'Gangnam' Style earned USD 8 million for YouTube: Google

Gangnam Style

Google has said that the YouTube page showcasing the "Gangnam Style" video by South Korean rapper Psy has reaped more than USD 8 million in ad revenue.

Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora yesterday revealed the figure while discussing the money-making potential of YouTube during a quarterly earnings call with financial analysts.

Ad revenue from popular YouTube videos is shared with creators of the content. In December, "Gangnam Style" became the first video to break a billion views on YouTube, marking a historic milestone on the Internet.

A counter on the YouTube page showed that the music video has been watched more than 1.23 billion times since it was uploaded in July of last year.

Kevin Allocca, YouTube's trends manager, attributed Psy's success "to the universal appeal of catchy music and, er, great equine dance moves".

"Gangnam" is estimated to have earned the rapper millions more from digital downloads advertising deals and on-demand services. The song which refers to a trendy Seoul district spawned a mini tribute video industry, complete with copycats. The quirky star, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, won adulation in his homeland for the global hit and was awarded one of South Korea's highest cultural honours, the Okgwan

Order of Cultural Merit

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