Gangnam Style

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When I was able to watch the video, I find it be funny and kinda crazy just like watching a parody or a comedy flick. So I googled and wikipedia had let me be acquainted with thestory behind GANGNAM Style.

from WIKIPEDIA

Gangnam Style is a 2012 K-pop single by the South Korean rapper Psy. It has been featured in broadcasting networks such as CNN and Bloomberg, mentioned by numerous celebrities, and has also led to various user-generated parodies and reaction videos from all over the world. According to the German national daily newspaper Die Welt, “Gangnam Style” is spreading like a “Lauffeuer (wildfire)”  and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation writes that millions around the globe have become “obsessed” “Gangnam Style” is widely praised for its humour, catchy rhythm as well as Psy’s unusual dance moves that have introduced many people to K-pop. First released on July 15, 2012, it entered the Gaon Chart singles chart at number one upon release.

 

“Gangnam Style” is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district,[4] an affluent and trendy area of Seoul.[5] The music video depicts Psy dancing at various locations in Gangnam.[6] The song’s theme is about “the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild.”[7]

In Korean colloquialism, “오빤 강남 스타일 (Oppan Gangnam style)” may be translated as “I am (loving) the Gangnam style.” or literally translated as “I am Gangnam style.” or “A Gangnam-styled girl is my style.” because the Korean word 오빠 (oppa), which is a noun meaning “a female’s elder brother” but can be also used as a first-, second- or third-person masculine pronoun to designate a male who is elder or older than a female, is used as a first-person pronoun in this phrase and 오빤 (oppan) is an abbreviation of 오빠는 (oppaneun) which is translated as “I am” when 오빠 (oppa) is used as a first-person pronoun.

The lyrics are by Psy, music by Psy and Yoo Gun-hyung, and it was arranged by Yoo Gun-hyung, who is a well-known producer in South Korea and also collaborated with Psy in the past.

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

About a month after its initial release, on August 17, 2012, Gangnam Style officially won first-place in the Korean music television programme Music Bankon KBS 2TV, scoring a total of 18,601 points.

Another indicator of the song’s immense growing popularity is its performance on the video sharing platform YouTubeThe Los Angeles Times calls it one of the greatest videos ever to be uploaded to YouTube. 

Uploaded on July 15, 2012, Gangnam Style has been viewed over 74 million times and reached the number one position on the YouTube Top 100 Music Videos during the week of August 28, 2012. By country, about 47 per cent of the views came from the United States, 7 per cent from the United Kingdom, 6.8 per cent from Canada and 4 per cent from South Korea.

The Video

The Hot female doin the GANGNAM STYLE

Miss Korea 2012

Britney Spears and Ellen

Philippine version w/ Erik Tai

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