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Gangnam Style is First Video in History to Hit 1 Billion Views

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Not Android related, but it’s worth mentioning that Gangnam Style is the first video in history to hit 1 billion views on YouTube. Not 1 million or 500 million – 1 billion. The previous record holder was Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which as you can see from the chart above, can’t even compare to what Tim’s boy PSY was able to accomplish. In 5 months, this video hit 1 billion, while it took Bieber over two years to crack the 750 million mark. That’s nuts.

I don’t know if we should be ashamed as a society or pat ourselves on the back. Either way, here is the video one more time. 


Via:  YouTube Blog

  • DedHead

    Make it 1,000,000,001. I feel like I need a shower.

  • TSY

    Technically we should be ashamed. The video was made to how ridiculous we have become. I think it failed miserably and became what it originally shunned.

  • Sean Rowe

    That guy is VERY anti-american, yet we make him an American celebrity/idol…smh

  • Jim McClain

    i’m sorry but ya cant not love that video lol , the hot strawberry blonde girl is a huge superstar in Korea

  • Berto2k

    Wow, some of the comments on here are about as arrogant, ignorant, and show as much bigotry as ones on just about any youtube video. Get over yourselves. PSY isn’t going away anytime soon.

  • AE35

    On an up note, 6 billion of the earth’s population haven’t seen it.

  • MikeSaver

    Not even lying. I’ve never seen this video, nor do I know what it is. What is it?

  • If you go to the actual Youtube site, the counter has a dancing PSY next to it.


  • reconrhino

    This is very sad seeing..”Gangman Style” Was quoted saying in Korea. ” That he wish’s all american military and their families should DIE slowly and painfully”. And American’s support him because of his catchy tune.

    • Danrarbc

      No, that was another song in response to the death of two girls. Kanye West has said stupid things too.

      • reconrhino

        no you are inaccurate. This did come out of his mouth!!!

        • Danrarbc

          Psy is the artist, Gangnam Style is this song. He does other songs. One of those is the one featuring those comments.

          • USKillers

            Anyone who disagrees with PSY on his comments is a moron.

    • Thomas Kim

      Here we go again…

  • Craig

    I didn’t even know what Gangnam was and now I wish that I still didn’t. After watching this all one can conclude is that society is becoming dumber by the minute.

    • Berto2k

      so you clearly didn’t even take 30 seconds to look up what the song was about. the song/video is making fun of a specific part of South Korea and the lifestyle. lots of references that you wouldn’t get unless you took a few seconds to look up the background to the video.

    • Thomas Kim

      So you’re saying that this song, which was meant to be “classy, but cheesy” (as Psy said), makes people more idiotic than they were before?
      That’s hypocritical, Craig.

  • and I am not one of them… great success. This clown spews anti-american rhetoric in quite a few songs and we gobble it right up and make him a sensation….gotta love ‘Murrica.

  • MKader17

    Oh no… Here comes the end of the world….


    • Aaron

      Did Nostradamus really write that? Scary stuff. lol

      • Danrarbc

        No he didn’t.

        • Aaron

          Woulda been funnier if he had. Oh well. Half way through the day and no apocalypse…yet.


    This guy is an anti-American piece of garbage. I’m sorry Droid-Life, I’m a fan of your site, but I whole-heartily disagree with bringing any American press to this piece of crap. Anyone who calls for the death of our our military personel should be banished from our society.
    -Adam Campbell

    • Danrarbc

      So what about the president that would send ACTUALLY them to their death for no reason?

      • Thomas Kim


      • DMBatCOFC

        Oh, you mean sending troops to war? Like we’ve been doing since the inception of this great nation? Presidents, including Obama and Bush, don’t wake up and say “I want American troops to die a slow painful deaths.” You sirs, completely missed my point and somehow turned it into a political subject. The EXACT reason why the current state of this country is in ruins.

  • Danrarbc

    The collective wasted bandwidth is what will rip this planet apart.

  • Eric

    Why was this worth mentioning???

    • Berto2k

      internet history/milestone?

