Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?

By Meera Dolasia on September 24, 2012

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Unless you have been living with your head buried under the sand for the last few weeks, you will have heard about the Korean pop sensation Park Jae-sang or Psy, who has rocked the world with the catchy tune and wacky dance moves of his super hit song 'Gangnam Style'!

Since it's release on YouTube on July 15th, the video has been viewed over 256 million times, a number that is rapidly rising given that it currently attracts a record-breaking 10 million views a day.

What is amazing about the whole phenomenon is that Psy is not a cool-looking teenager like Justin Bieber but a chubby 34-year old. Not only that, except for a few words, the entire song is sung in Korean, which means very few people really understand the lyrics or can even hum to them - Yet, it has become an overnight sensation not just in the USA, but all around the globe ranging from Australia to Denmark, from UK to the Netherlands! In fact the song is such an epic hit that it is being compared to the all-time record-breaker - Thriller by Michael Jackson

So who is this sensation that has been signed up by none other than Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber & Carly Rae Jepsen's manager? Turns out that while he was born in South Korea he has spent many years in the USA - First as an undergraduate at Boston University and then the Berklee School of Music. Prior to his latest super hit, he has released five albums with mixed success. The big question he now faces is whether he is going to go down in the history books as a one-hit wonder or, be able to repeat this success with other, even more popular songs. But that is for the experts to ponder over - For the rest of us, it's time to 'Gangnam Style'.

Since you all have probably already watched the original video a zillion times here are a couple of parodies performed by some  wannabe K-pop stars - Students from New York's Cornell University and some ex-Presidents (sort of)! Enjoy!

Resources: Malaysia, Huffingtonpost.com,wikipedia.org,hollywoodreporterc.com

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  • tree300
    tree300Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:34 am
    this is a catchy song and the videos are cool. I really like the song, and PSY really deserves to be the owner of a awesome, cool song.
    • felicisowl
      felicisowlTuesday, April 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm
      For the people saying, "I hate this song," I'm kind of wondering why you hate it? Most people are not Korean and cannot understand the lyrics, so, do you hate the melody or the dances, etc. It's okay if you hate it because it's your opinion, but if you have time, please reply (if you hate it) and say why? From, FelicisOwl P.S. I personally think it's pretty catchy in its right, and the dance moves are definitely pretty creative. The lyrics (if you understand them) are kind of inappropriate but make a cool beat. So I guess I like it!
      • cmoo8855
        cmoo8855Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:17 am
        the song is catchy
        • felicisowl
          felicisowlSunday, April 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm
          I am South Korean and I am glad that we are making an influence in the world not just in Korea! Some examples are some musicians like AKMU and Lee Hi have made the 21 under 21 chart and PSY's success, G-Dragon and even Minho in Maze Runner! Furthermore I can understand the lyrics and they are kind of inappropriate but not too much. I have also been to Gangnam and it is nice but it is where many wealthy Koreans live. So it's basically Oppa "rich" Gangnam Style!
          • B..oBThursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:13 am
            THIS SONG IS BEAST MODE
            • B..oBThursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:13 am
              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH SO FUNNY
              • Gangnam StyleWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 11:50 am
                oppa gangnam style!
                • wildizy
                  wildizyTuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:50 am
                  this song is very catchy but just by looking at the video its a bad influins!
                  • tree300
                    tree300Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:36 am
                    then do not watch the videos; maybe other people like the videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (like me) (so u hurt my feelings and maybe PSY's feelings!!!)
                  • ghost manMonday, April 6, 2015 at 11:43 am
                    I meant I love that song it's so awesome.
                    • ghost manWednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:47 am
                      i hate that song

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