South Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" became YouTube's most-watched video of all time, registering more than 805 million views on Saturday to overtake Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber. Its views crossed 893 million by Wednesday afternoon.
YouTube said the video has "been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we've ever seen before, AFP reported.
"Each day, "Gangnam Style" is still being watched between 7 and 10 million times," Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, wrote in a blog post Saturday, compared to 350 thousand to 500 thousand for "Baby."
And where "Baby" took more than two years to register its 800 million-plus views, "Gangnam Style" reached that milestone in just over four months.
Psy's song, which refers to an upmarket neighbourhood in Seoul, has topped charts from Britain to Australia and has been name-checked by global notables including US President Barack Obama and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
It has spawned numerous tribute videos, been imitated by an impressive roster of big names, including Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, and helped the singer land a contract with Bieber's management agency.
Psy whose release name is Park Jae-Sang has won adulation in his homeland for the global hit and was this month awarded one of South Korea's highest cultural honours, the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit. nepalnews.com