‘What?’ I hear you say; ‘What the Hell is Gangnam Style?’ Sounds a little bit weird doesn’t it, yet this music style has taken off with bang from Korea, and has now touched down all over the world as a new phenomenon fascinating everyone.
Have a look at this video on YouTube if you haven’t seen ‘Gangnam Style’ in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 YouTube video courtesy of: officialpsy
‘Gangnam Style’ is a 2012 single released by Korean rapper PSY. It debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart, the national record chart of South Korea. The music video has been viewed over 320 million times on YouTube as of September 30, 2012. This makes ‘Gangnam Style’ Youtube’s most watched Korean pop (K-pop) video.
Even The Urban Dictionary is getting in on the act; September 12 2012 their word of the day was ‘Gangnam Style’:
Definition of ‘Gangnam Style is:
‘A Korean neologism mainly associated with upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul’s Gangnam district (강남), which is considered the most affluent part of the metropolitan area’. In colloquial usage, it is comparable to the English slang terms “swag” or “yolo”. As the saying goes; ‘Who needs food when you got Gangnam Style?’
Pic below: Caption says it all!
By early September 2012, ‘Gangnam Style” flash mobs have started to appear in various cities of the world. ‘Gangnam Style’ has become a source of parodies and reaction videos.
Korean Rapper PSY has brought the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance to various locations including; The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Dodger Stadium, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Samsung commercials. It has been shared on the Internet by numerous celebrities including T-Pain, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Tom Cruise. It has been covered by music artists such as; Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5. It has been featured in international media outlets such as; CNN International, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the global politics magazine Foreign Policy.
‘Gangnam Style’ has been praised for its catchy beat and humorous dance moves. On September 17, the song was nominated for Best Video at the upcoming 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. On September 20, 2012, ‘Gangnam Style’ was recognised by Guinness World Records as the “Most ‘Liked’ Video in YouTube History”.
Above information courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangnam_Style
What do you think of this ‘Gangnam Style’ phenomenon sweeping the globe? Does it have you dancing in your seat or bored rigid? Is it a passing phase, a one hit wonder or is it here to stay?
Put your comments below please 🙂
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