PSY’s Gangnam Style in 4 simple steps 😀
Gangnam Style is a 2012 single by South Korean rapper Psy. First released on July 15, 2012, it entered the Gaon Chart singles chart at number one upon release.
Gangnam Style Background
“Gangnam Style” is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district, an affluent and trendy area of Seoul. The music video depicts Psy dancing at various locations in Gangnam. The song’s theme is about “the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild.
Gangnam Style Music video
The music video shows PSY dancing a comical horse-riding dance and appearing in unexpected locations such as an outdoor yoga session and hot tub. The “skewering [of] the Gangnam image” by the “non-Gangnam PSY” is recognizable to Korean viewers, but those less familiar with the cultural context have found the video “fresh” amidst the teen pop idol groups increasingly popular with overseas viewers.
Making appearances in the music video are:
4minute member Hyuna playing PSY’s love interest and appearing in the two final dance sequences
Comedian/television personality Yoo Jae-Seok in a dance duel with PSY
Comedian/television personality Noh Hong-cheol dancing in an elevator with his trademark pelvic-thrusting
Big Bang members Daesung and Seungri as elderly men playing a board game
The music video has caught the attention of international media outlets, including the CBC and CNN, the latter of which describes it as “very different and comedic.” Notable artists such as British singer Robbie Williams, and American rapper T-Pain have blogged and tweeted, respectively, about the music video. British actor Simon Pegg, as well as other artists such as American singers Josh Groban and Katy Perry has also tweeted about it. Nelly Furtado performed the song in her concert on 16 August 2012 in the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
About a month after its initial release, on August 17, 2012, Gangnam Style officially won first-place in the Korean music television programme Music Bank on KBS 2TV, scoring a total of 18,601 points. .
Gangnam Style Chart performance
The song debuted at #6 on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 for the week of July 28, 2012. “Gangnam Style” then topped the chart the week after, and has remained at #1 for four weeks. The song has also peaked on Billboard’s YouTube Music Chart at #2. On August 21, 2012, Gangnam Style officially charted #1 on the iTunes Music Video Charts, overtaking Justin Bieber’s As Long as You Love Me and Katy Perry’s Wide Awake; this feat is the first for any South Korean artist. . In South Korea the song was an instant success selling 745.000 downloads in its first week and remains atop the Gaon Single Chart for five consecutive weeks since debut. As of August 23, the song was downloaded over 2.5 million times in South Korea alone.
The YG Entertainment office in New York City has been credited with the viral success of the Gangnam Style video.
Oppa Is Just My Style
Gangnam Style was officially re-released on August 14, 2012 as Oppa Is Just My Style (Korean: 오빤 딱 내 스타일), featuring additional vocals provided by South Korean singer and 4minute member Hyuna. Oppa Is Just My Style is the interpretation of the original Gangnam Style from a woman’s perspective.
Despite criticism against Hyuna’s vocals, the accompanying music video has managed to garner nearly 7 million viewers within the first two days after its upload onto YouTube.
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