  • Go Hawkeyes

    I caved. I finally watched the video. After months of people talking about it and my teenage daughter obsessing about how “awesome” the dance moves are, I can honestly say, without a doubt, that I 100%…




    want the 4 minutes of my life back.

  • PhoenixPath

    Guys, this is not factually correct.

    It may be the first “single” upload of a video to be viewed, but I *GUARANTEE* a certain video by Rick Astley has garnered far more views on YouTube in it’s various postings.

    Of course, you’ll all want a citation, so I’ll link this video expose’ that describes the specifics in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    • Aaron

      You got me! Rick Rolled again. Still better than Gangnam Style.

      • JoshGroff

        Hell, I might click the link just because it’s catchy.

        • Aaron

          Yeah I saw it coming.:)

      • PhoenixPath

        Well, that didn’t take long at all.

        But why’d you have to give it away? So many others could have enjoyed it… 😉

        • Aaron

          I had suspicions about what it was, but I would actually be curious to know the numbers. And compared to Gangnam, I might just watch it again. 🙂

          • Greg

            got me. i love getting rick rolled, that hot blonde…

          • PhoenixPath

            Only thing I can find is the wiki which states a survey from April ’08 at 15 million views or some such.

            Can’t be anywhere near correct…. 😛

          • Droidzilla

            They can’t count all of the Rick Roll videos out there, so it’s probably impossible to tally.

  • 2012. When mediocrity ruled the world.

  • moelsen8

    ashamed, definitely.

  • grigg

    “Not Android related”

    Stopped reading there.

    • Droidzilla

      And started commenting.

      • Go Hawkeyes

        Give him some credit, that’s more reading than most people do before they comment.

        • Droidzilla

          Heck, here is good ol’ ‘Murica that’s more reading than many do before the eighth grade!

  • Aaron

    We should be ashamed as a society, Kellen. I thought the crap produced and called entertainment in this country was bad. But now we are importing worse garbage from other countries. First Beiber, and now this. Can’t wait for the Gangnam Style Dubstep remix…

    • PC_Tool

      A society that is ashamed of being entertained is not a society I want to be a part of.

      • Aaron

        I get your point, but really, this ranks right up there with Jersey Shore and Honey Boo Boo. At what point is entertainment doing more harm than good? I think the Mayans had it wrong. The world isn’t ending, just good taste. A de-evolution of society, if you will. Where even reality is scripted, and people listen to music in a language they don’t even understand (at least for America’s part) and call it good. And if I was that little boy that Psy spit on, I’d be pissed. He must have did it because the boys moves were better.

        • PhoenixPath

          If you are going to start ranking entertainment, you’re missing the point entirely. Different folks find different things amusing. I love Monty Python…wife doesn’t get it…at all (and they’ve done worse than spit on kids…)

          Heck, most comedy is insulting to one group or another…

          As for appreciating music in another language one does not know, we have a fine tradition of that known as Opera. 😀

          • Aaron

            I get that people listen to opera without knowing the words, but opera (not my thing, btw) has a melodic quality, singing and music. Psy is a rapper, and rap, by its very nature, is about the words (rap is also not really my thing). Rap without understanding is just some guy speaking with music in the background. And Psy’s music is just techno house music. Not really comparable to classical opera.

            I’m not trying to be the thought police, and so long as your thing isn’t illegal, watch or listen to what you like. But stuff like this is leading to the dumbing down of our society, just like Honey Boo Boo. If you ever get a chance, watch Idiocracy. I think society would collapse before getting that bad, but I think it shows some real and disturbing trends in current day society, especially in America. We’re more worried about boner pills and hair loss than we are global warming. We’re more concerned with Snooki and J-Wow than we are human rights in China.

            And as for comedy, I like Monty Python. The Holy Grail is one of my all time favorites. But I get why your wife doesn’t get it. British humor kinda grows on you.

          • PhoenixPath

            “British humor kinda grows on you.”

            …the same could be said for anything, including rap music. (and I guarantee you that it will be used at sporting events, solely for it’s music)

            I’ve seen idiocracy. I see it as nothing more than an extension of the fantasies of the elitists who have always believed the rest of humanity is stupid, helpless, and bound for destruction unless they help us. It’s good for making us feel superior….that’s about it.

