There’s Kpop, there’s Kpop that makes waves, and then there’s Kpop that makes waves and gets a mention on CNN.
The artiste that we’re talking about is none other than the once underrated Psy. What, you don’t know Psy? You do know “Oppa Gangnam Style” though, right?:
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Psy (real name Park Jae-Sang) was once known as the Korean artiste who was, how do we put this, not much of a looker and was often overlooked. In fact, “overlooked” would be playing it down just a tad. The truth it, he would always get swept under the rug and be completely forgotten. The fact that he was infamously known for his “gangster” image was not helping his case.
We hear that he was also previously charged for drug usage. Tsk.
But all that came to a halt a few weeks ago when he released his now massively popular “gangnam style” video (which features HyunA from 4Minute):
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As hilarious as it may look or sound to you, that original video has received over 28 million views on YouTube. 28 million! Imagine that!
Nevermind that it went viral like going viral was easy; Psy’s video has also sparked a global series of reaction videos and spoofs, on top of receiving the Hollywood spotlight. Might we add that it got so big, it even cinched the spot #1 spot on YouTube’s monthly chart:
Make no mistake, the chart is real. Psy really did beat your mainstream superstars such as Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Lopez. No kidding.
This is the epitome of madness. Who would’ve thought that Kpop (plus awkward dance moves and some slapstick comedy) had such a great potential?
As we speak, a new version of “Oppa Gangnam Style” titled “Oppa, You’re My Style” (same song but from a woman’s perspective) is on the verge of being released. Word on the street is that the video, starring the gorgeous HyunA will be making its way into mainstream waves on the 15th August 2012.
Oh hey, that’s tomorrow! We can’t wait to see it.