Bye-Bye Gangnam Style, Will We See You Again?

Gangnam Style no longer YouTube most played video

Korean Pop star Psy’s 2012 smash hit ‘Gangnam Style’ officially lost the title of YouTube’s most-watched video to Wiz Khalifa’s video for ‘See You Again,’ featuring Charlie Puth. On Tuesday morning, the Pittsburgh rapper’s 2015 single hit over 2.8 billion views, beating the five-year stretch held by the K-Pop anthem.

The new record comes merely five days before the five-year anniversary of ‘Gangnam Style’s initial release on YouTube, which replaced Justin Bieber’s most-viewed record in November of 2012. Psy’s iconic and quirky K-Pop hit was actually so popular that YouTube had to increase its counter from a 34-bit integer to a 64-bit – a drastic change to keep track of all the views the video received.

In the last year, ‘See You Again’ averaged over 3 million views per day, which even surprised Charlie Puth, as he Tweeted:

Khalifa, himself, even released a statement, thanking his fans for the love and support in allowing the YouTube video achieve record-breaking history.

‘See You Again’ was written for the soundtrack of ‘Furious 7’, and even acts as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, who passed away before the film’s release. The film was the seventh addition to the Fast & Furious franchise, which is also one of the most popular series of all time.

Daniel Mitri

Daniel Mitri is a Toronto-based writer with an interest in music, travel and food. Aside from writing, he spends most of his time playing bass guitar and frequenting 24-hour restaurants. Follow him on Twitter @MitriTweets.

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