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Adele's 'Hello' fastest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 20:09:36-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele has outpaced Psy on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube.

The streaming service says the music video for "Hello" greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record previously held by Psy's "Gangnam Style."

YouTube says 17 videos have reached 1 billion views.

Other music videos in the billionaire club include Maroon 5's "Sugar," Major Lazer's "Lean On," OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," LMFAO's "Party Rock" and Sia's "Chandelier."

YouTube says the feat is still rare, but newer music videos such as Katy Perry's "Roar" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" reached it at a faster pace than older ones like Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie."

"Hello" spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.