“Gangnam Style” is the 18th K-pop single by the South Korean musician Psy. The song was released on July 15, 2012. On December 21, 2012, “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views. The song’s music video has been YouTube’s most watched video since November 24, 2012, when it surpassed the music video for “Baby” by Justin Bieber.
The phrase “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul. The song and its accompanying music video went viral in August 2012 and have influenced popular culture worldwide since then.
The music video for South Korean singer Psy’s Gangnam Style exceeded YouTube’s view limit, prompting the site to upgrade its counter.
YouTube said the video – its most watched ever – has been viewed more than 2,147,483,647 times. It has now changed the maximum view limit to 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.
Why was Psy nearly too much for YouTube?
YouTube’s counter previously used a 32-bit integer, which is a unit used to represent data in computer architecture. This means the maximum possible views it could count was 2,147,483,647.
On 1 December, it posted a statement saying: “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer… but that was before we met Psy.”
Google, which owns YouTube, later told that engineers “saw this coming a couple months ago and updated our systems to prepare for it”.
YouTube now uses a 64-bit integer for its video counter, which means videos have a maximum viewer count of 9.22 quintillion
How do you say 9,223,372,036,854,775,808?
Nine quintillion, two hundred and twenty-three quadrillion, three hundred and seventy-two trillion, thirty-six billion, eight hundred and fifty-four million, seven hundred and seventy-five thousand, eight hundred and eight.