Korean popstar Psy, whose Gangnam Style music video holds the distinction of being the most-viewed YouTube clip of all time with 2.9 billion total views, just surpassed another milestone: he is now the first Asian solo artist to surpass 10 million subscribers on his channel.
Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, received a Diamond Play Button from YouTube to commemorate the honor, reports The Jakarta Post. “YouTube to me has been an excellent platform and a ‘bridge,’ which has allowed me to extend my decades long singing career to foreign countries as well,” he said, adding that more videos would arrive on his channel soon.
Check out a video of the singer unboxing his Play Button and thanking fans below:
Psy surpassed 10 million subscribers on the heels of an 18-month hiatus, per the Post, and the release of his new album, 4×2=8, on May 10. Two new videos from the album, New Face and I Luv It, released two weeks ago, have clocked 36 million and 35 million views, respectively.
In addition to the Diamond Play Button for 10 million subscribers, YouTube also doles out a Gold Play Button for creators who surpass 1 million subscribers and a Silver Play Button for creators who pass 100,000 subscribers. And last December, the company sent Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg — YouTube’s most-subscribed creator of all time — a custom-made Ruby Play Button molded in the form of a ‘bro fist’, which is his channel logo.