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"Oppa Gangnam Style!"

There are viral videos, and then there are viral videos. Psy's "Gangnam Style" seemed to come out of nowhere just five short months ago and has rocketed the South Korean musician to worldwide stardom.
Along the way, "Gangnam Style" broke the Guinness World Record for the most liked video in YouTube history. Speaking back in late September, Guinness World Records Community Manager Dan Barrett stated, "Having been the 'Have you seen this?!' video of the last two months across the web, it's great to be able to award a record for this tremendously popular video. In years past it was unthinkable that something would be viewed a hundred million times."
Now, "Gangnam Style" has broken another record; it's become the first video in YouTube history to cross the 1 billion views threshold. The next closet video is Justin Bieber's "Baby" with just over 813 million views.

We don't know how long the Psy Train will last here in the United States, but the catchy tune and eccentric video should be enough to buy Psy a few more minutes until his 15 minutes of fame is up. With that being said, anything that knocks Justin Bieber down a notch or two can't be all bad.

Sources: YouTube, Guinness World Records

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YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By RufusM on 12/21/2012 12:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Psy made an estimated $8M USD off YouTube and iTunes revenue alone for this video, and not trying to take down the many knockoffs and re-posts helped contribute to the total revenue.

I'm not saying that ignoring copyright is the right thing in all cases, but there are many times it can help spread the word enough that it drives sales.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By arazok on 12/21/2012 1:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is a perfect example that shows the future of media is o look at the content as free.

Stop treating it as piracy, and make your money off of ads, services (iTunes etc), and concerts. Media should be free, or nominally priced.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By Theoz on 12/21/2012 1:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, not sure what country you're in, but true knock-offs and spoofs aren't copyright infringement in the US. So saying they ignored the copyright is inaccurate.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By kleinma on 12/21/2012 11:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah or South Park would have been sued off the air season 1.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By RufusM on 12/22/2012 7:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm from the US and parodies and such are allowed most definitely. Not worded well on my part. :(

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