Gangnam Style loses crown to Furious 7 track as YouTube’s most popular video

Gangnam Style was the first video on YouTube to reach one billion views, and forced the video-sharing website to rewrite its code in 2014. (Courtesy YouTube)
Updated 12 July 2017

Gangnam Style loses crown to Furious 7 track as YouTube’s most popular video

DUBAI: Move over Psy, the internet now has a new favorite YouTube video.

The Korean artist’s Gangnam Style has been knocked off the top spot by artists Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth with their song See You Again, which was part of the soundtrack of the 2015 action movie Furious 7.

The track was commissioned to pay tribute to the late actor Paul Walker — who played Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious film franchise — after he died in a November 2013 car accident during a break in filming for Furious 7.

The See You music video had reached 2,905,521,145 views at the time of writing, compared with Gangnam Style’s total plays of 2,896,921,704.

Psy’s music video, released in 2012, was the first on YouTube to reach one billion views, and forced the video-sharing website to rewrite its code in 2014 to cope with demand.

Gangnam Style gained fame for its upbeat tempo and outrageous dance routines, and the Korean-language video has become one most parodied songs on YouTube channels.

Psy had earlier said that his success with Gangnam Style was an “accident”.

“Gangnam Style' was not normal,” he said in 2013. “Gangnam was not standard - that was an accident and accidents don't happen often.”

His follow up videos Gentleman, released in 2013, and Daddy, released in 2015, did not gain similar traction to that of Gangnam Style, although they still recorded 1,092,029,766 and 284,391,474 views, respectively, as of writing.

Watch the two videos below:


TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

Updated 22 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

  • Lira has lost half its value since 2017
  • Poll finds more than 80% would not invest in falling currency

DUBAI: The Turkish lira has plummeted 22 percent this year, but an Arab News Twitter poll found that most people still don’t have the confidence to invest in the tumbling currency.

About 18 percent of the 1,438 respondents said that a weak lira was worth investing in, while nearly 82 percent said the risk was too great.

Traders will buy currency when it is weak, but tend to only do so if there is confidence that it will eventually climb back up in value – thus making a profit.

The lira – already impacted by the coronavirus and President Recep Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership – has suffered increased problems as he printed more money to bolster spending, but instead his plan led to a further devaluation.

Turkey and Erdogan are facing widespread condemnation for their foreign policy, which has seen the country intrude into Greek-claimed waters and interference in Libya and Syria.

There is also growing concern of civil unrest inside the country.

On Monday the currency reached record lows, touching 7.6 against the US dollar – it has lost half its value since the end of 2017.