            We’re well into subjectivity and personal preference now, and about to run into an infinite loop back to the top here…maybe it’s best if we just agree to disagree?

          • Danrarbc

            If I was a baseball player my walkup music would be Never Gonna Give You Up. Rick Rolling the fans every time at bat.

          • Aaron


        • For one, music is the universal language. It’s why we can enjoy music in all different sorts of languages. As for this song, I agree that our tastes have gone awry and I’m not sure how or if we’ll ever get back to what used to be entertaining. But entertainment evolves, we’ve obviously changed as a people over the last 100 years. I mean, my father loved Johnny Carson, and yet I think his shows are boring a cheesy, so just within one generation there’s a total shift in what is considered entertainment. Music seems a bit different though, I love classic 60’s rock, like my father, and we both don’t understand how any music made today can be appreciated at all, but there are obviously people who do. So I don’t know that there’s an explanation, but it’s happening whether we think it’s ridiculous or not.

          • Aaron

            Throw in some 70’s rock and some 80’s metal and I’m right there with you.

        • Ibrick

          I don’t think anyone is listening to this song because it’s good. In fact, the complete opposite. It’s so bad, and so ridiculous, that’s it’s entertaining.
          Kind of like that one guy from American Idol a few years back. It’ll die off, just as quick as it grew.

  • Stevedub40

    I’m gonna go with greatly ashamed 🙁

  • SchwannyT

    Holy Crap I better get on this. I don’t want to be the “Last One” to see it!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Wow! That is just incredible. Such a catchy song and video. If there was one video in the history of YouTube to reach this APOCALYPTIC MILESTONE, I am glad GANGNAM STYLE got it! HELL yeah!

    Or am I?! I’m not really sure anymore.

  • john

    if this isn’t enought to unite korea, then send an atomic bomb there americans please, i’m begging you.

    • Aaron

      This is the stuff N Korea is resisting.

      • Droidzilla

        Well, this and electricity.

        • Danrarbc

          And logic, reason and sanity.

  • not vieawable in Germany – FU, GEMA 😀

  • mfzero

    Ashamed, very ashamed.

  • Alan

    That many people like an Anti-American who called for the deaths of American soldiers’ families, wow. Granted the soldiers themselves weren’t properly tried for what they did but their families had nothing to do with it.

    • Joe Paul


    • wat

      1 billion people worldwide….many of whom aren’t american

      • SchwannyT

        Wait there are people OUTSIDE the US? I thought they were all blood sucking, vampire ghosts? 😉

      • Adams

        Still a good chunk of Americans.

    • What

      [Citation needed]

      • Aaron


        But apparently Barrack was cool with it. He still let Psy perform at the White House.:(

        • Droidzilla

          Yeah, that was a major fail. The President’s politics aside, it’s been freaking amateur hour for etiquette at the White House under Obama’s administration. Kind of embarrassing. Clinton had many of the same policies, yet he didn’t do gaffs like this administration (though he did have that whole Lewinsky bit; I guess that could be considered a gaff).

          • Aaron

            Yeah, politics aside, this guy shouldn’t have been welcome. I’m sure he’s sorry for what he said now, and I believe in forgiveness. But South Korea wouldn’t even be a country if it weren’t for the US Armed Forces. And he should have to face some consequences for his words, not get invited to dinner with the POTUS.

          • blegh

            “But South Korea wouldn’t even be a country if it weren’t for the US Armed Forces”

            LOL.. is that why the US is still under British Colonial rule?.. what a joke.

          • Aaron

            How is the US still under British Colonial rule? Was that supposed to be a joke?

            And you can’t seriously say the world would be better off without the US Military. Yes, there have been missteps, and yes, sometimes people, including civilians, have been hurt. But on the whole, the US Military has been and is a force for good in the world. No US in WWII, Nazis rules the world, no US during the Cold War era and the world is ruled by communist. Men and women have given their lives so that you have the freedom to be a tool on the internet. Show some respect.

