Monday, 12 November 2012

Psy Takes Over the World

There is no doubt that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has taken over the world, it is a Phenomenon!  It has been topping the hit charts of every country.  Psy’s quirky dance moves and the songs upbeat music make the whole world addicted to the song.  Although the song is in Korean it is so catchy with its sing-a-long chorus making the whole world sing and dance to it.

In a span of merely few weeks, Psy (real name Park Jae-Sang), a chubby 34-year-old, made everyone a Gangnam Stylists.  South Korean singer   has become an overnight international sensation with his bizarre-but-amazing 'Gangnam Style' clip, in which he does a "horse dance" in toilets, saunas, elevators, carparks and even a horse stable.  The catchy tune, an endearing, if hopelessly draft, dance became an overnight viral sensation.  Instead of feeling aggrieved at his rapid, effortless rise, appearances on the US TV chatshow circuit and myriad copycat routines, they must thank Psybecause he shoved open the door for other Korean pop artists hoping to make it to US market as well.

Gangnam Style breaks Guiness world book of records, when this viral song smashed a world record, it became the most popular video in YouTube history.  The singer was presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records in London on Thursday for the achievement.

Singer even signed with Justine Bieber’s manager.  Racking up nearly 48 million Youtube streams Psy beats up Justine Bieber’s “As Long as You Love me”   to number 1 on the US iTunes chart, and spawning internet cover versions and flash mobs, this surprise Korean singer because he didn’t think that the song would be a smash.  English speaking listeners handled the song very passionately even though the lyrics contain only one English line “Hey, sexy lady!”

Gangnam is a hipster district in South Korea's capital city, Seoul.  Here is part of the song translated in English:  "Girls, your big brother is Gangnam Style".
A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensible girl like that

I'm a guy
A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy
Very sensible indeed, far from what the video is portraying.  Psy said that his goal in the video is to look uncool and he achieved it.  But the message is quite poetic and very sane.  Some accuse Kpop as shallow in content.  This has proved that they aren’t.  Everyone is singing and dancing to Gangnam Style like crazy.  He may achieve looking uncool but sure he is one of the hottest in the world today!

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