the viral hit

South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” video has more than 200 million YouTube views and counting, and it’s easy to see why. No Korean language skills are needed to enjoy the chubby, massively entertaining performer’s crazy horse-riding dance, the song’s addictive chorus and the video’s exquisitely odd series of misadventures.

Beneath the antic, funny surface of his world-conquering song, however, is a sharp social commentary about the country’s newly rich and Gangnam, the affluent district where many of them live. Gangnam is only a small slice of Seoul, but it inspires a complicated mixture of desire, envy and bitterness.

Here’s a look at the meaning of “Gangnam Style” — and at the man and neighborhood behind the sensation: READ FULL STORY

It was inevitable: The 'Gangnam Style' lip-dubs begin, with U.S. Navy midshipmen -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, and the Today show crew have all gotten down with PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” so why not Navy midshipmen? Or the Oregon Duck? Or Deadpool?

After a summer chockablock with “Call Me Maybe” lip-dubs, it’s inevitable that the latest viral music sensation would get the same treatment. An added bonus: No pretense to matching the lyrics necessary!

Check them out below, and behold the pop-culture meat grinder at its finest:  READ FULL STORY

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