          • Many of the soldiers are good, but the wars, many if not most have been illegal, and have actually been globalist imperialist invasions of countries for resources and destruction of peoples based on pretexts. This country has been taken over and still so many don’t see that.

          • Aaron

            Forgive my tone before, but your comments, like Psy’s, came off as a slight against the soldiers. Though the motivations of our politicians may not have always been noble, I stand by my statement. South Korea is better off today, as an independent nation, than it would be under the rule of North Korea. Years from now we may look back and say Iraq is a better place for our efforts, but only time will tell. Either way, the US has done more good than harm, and you can call us imperialist if you like. Better us than Nazi imperialism, communist imperialism, or even Muslim imperialism. And I do not apologize for not being politically correct. “Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” – Charlton Heston

          • I’m not a cheerleader for any party or person. Almost all of these people in government are corrupt and have sold us out with things like NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, and the Patriot Act. Like with everything under the sun, in most cases it’s a mixed bag. When America is good, it’s very good, when it’s bad, it’s bad. I don’t blindly support the military either. As a former GOPer I USED to believe Iraq was a right war, but after having done research, I no longer believe that. It was about a globalist take over of resources, using a pretext to go into that nation to kill people and ransack their home. It’s happened over and over again. If you look up the history our shadow government has had with false flag operations I think it might raise the hair on your neck how many people we’ve murdered, raped, pillaged just to horde what they have. Fast and Furious was a big wake up call I think to conservatives as to the extent of evil our government is capable of via false flags.

            Military suicides are sky high as never before because most of them know this and feel terrible for what they are being commanded to do. Many don’t know they don’t have to follow illegal orders. Many in military are good people, same with our polices forces. Most of them are awake and know what’s going on. But there are some of those who blindly follow orders, and will be willing to do what happened in Katrina, kicking peoples doors down for their guns, even being willing to shoot US citizens in order to do so.

            At it’s face you’d think so, but not really. If you look it up we actually funded Hitler, both sides of every war since like the 1930s on to make sure we could profit from them no matter what. We then had the brilliant idea to bring Nazi scientists and personnel here, and this corruption has infiltrated every aspect of our infrastructure over time. Millions dead in abortion, millions dead in illegal wars, millions dead via false flag operations, terrorism plots our own FBI are responsible for etc. The middle class is going away and the disparity of wealth is at it’s highest ever. We’re the ones creating terrorists and Muslim extremists. The strategy is all about divide and conquer.

            Couldn’t care less about being politically correct or getting the favor of anyone in any party. I’m just laying out facts I’ve discovered, but I guarantee that if you look these things up you will be absolutely stunned. This is coming from intelligent highly educated people from every political persuasion too, via independent news, not our propaganda media who’s news is filtered via the White House. If you’re interested in looking into this, check out a documentary like End Game. Naomi Wolfs lecture concerning her book The End of America is great, news sites like RT, infowars, and many other independent news sites doing journalism still are good to check out.

          • ds

            Hmm, you probably don’t know both Korea is victim of US – Soviet power game.. otherwise, it would’ve been one country. What US Armed forces had done was good with politics aside, but the politic also created the series of underlying hatred.. Do you think US armed forces only did good things all along while they are based there?

            US wanted to be there to have control over Pacific and without S Korea, there is no ally. Well, but I rather hope artists put the politics aside.

    • J. Gilbertson

      Left field much? What in the world are you referencing to compare to this video?

      • Joe Bob

        It’s okay that you don’t read entertainment news. It’s usually about who the celebs are dating anyway.

    • Alan


      In response to 2 Korean girls getting run overed and killed by 2 soldiers who were not properly tried by the Korean justice system, Psy sang an anit-American song with the lyrics:
      ” Kill those f–ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives and those who ordered them to torture”
      “Kill them all slowly and painfully,” as well as “daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers.”

      Psy should have called for a proper trial in Korean not more innocent deaths.

      • PhoenixPath


        …because no-one ever lets their emotions get the best of them…


        (I also notice you left out the fact he apologized…very publicly.)

        • JoshGroff

          I know right, music is all about expressing emotion. People need to understand that.

