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"Oppa Gangnam Style!"

There are viral videos, and then there are viral videos. Psy's "Gangnam Style" seemed to come out of nowhere just five short months ago and has rocketed the South Korean musician to worldwide stardom.
Along the way, "Gangnam Style" broke the Guinness World Record for the most liked video in YouTube history. Speaking back in late September, Guinness World Records Community Manager Dan Barrett stated, "Having been the 'Have you seen this?!' video of the last two months across the web, it's great to be able to award a record for this tremendously popular video. In years past it was unthinkable that something would be viewed a hundred million times."
Now, "Gangnam Style" has broken another record; it's become the first video in YouTube history to cross the 1 billion views threshold. The next closet video is Justin Bieber's "Baby" with just over 813 million views.

We don't know how long the Psy Train will last here in the United States, but the catchy tune and eccentric video should be enough to buy Psy a few more minutes until his 15 minutes of fame is up. With that being said, anything that knocks Justin Bieber down a notch or two can't be all bad.

Sources: YouTube, Guinness World Records

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By chromal on 12/21/2012 12:43:16 PM , Rating: 4
I played this video once, admittedly, I couldn't sit through the entire thing. Do not comprehend the popularity, but then, I don't comprehend facebook's popularity. Chalk it up to 'there's no accounting for taste' I guess.

RE: whaa
By BillyBatson on 12/21/2012 12:53:20 PM , Rating: 3
Do you like comedy shows and movies?.... If you have a sense of humor you would get the video. When I first watched it I didn't know what the song was about or who the guy was but I found it hilarious in its stupidity. There aren't a lot of funny music videos out there and not only is this funny (at least th first couple of viewings any way) but most people consider the music catchy even if they don't understand the language. I've played the video a couple of dozen times for friends of mine who hasn't heard about it at the time.
I don't understand facebooks popularity either.

RE: whaa
By EnzoFX on 12/21/2012 1:55:23 PM , Rating: 1
Funny? Sure, yeah. Catchy, same. But it still feels overrated. You'd think it were the sole greatest song ever, considering it's everywhere, or at least bigger than jesus. lol

RE: whaa
By BillyBatson on 12/21/2012 2:03:53 PM , Rating: 1
It's not about it being a great song it's many factors with the dance being one of them. After its initial popularity people were doing the dances on talk shows the news and not to mention the large public gatherings of people dancing like psy. One can argue that one would not have been popular without the other. As for the song it's just catchy and really easy to sing not requiring any vocal talent or a lot of memorization. For not understanding the majority of the words most people still think think it's a feel good "fun" song. I work at a K-12 school and the kids are always doing the dance as a fun joke in the yard and let me tell you they are even funnier doing it than psy lol

RE: whaa
By drlumen on 12/26/2012 1:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. It's not unlike the Macarena fad that some here may remember.

I'm sure there are also other songs (perhaps Monster Mash) that are similar in that the song and the dance are symbiotic.

RE: whaa
By Solandri on 12/21/2012 2:58:41 PM , Rating: 5
When I first watched it I didn't know what the song was about or who the guy was but I found it hilarious in its stupidity.

It's not really meant to be stupid, it's meant to be a parody.

Gangnam is an affluent district in Seoul. The people who live there have a reputation for showing off their wealth in extravagant and cheesy ways, in some "I'm richer than you are" contest with their neighbors. As my sister puts it, they try too hard. That's why the video is set in an affluent upper-class backdrop but does really stupid things. That's the "Gangnam style" the song is referring to - rich people doing stupid cheesy things with their wealth.

RE: whaa
By BillyBatson on 12/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: whaa
By Mitch101 on 12/21/2012 5:03:56 PM , Rating: 5
Thanks for the explanation would vote you up but your already at 5.

RE: whaa
By ssnova703 on 12/21/2012 5:55:12 PM , Rating: 1
That's what most people in America DIDN'T get at first.... Psy was just making fun of himself while having a good time, meant to be comedic, comical; a parody. Most Americans were like, "I don't get it, is he trying to be cool or something?" Whereas if you put a caucasian or black face to it, an American would be like, "hahaha, this guy knows how to have a good time on." He's been an artist for a long time, I remember hearing his songs 10 years ago, but now he's too busy doing "tours" of this silly gig that got so popular in America.

Anyways, I don't know what to take of the sensation, totally took the nation by storm, in that it was never intended to. I would've never guessed... 1st video on youtube to hit 1 billion!

RE: whaa
By Samus on 12/23/2012 2:04:20 AM , Rating: 3
I remember playing DDR like 10 years ago and there was a Psy song in it that was pretty catchy.

RE: whaa
By chemist1 on 12/21/2012 6:42:11 PM , Rating: 5
I don't believe that's precisely correct. According to what he said in an interview, PSY's target was not the denizens of Gangnam, but rather those who weren't but tried to pretend they were:
"PSY... said in an interview that he intended ... a twisted sense of humor by claiming himself to be 'Gangnam Style' when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class." [In an interview with Frances Cha of CNN, PSY said:]
"People who are actually from Gangnam never proclaim that they are—it's only the posers and wannabes that put on these airs and say that they are "Gangnam Style"—so this song is actually poking fun at those kinds of people who are trying so hard to be something that they're not."

Clearly the visuals of the song are a parody. What escapes me, however, is the connection of this parody to the lyrics, which seem just routinely pop-song-like.

