Gangnam Style makes YouTube history

Gangnam Style has made history by being the first ever video on YouTube to reach billion views.

South Korean rapper Park Jae-Sang also known as Psy. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - South Korean rapper Psy's infectious viral hit song, Gangnam Style, made history on Friday as the first ever video on YouTube to reach one billion views, adding yet another record to the song's juggernaut journey into mainstream pop.

The song, first posted on YouTube on 15 July, clocked the one billion milestone at 10:50am and YouTube marked the occasion with a dancing Psy doodle next to their logo.

The song also became YouTube's most watched video last month, overtaking Justin Bieber's "Baby" video, which previously held the title.

"I didn't even imagine Gangnam Style would get one million views, let alone one billion views! Is this the Tru-PSY show?" the rapper said in a statement.

This has been a whirlwind year for rapper Psy, 34, who is the first Korean pop (or K-pop) artist to achieve mainstream success in the U.S. after Gangnam Style, named after the affluent Gangnam District in Seoul, captured viewers' attention.

The rapper recently performed for President Barack Obama, met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and won the best video award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November.

The video shows the outlandishly dressed Psy rap in Korean while performing an invisible horse-riding dance, which has become a pop culture trend, spurring many copycat and parody videos.

The popularity of the song has sparked growing international interest in Asian pop music, throwing a spotlight on the K-pop industry, which now aims to follow Psy into mainstream Western pop music.