South Korean singer Psy’s global megahit Gangnam Style topped 3 billion views on YouTube . The single was released in July 2012, unleashing worldwide interest in Korea, from its music and fashion to tourism and food.
Gangnam Style was viewed more than 500 million times within 100 days of its release. Major international media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC and ABC spotlighted Psy’s “horse dance” as a worldwide sensation.
Psy became the first Korean artist to reach the top spot on the iTunes music video chart, as well as to receive the best video award at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards and the New Media Award at the 2012 American Music Awards.
Psy’s other songs were also popular online. Gentleman, released in 2013, reached 1.1 billion views, while Daddy and Hangover topped 300 million views on YouTube each. - The Korea Herald/Asia News Network