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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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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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Psy's anti-American song surfaced just in time for his performance for Obama: Watch it here

Man, Carly Rae Jepsen never gave us this much trouble.

As we noted last week, K-Pop sensation PSY got into some hot water when word broke out that he once rapped about “killing Yankees…slowly and painfully” in a years-old anti-American rap called “Dear America.” He promptly issued an apology for his role in the song, which CNN reports was originally written by a South Korean group called N.E.X.T.

But that didn’t stop the “Gangnam Style” star from showing up in our nation’s capital last night for the annual “Christmas in Washington” concert, despite the wishes of those who signed this invalid petition. With President Obama in attendance, a sequin-spangled Psy took the stage and wisely opted to played it safe by performing “Gangnam Style” for his prestigious audience.

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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

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