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Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Tops One Billion YouTube Views

K-pop hit is first video to reach that milestone

Psy performing in Miami on December 8, 2012.
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012
December 21, 2012 11:55 AM ET

Psy's "Gangnam Style" has already become YouTube's most watched video, but this morning the smash hit hit one billion views, making it the first video on the Internet to reach the marker, according to Billboard. The K-Pop smash hit has tallied up 6.5 million views a day, far surpassing the 813 million views Justin Bieber's "Baby" has accumulated. Bieber's clip gets about 300,000 views per day, meaning it won't reach a billion until late 2014.

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With a reported rate of $2 per 1,000 views on YouTube, "Gangnam Style" has generated $2,000,000 from the site alone. Psy has also pulled in nearly $4 million in digital downloads, with more than 3 million singles sold for $1.29 a pop, and $50,000 from streaming services.

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