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Psy's Gangnam Style breaks the limit of YouTube's video counter

Psy's ridiculously viral video Gangnam Style has maxed out YouTube's video counter at 2,147,483,647 views.

K-Pop star's viral video forces Google to re-jig their counter after getting 2,147,483,647 views

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' video was first posted on YouTube in July 2012. (Lee Jin-man/ Associated Press)

Fans of K-Pop star Psy, and his equestrian-inspired dance moves, have pushed YouTube's view counter past its limits by watching his video for "Gangnam Style".

The ridiculously viral hit has been viewed more than 2.14 billion times, forcing YouTube to retool its counter.

Google, which owns YouTube, confirmed the upgrade in a Google+ statement Monday. 

"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," read the post. 

"Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!"

That's more than nine quintillion, if you were wondering.

  • On mobile? Watch 'Gangnam Style' here

The South Korean pop star's surprise hit first debuted on the internet back in June 2012 and quickly racked up an impressive number of views. 

Psy also holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his "Gangnam Style" followup "Gentleman."

Canada's biggest pop export, Justin Bieber, holds the title for second most watched video on YouTube with "Baby."

Beliebers have watched the 2010 pop video more than 1.1 billion times.

  • On mobile? Watch Justin Bieber's Baby here

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