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K-Pop YouTube Views Triple in Past Year Thanks to ‘Gangnam Style’

YouTube views of Korean artists have surged in the year since “Gangnam Style” debuted last July, the video-streaming service announced Monday.

Data compiled by YouTube indicates that videos featuring K-pop — short for “Korean pop” — have tripled. The graph, below, shows a large spike in views after “Gangnam Style” was posted online. It also reveals a smaller — though still sizeable — jump after Psy released his follow-up, “Gentleman,” in April. Boasting more than 1.7 billion views, “Gangnam Style” holds the title of most-viewed YouTube video of all time; the electronic-dance song hit 1 billion views last December. For its part, “Gentleman” has an impressive 481 million views.

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A year before “Gangnam Style” hit the web, official music videos from K-pop singers were seen more than 2.2 billion times worldwide. From 2012 to 2013, however, viewership increased to more than 7 billion views, YouTube announced in a blog post.

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Interestingly, YouTube notes that less than half the viewership on popular K-pop channels took place outside the Asia-Pacific region from 2011 to 2012; but during this past year, the majority of views — 91% — were from outside that area. Specifically in the U.S., views of K-pop artist doubled the year after “Gangnam Style”‘s release.

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In its blog post, YouTube also lists the top 10 music videos from South Korea since Psy’s first smash single. Check them out in the playlist, below.

Have you watched any K-pop videos on YouTube? If so, which ones are your favorite? Tell us in the comments.

Credit: Mashable

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