          • PC_Tool

            I don’t think anyone said it was right to do…Hence the apology. 😉

        • Guy

          The only reason he apologized is that he saw the $ signs going down. Plus he never said he was wrong.

          • PhoenixPath

            He apologized because he was going to be performing at the white-house and felt it was necessary.

            And last I checked, people don’t generally apologize for being right…

            So how much do you think he made by losing half his audience?

          • Jeff

            It was solely the money. He saw his US gigs and income going down so he issues a fake apology 8 years later.

          • PhoenixPath

            “He saw his US gigs and income going down ”

            …so I am still wondering how apologizing for something no-one in the US even knew he had done won him any more US gigs or fans…

            …8 years later.

            I’m also curious how you know it was “fake”….

          • Gonzalez

            He apologized because his soldier and their family killing song was getting viral in that past 1-2 months. So it was definitely going to affect his career in the US. Yes, not many knew about it before then but now they do, he apologizes solely for damage control. His apology didn’t retract anything.

      • Hector

        What a half-assed apology. I’ll never support someone who called for my death. Especially if their “apology” doesn’t even retract it.

        • MKader17

          So you were one of the soldiers, or one of their immediate family?

          • Jose

            The lyrics Psy sang directed his threats to most of the US soldiers not just the 2 in question and in turn their families. Hector probably has a family member in the military.

      • Brian

        Is anyone even going to mention that the performance in which he sang this song at, was with someone else who had wrote the song? The lyrics weren’t his, he was just performing with the people who did write the song? Regardless it’s wrong. I agree. He apologized. I’m pretty sure an American would say something stupid if Korean soldiers ran over two US girls and weren’t tried properly… Just saying…

        • Joe

          He chose to sing those lyrics. That makes it his words also. It came out of his mouth.

          His apology was crap and was only made in an attempt to keep making his money. The only remorse Psy had was that the money in his bank account might go down.

      • AmendFIRSTment

        When some people from the middle east used Planes full of innocent people to Destroy the Twin Towers, and thus, killing more innocent people… How many American’s said “kill those f–ing sand ni–ers, as well as their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-laws and fathers’??
        Ya… Anger, Ignorance, Vengeance, and expression is not unique to Korea.

        • Jose

          Those people who you talk about are also on the same level as Psy.

          Many probably don’t support those people who said that. I sure don’t and they should be reprimanded for it also. Whoever thinks killing is the solution should not be rewarded and that includes Psy and any other people like him.

          For someone in Psy’s position to be part of such a concert it was not just spur of the moment emotion. He took the time to schedule his part in it. Chose the lyrics to sing. Went on stage and sang them. There was plenty of time to contemplate what he was doing and saying.

    • Droidzilla

      In fairness, about 80% of the music industry is full of anti-American assholes.

      • Jimmy Park

        Well, Psy took it a little too far.

        • Droidzilla

          Fair enough, and true enough.

      • JoshGroff

        80% is a large number, and anti-American, not so much. Anti war or political maybe, but anti-America?

        • Droidzilla

          Just my opinion based on what I’ve seen. No, being anti-war is not anti-American, but this has been going on for far, far longer than the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. In my opinion, the wars just gave many entertainers an excuse to flaunt their antipathy for the US in a way that’s more socially acceptable.

        • If they are flashing the 1 lum1 n4 t1 crap symbolism like a K 3 sh4 would as seen in her latest Die Young video theyre pro globalist, and if they’re pro globalist they’re not only anti american, they’re anti humanity as well.

    • Oh who cares I give him credit for sticking up for his own nation. We as Americans are assholes sometimes and deserve the hate we get.

      Ironically there is more anti-american hate from our own American artists . . .

      • Joe

        How many of them call for the deaths of innocent people like Psy did?

        • Not sure what happened to my other comment but let me repeat/paraphrase:

          There are hundreds if not thousands of American songs that speak of killing innocent people. More recently “Pumped Up Kicks” which ironically was supposed to raise awareness about gun control. Even though now it’s banned by most outlets. There was “**** the Police” by NRA. Numerous songs I can’t name in the 60’s and 70’s. Heck i’m sure the KKK has their own hate songs. What people need to realize is culturally Asia is going through it’s own rebellious 60’s and 70’s right now.

