Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?

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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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  • wolfieland
    wolfielandWednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:09 am
    haha the first vid was amazing and the second vid is awesome to!
    • coolvae
      coolvaeThursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:48 am
      I do a difrent kind of dance... pop lock!
    • panda_power
      panda_powerThursday, July 23, 2020 at 9:07 am
      COOL
      • teagytornado101
        teagytornado101Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:28 am
        Omg the second video XD! They did an amazing job!
        • leiker1414
          leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12:02 pm
          I know all the words in that song!!
          • leiker1414
            leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm
            How did they come up with the song gangnam style
            • leiker1414
              leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:57 am
              I wonder if there all friends.
              • leiker1414
                leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:50 am
                Did they plan this all out of something!!!!! Cause of they did that cool. But if they just did that without planing it. That impressive!.!.!.!.! Is that on guy sitting in the chair and throws it. The head of the people in the group or something. because I do dance and they first person is the head of the group.
                • leiker1414
                  leiker1414Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:40 am
                  The first one is hilarious. The second one was impressive. Wow. I made my brother watch it and he said he wants to do it.
                  • 11008800
                    11008800Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:51 am
                    The song gets stuck in my head when I don't want it to!
                    • 11008800
                      11008800Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:50 am
                      The first one is so Funny! The second one is so cool because everyone is doing the same move at the same time.