The song talks about "the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild."[23]

RE: whaa
By someguy123 on 12/22/2012 12:33:07 AM , Rating: 2
Lyrics sound about right according to that explanation. He tosses money at things you'd consider part of a "rich" lifestyle, meanwhile he parades around like an idiot and sings about chasing tail.

HEEEEEEYYYYYY SEXY LADY isn't very classy.

RE: whaa
By BZDTemp on 12/22/2012 11:41:43 AM , Rating: 3
I think the lyrics are meant to be a big cliche and thus part of the parody.

PS. - check this one out Right Now :-)

RE: whaa
By BillyBatson on 12/29/2012 1:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
They reported what the song was about shortly after it's first taste of fame. I myself had ready it on Wikipedia a couple of weeks after its release your explanation didn't make any of my points invalid but confirmed them. You of course got rated up by lazy people who didn't want to look up the song meaning themselves while I got voted down for being correct :)

RE: whaa
By lennylim on 12/21/2012 5:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
I do enjoy the self deprecating humor infused through the video.

RE: whaa
By HostileEffect on 12/22/2012 5:02:06 PM , Rating: 2
This video is made out of win, no further explanation needed.

Just enjoy life and the little things that come with it. its not complicated.

RE: whaa
By phxfreddy on 12/23/12, Rating: -1
YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By RufusM on 12/21/2012 12:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
Psy made an estimated $8M USD off YouTube and iTunes revenue alone for this video, and not trying to take down the many knockoffs and re-posts helped contribute to the total revenue.

I'm not saying that ignoring copyright is the right thing in all cases, but there are many times it can help spread the word enough that it drives sales.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By arazok on 12/21/2012 1:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is a perfect example that shows the future of media is o look at the content as free.

Stop treating it as piracy, and make your money off of ads, services (iTunes etc), and concerts. Media should be free, or nominally priced.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By Theoz on 12/21/2012 1:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, not sure what country you're in, but true knock-offs and spoofs aren't copyright infringement in the US. So saying they ignored the copyright is inaccurate.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By kleinma on 12/21/2012 11:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah or South Park would have been sued off the air season 1.

RE: YouTube & iTunes Revenue
By RufusM on 12/22/2012 7:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm from the US and parodies and such are allowed most definitely. Not worded well on my part. :(

Kill all americans
By bobcpg on 12/24/2012 8:38:11 AM , Rating: 2
When I found out he sang about killing all Americans and they should die a slow painful death that did it for me. Once I was happy for him, not anymore.

RE: Kill all americans
By c4v3man on 12/25/2012 1:17:53 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was just "Kill Yankee Soldiers".

Not that it makes it any better, just didn't think it was "all americans"

RE: Kill all americans
By xthetenth on 12/26/2012 8:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
When I read that, I thought it was excessive. Then I changed the channel and saw a pundit saying basically the same thing.

Fair is fair. We aren't above criticism.

By cscpianoman on 12/21/2012 12:31:12 PM , Rating: 5
I must openly confess I have personally added to probably several dozen of that billion...

Brandon, don't diss PSY
By BZDTemp on 12/22/2012 11:22:55 AM , Rating: 5
That stuff about the 15 minutes of fame was pretty low. K-pop may not be your thing but PSY is not some TV talent show creation so show some respect!

Besides, it is worth noting that the 1,000,000,000 views of "Gangnam Style" is just the main copy of the video. If one counts the ones posted by others and the numerous videos of PSY performing all over, plus of course the official alternate version with HYUNA the numbers of views could be double.
Also if one looks at the view statistics graph it is not like the video just crawled to the 1 billion views. Ever since it took off the number of views has been going up steadily (right now it is aprox 14 million views past the billion).

By cochy on 12/21/2012 12:08:40 PM , Rating: 5
Anything that puts Justin Bieber to shame is alright in my books!!

RE: Yes!
By thefrozentin on 12/21/12, Rating: -1
By web2dot0 on 12/21/2012 3:19:06 PM , Rating: 3
You guys are too funny ....

You do know that it's KOREAN song right? Not everyone in the world worship the english language. If it doesn't make any sense to you, it's because you don't want to find out what it means, not because the song doesn't make any sense ...... :-D

Anything with 1Billion page views is inherently overrated. Like professional athletes making $100million dollars playing a sports that kids/teenagers do for recreation.

At the end, no one cares about what you think because 1 billion views means there are plenty of other people who think otherwise, so it's irrelevant. It's not backed by the massive US music industry, so you cannot tell me that his success was manufactured like those in the Western world. That's what's impressive about it. No one can deny that.

Near the right lesson and not live in your own little huts.

By ritualm on 12/21/2012 3:58:49 PM , Rating: 1
You do know that it's KOREAN song right?

Since when does the language of the song matter? As Solandri said, its theme was about rich people "Keeping up with the Joneses" and doing stupid things - you don't need a crash course on the Korean language to figure that out.

By lennylim on 12/21/2012 5:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't have the same self deprecating humor...

I have to say Hyuna (Kim Hyun-a) is a lot more attractive than PSY :)

By superstition on 12/22/2012 2:37:45 AM , Rating: 2
This is what excites people today?


Can I just say -
By Dr of crap on 12/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: Can I just say -
By BillyBatson on 12/21/12, Rating: 0
RE: Can I just say -
By StevoLincolnite on 12/21/2012 4:37:50 PM , Rating: 4
The Macarena never existed and girls didn't force me to dance it as a kid either.

RE: Can I just say -
By cokbun on 12/21/2012 10:50:45 PM , Rating: 2

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