Justin Bieber world's first to crack legendary milestone of 500,000,000 single-video YouTube views

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

Only Rebecca Black's Friday has more dislikes than Justin Bieber's "Baby," but not even Charlie's aggressive teeth nor Gaga's overhyped pseudo-weirdness can attract more viewers than Ontario popstar Bieber. 

Definitely not his best song—I'm a sucker for "Never Say Never," myself—but the track "Baby" is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time and just last night cracked the staggering 500 million mark. 

The track isn't much more than your typical pop song, with rapper Ludacris deftly dropping a few bars in the third verse, and is accompanied by a fairly standard video that includes random bursts of choreographed dancing during a night-club-esque game of indoor bowling. But Bieber triggers the Fever, and his amazing social media reign continues. He's still the second-most liked icon on Facebook and the second-most followed person on Twitter (and the most-listed). 

With nearly a quarter-million subscribers on YouTube and being just a week or two away from cracking 1.5 billion channel views (never mind the tens of millions of views on videos not on his official account), Justin Bieber could easily retire at 17 on his share of YouTube revenue. But then we'd never get to read any more teenage memoirs or 3-D concert flicks. And that would be almost criminal.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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