LOS ANGELES - South Korean rap star Psy's music video "Gangnam Style" on Saturday became the most watched item on YouTube with over 800 million views, edging past Canadian teen star Justin Bieber's two-year-old video for his song "Baby."
The milestone was the latest pop culture victory for Psy, 34, a portly rap singer known for his slicked-back hair and comic dance style who has become one of the most unlikely global stars of 2012.
YouTube, in a post on its Trends blog, said "Gangnam Style" on Saturday surpassed the site's previous record holder, Bieber's 2010 music video "Baby," and by mid-day "Gangnam Style" had reached 805 million views compared to 803 million for "Baby."
"Gangnam Style" was first posted to YouTube in July. The blog said the "velocity" of the video's popularity has been unprecedented for YouTube, and that users from all over the world search the site for the words "Psy" and "Gangnam Style."