          Also the kill the whole family thing is taken out of context. In Asia it’s almost traditional to destroy an entire generation, sometimes multiple, for a heinous crime. It’s almost acceptable and still practiced in the underworld and more traditional areas. It’s a cultural thing that us sheltered Americans would never fully understand. Doesn’t make it okay but what I’m getting at is it’s more of a general saying than something to be taken so literal. The translations doesn’t do the original meaning justice.

          People need to lighten up and stop looking for reasons to hate.

          • Joseph

            What’s your point? Those people you speak are just as bad as Psy. People shouldn’t support those people and Psy. All you did was mention other people that should get admonish with Psy.

            Hate songs just not be made and sang. Period.

          • Well you asked me to name other people that did the same as Psy and I did didn’t I? Don’t back track now and say that it doesn’t matter now . . . truth of the fact is the meaning of the words themselves are taken out of context to spread hateful propaganda and you just refuse to see past it.

            You’re acting like most ignorant American’s that get butt hurt over every little thing said about us. Like we can’t do anything wrong? The reality is we are the wrong ones in most cases . . .

          • Phillip

            What are you trying to say? You defend a negative act by naming other people who do the same thing? All you’re doing is creating a list of musicians who should not be supported with Psy still being on that list.

          • It was in response to Joe asking me that Americans don’t do stuff like that and well it sure shows that we do.

            In the end we are no more right than anybody else . . .

          • apingaut

            “F-D’ah Police” was NWA. Personally I liked “Cop Killer” from Body Count better. I guess I always leaned more to rock then rap.

        • RIPBIG

          Time to get paid. Blow up like the world trade. – Biggie

    • Thomas Kim

      That was a decade ago, let it go.
      Jeez, that was probably when the war started.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    I am proud to say that I am not one of those viewers

    • Come on, his fame will be extremely short lived, but the video is at least entertaining and pretty hilarious. I never listen to this song as part of my regular rotation, but it’s fun every once in while.

      • Droidzilla

        This, basically, People watched because it’s all a bit silly and a thousand parodies were done of it. The 1,000,000,000 views are not talent driven; Psy is just the Daler Mehndi of our time (albeit with more awareness of his own ridiculousness).

        • JoshGroff

          Pork and Beans is a bit silly. >.>

    • DAVE

      Why the HELL would you down vote this. If you have managed to not watch this waste of time hats off too you. @cmalkiewicz:disqus

    • Lucky Armpit

      Same here!

    • PSYLVR

      LIES!! What have you been under a rock?

      • Nexus_FrEak

        LOL Just never clicked play!

        • Aaron

          Don’t. You can’t unsee it.

    • We must be under the same rock. Is your whole family there too?

    • Radgatt

      I just looked at it for the first time. Never seen it before I read this article.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      I wasn’t either until today. I caved. I commented earlier that I want that 4 minutes of my life back.

  • droidify

    I’m a little ashamed

  • Who’s Justin Bieber?

    • Droidzilla

      He’s a crime fighting beaver.

  • SirSoloDolo

    If the world ended, I’m glad beiber wasn’t number one

    • leenephi

      Yeah, I’d sooo intensely much rather go down doing the horse dance.

      • Butters619

        I sure as hell would.

        Oppa Fackwors Style

      • dress classy dance cheesy

      • michael arazan

        Should take a page out of the Mayans handbook and make a Blood Sacrifice of Beiber to appease the Gods

    • EvanTheGamer

      I am 100% glad you said that, and I 1,000,000,000 times agree with your comment. Yes sir!


    • Danrarbc


    • Danrarbc

      You can say that again. Baby



      **shoots self**

    • Andrizzy

      Yeah but Apple has the biggest US market share now so its almost the same thing as Biebs being #1. The stupid iPhail is at 53% market share right now and i hear Apple is going to a 6 months release for iPhails so there won’t be a long gap between no phones. Android had a nice run with market share but now CrApple haz that one to. I hate iSheep! DroidFTW!!!