“Gangnam Style”, the music video by Psy from South Korea, has become the first YouTube video to surpass one billion views. The video, which was uploaded to the video sharing website on July 15 2012, beat 2 year old music video “Baby”, by Justin Bieber.

With more than 6.1 million likes, Guinness World Records has recognised “Gangnam Style” as being the most liked YouTube video ever; it also has over 449,000 dislikes. ‘officialpsy’, the YouTube channel upon which the video was uploaded, now has in excess of 2.1 million subscribers and has achieved over 1.4 billion video views overall.

According to Google, the company which owns YouTube, the video has attracted between seven and ten million daily views on average since being uploaded to the site.

“Gangnam Style” has inspired countless parody versions, prompting UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph to suggest it was “the most parodied video ever”.  Numerous prominent figures , including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and Google chairman Eric Schmidt have attempted to imitate the “Gangnam Style” dance which involves crossing one’s wrists over each other and motioning as if “you’re riding an invisible horse in your lower body,” Park Jae-Sang explained.

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