Singer PSY performs onstage during Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Charleston Alexander Diamond Importers, at The Patriot Center on December 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)more pics »
Korean pop sensation PSY
has achieved an Internet triumph no man has ever achieved before: His ridiculous and colorful video for "Gangnam Style" has been viewed more than 1 billion times on YouTube. The figure seems even more monumental when one considers that he's managed to score that many views in less than a year. Behold, the power of the pony dance!
Google reports that PSY's video sees about 7 million views a day — no small feat from a man who was a complete unknown Stateside just a few months ago. While it's highly unlikely he'll ever be able to replicate the monumental success of his viral hit, PSY has proved impressive staying power.
"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," PSY recently told MTV News.
"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."
It's unclear what PSY's plans are for the near future: "Right now, my manager says I should just go back to Korea and party, so maybe I'll listen to him."