'Gangnam Style' breaks YouTube counter with over 2 billion views

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Dear readers, we'd like to apologize in advance ... because you're about to have 'Gangnam Style' stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

South Korean musician Psy shot to fame with the K-pop song "Gangnam Style" back in 2012, and it's still breaking records today. In fact, it actually managed to 'break' YouTube.

"We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY," YouTube wrote in a post on December 1st. "'Gangnam Style' has been viewed so many times we have to upgrade!"

Gizmodo explains what the site means by 'upgrade':

"The video stalled out at 2,147,483,647 views, the maximum number that can be held by a 32-bit integer slot. YouTube's developers just never expected something to get that high, just like the programmers who wrote Y2K vulnerable code never thought they'd have to worry about the year 2000."


Fuse points out that if you scroll over the view counter on the official video, the digits "spin around like a possessed slot machine." (It's pretty fun, you should try it.)



Of course this isn't the first time Psy's song has been in the news. Guinness World Records notes that the video holds tons of titles, "including Most viewed video online, Most viewed music video online, Most "liked" video online and First video to receive one billion views."

The video was also the first to hit -- and then exceed -- two billion views. Curious about how much Psy has made off his wild dance?

As of June 16th, 2014, Forbes estimated that he's earned just under $2 million from YouTube ads. The site notes that: "It should be made clear that $2 million figure mentioned above is from YouTube advertising alone. When all other revenue streams are taken into account-sales of the track on iTunes, live shows, endorsements, etc. Psy's wealth swells to somewhere between $8 million and $10 million, with almost all of it being traceable back to the silly horsey dance."

The video has inspired everything from flash-mob tributes to viral gender reveals. Check out the entire video below:



And last but not least, here are some photos of the legend himself:

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'Gangnam Style' breaks YouTube counter with over 2 billion views
Korean pop artist Park Jae Sang (C), popularly known as 'Psy', sings as he performs his 'Gangnam Style' song prior to the Italian Cup football final between AS Roma and Lazio at the Rome's Olympic stadium on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Korean pop artist Park Jae Sang, popularly known as 'Psy', sings as he performs his 'Gangnam Style' song prior to the Italian Cup football final between AS Roma and Lazio at the Rome's Olympic stadium on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Korean pop artist Park Jae Sang, popularly known as 'Psy', sings as he performs his 'Gangnam Style' song prior to the Italian Cup football final between AS Roma and Lazio at the Rome's Olympic stadium on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Korean pop artist Park Jae Sang (C), popularly known as 'Psy', sings as he performs his 'Gangnam Style' song prior to the Italian Cup football final between AS Roma and Lazio at the Rome's Olympic stadium on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
'Gangnam Style' star Psy speaks at a press conference before his concert in Seoul on April 13, 2013. Psy was set for a sell-out concert in Seoul on Saturday to unveil the all-important dance and video aimed at moulding his new single 'Gentleman' into another global hit. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
'Gangnam Style' star Psy performs during his concert 'Happening' in Seoul April 13, 2013. Psy was set for a sell-out concert in Seoul on Saturday to unveil the all-important dance and video aimed at moulding his new single 'Gentleman' into another global hit. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers perform during the concert 'Happening' by 'Gangnam Style' star Psy in Seoul April 13, 2013. Psy was set for a sell-out concert in Seoul on Saturday to unveil the all-important dance and video aimed at moulding his new single 'Gentleman' into another global hit. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Banners advertising a concert by South Korean rapper Psy are displayed outside the World Cup Stadium in Seoul on April 12, 2013, a day before the 'Gangnam Style' star's performance at the venue. 'Gangnam Style' star Psy unveiled on April 12 the follow-up to his global hit with another catchy dance tune infused with his signature self-mocking humour -- but fans had to wait for the all-important video. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean singer Psy (C) performs his hit single 'Gangnam Style' during a Chinese New Year concert at an event organised by Malaysia's ruling coalition on the northern island of Penang on February 11, 2013. Some 25 percent of Malaysia's 29 million people are ethnic Chinese and celebrate the Lunar New Year. AFP PHOTO --- MALAYSIA OUT (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean singer Psy (L) performs his hit single 'Gangnam Style' during a concert in Istanbul as part of the Istanbul Blue Night festival on February 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean singer Psy (L) performs his hit single 'Gangnam Style' during a concert in Istanbul as part of the Istanbul Blue Night festival on February 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean 'Gangnam Style' star Psy waves as he departs from Incheon International Airport for a flight to Los Angeles after taking a one-day-rest in Seoul on February 5, 2013. REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO/STARNEWS (Photo credit should read Starnews/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, South Korean musical performer Psy speaks during an interview in Los Angeles. The ubiquitous 2012 hit is one Psy knows he probably will never top, and that makes creating new music quite a challenge. “People always comparing my new thing with ‘Gangnam Style,’ which is unbeatable,” said Psy in a recent interview at YouTube Space LA. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A dancer performs South Korean singer PSY's "Gangnam Style" dance as he joins an event, hoping to bring peace to South Korea and North Korea outside the Seoul Station, South Korea Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
South Korean rapper PSY performs at his concert "Happening" in Seoul, South Korea Saturday, April 13, 2013. South Korean pop star PSY's first new single since his viral hit "Gangnam Style" is stealing attention from inter-Korean tensions. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
PSY performs "Gangnam Style" at the Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Rosemont, Illinois (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
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