With over 400 “likes” and 458 million views on YouTube, “Gangnam Style,” a South Korean pop song, has taken over the air waves and the dance floors all over the World.
After premiering on YouTube in mid July, “Gangnam Style” is known around the World and is predicted to be the biggest international dance craze since The Macarena. By September 2012, “Gangnam Style” was awarded by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video in YouTube history. Today, the music video has just over 400 million likes. Psy, the singer/rapper of “Gangnam Style,” is now number 2 on the billboard charts, just behind Maroon 5.
After premiering only three months ago, “Gangnam Style” has reached more than 458 million views! On Tuesday the video was at 398 million views. That’s almost a 100 million increase in views in less than a week.
Jae Park, a professor of communications at the University of North Florida and native of South Korea, took the time to explain what exactly “Gangnam Style” is.
Park is originally from South Korea but moved to the U.S. a few years ago to further his education. Park said Gangnam is a very upscale area of South Korea. That is where a lot of the young people go because it has a lot of places to mingle.
“Gangnam means ‘South river’ and it indicates the South area of Seoul City,” he said. “Gangnam refers to the richest district in Korea. Gangnam style refers to the upscale and latest fashion style.”
Park went on to say that the entire joke of the video goes beyond the tacky outfits and outrageous dance moves. Psy is really “country style” and not “Gangnam Style.”
When Park was asked if he liked “Gangnam Stlye,” he said not really. He went on to say that he is not a big fan of the song, but he is a fan of Psy, the singer/rapper. He went on to talk about a song by Psy that he does really enjoy named “Champion.”
Mike Caira, a senior at the University of North Florida, said he has never actually seen the video. “I’ve seen it all over Facebook and the Internet,” Mike said, “But I never actually clicked on the links to watch the video.”
Kaitlyn Dietz, a graduate student at Jacksonville University, said she has watched it, but only once. Dietz said when she visited her hometown of Milledgeville, Ga., her boyfriend showed her the video. “I don’t know, it was weird,” was Dietz impression of the K-pop song.
With 3-3 people saying they did not care for the song, there must be a huge fan base somewhere.
The real question is will Psy be a force to recon with in the music industry or will he be a one hit wonder. Only time will tell. Until then, keep your eyes on this South Korean K-pop singer as he climbs the billboard top 100.