“Gangnam Style” Fever!
Woohoo! Hello Kpoppers. I’m Akmalya is here, coming back to SuMandu, The Kpop Guru. Yahoo! I miss all of you so much. No kidding! I miss your comments here. Every single day at university, while finishing my tons of assignments, I’ve to say that it’s hard for me to neglect this blog. Although people around me tend to think I’m weird because I follow up any Kpop updates (I currently studying at Salford University, taking Applied Physics), but yea, Kpop is my guilty pleasure! Anybody here in the same boat?
Wanna share with all of you about a story of “Gangnam Style Fever” that happen in my university recently. One day, I’m on my way to the library, with a friend. We walked, then we met one of our lecturer, Mr. A (due to security, I keep his name as a secret). We smiled to him and he said “Hello!” to us. He’s known as his joker/humorous/funny personality among us. Then, I heard another lecturer yelled at him, “Hey Mr. A, how to do ‘Oppa Gangnam Style’?”. Guess what Mr. A react to? He’s doing the horse dancing of “Gangnam Style”! Woah! It’s hard to believe. My friend asked me, “What is he doing?”. I’m just smiling, and we continue our mission to library.
Some information I get about “Gangnam Style” by Korean rapper, Psy. Currently, Psy’s music video for “Gangnam Style” has received over 90 million views on YouTube. Statistics from YouTube reveal that the music video has been viewed by people from all over the globe. Yesterday, “Gangnam Style” easily passed 89 million views and surpassed the record of Girls’ Generation’s (SNSD) music video of “Gee.” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has officially become the most famous K-Pop hit song in the history of K-Pop.
From countless different nations around the world, parodies of “Gangnam Style” is continuously being uploaded and global stars like Britney Spears and Katy Perry have expressed their interest in Psy. Psy even travelled to the United States recently to meet with the representatives of Justine Bieber for a discussion of a collaboration project. If Psy were to debut in the United States, how will the people respond? By interviewing people in New York, the popularity of “Gangnam Style” was analyzed.
There is a big difference in the popularity of K-Pop and the popularity of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” A second generation Korean explained, “Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ is popular among people who are interested in K-Pop and people who take a lot of interest in internet contents. People who don’t really stay up-to-date with the current hot topics in the internet are not aware of ‘Gangnam Style’. Regardless, whenever I show the music video to my foreign friends, they all respond with comments like ‘It’s so funny’ and ‘It’s really entertaining.’”