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Psy appears in a still from his music video for Gangnam Style, which was uploaded to YouTube on July 15, 2012. - Provided courtesy of YG Entertainment

'Gangnam Style' video hits 1 billion YouTube views, PSY breaks world record

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12/21/2012 by Corinne Heller

The YouTube video for "Gangnam Style," the hit dance song by South Korean rapper PSY, has broken a world record to become the first clip to pass the 1 billion mark in total views.

The milestone was reached on December 20, 159 days after the clip was first uploaded on July 15, according to the official website of the Guinness World Records.

"One billion views of the catchy 4 minute, 13 second song is equivalent to 8017 years of total viewing time, or around 119 human lifetimes," the organization says.

In the "Gangnam Style" video, PSY showcases a dance move that resemble horse-riding and is seen dancing with young men and women and also appearing by himself. He dances and sings in various scenes -- in an underground parking garage, near building, inside a club, in a pool and even while sitting on a toilet.

The colorful, fast-pased clip has made PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang and whose stage name is short for "PSYcho," a global superstar.

(Check out a timeline showing 15 highlights from PSY's career and journey to international fame.)

As of Friday, December 21, the "Gangnam Style" YouTube video has been viewed more than 1,008,286,000 times.

"Honestly, when I made this video I didn't even expect 1 million views, because this is off my sixth album in Korea, so I just hoped it would be huge there," he told MTV News in an interview posted on Friday, December 21.

"I didn't even think about any other countries; I just did my job and waited and watched. And, you know, today, I'm still wondering and analyzing its success. Because I've done this thing many times, this dance, this album, this video ... this one just became something else entirely," he said.

The clip had in November been named YouTube's most viewed video, a record previously held by Justin Bieber, who also rose to fame as a YouTube star. He remains in second place with his and Lucaris' clip for his song "Baby." It has been viewed more than 813.5 million times.

Two months earlier, the music video for "Gangnam Style" broke a world record to become the "most liked" video on YouTube. PSY picked up his Guinness Book of World Records certificate in November.

Despite his newfound fame, PSY stirred controversy earlier this month after reports surfaced online about his past performance of a 2004 song that contains a line about killing "Yankees" "slowly and painfully," which he had given at a concert in Seoul during the war in Iraq after a Korean missionary was decapitated by Islamic militants in Iraq.

It was also revealed that in 2002, he had smashed a model of a U.S. tank during a gig. PSY issued a apologetic statement regarding the incidents.

The video for "Gangnam Style" can be seen below.

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