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Psy can’t explain popularity of Gangnam Style

- October 30th, 2012

Sometimes a phenomenon can’t be unexplained.
So says South Korean pop artist-rapper Psy, who told QMI Agency in Toronto, that he has no idea why his viral video for his song, Gangnam Style, has made such an impact with 600 million views on YouTube and counting.
“I don’t know,” said Psy, whose English is still a work in progress. “People call this song, literally a phenomenon. And we can’t tell or analyze or predict a phenomenon. So if I got one more hit or one more success after this, then I can tell (if there was) something I did this way so I (had) some success. But now I just live today.”
Otherwise, he says when he performs the song live, he’s thrilled at the response even though it’s delivered in Korean except for the line, ‘Hey, sexy lady!’”
“When I perform Gangnam Style and when I see crowds, I feel happy and sorry, because they don’t have any idea what I’m talking about except ‘sexy lady.’ But somehow, they look so happy, so when I see their face, ‘Ah, it’s (good)’ because they are so happy. But I feel not good, because they don’t have any idea what I’m talking about.”
Gangnam Style refers to the Gangnam district of Seoul, he explains.
“I describe the district as noble and calm in the daytime and going insane at the nighttime,” he said.
What he does take great pride in is being the most recognizable South Korean on the planet right now and said it was an honor recently to meet U.N. Secretary General and fellow countryman Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters .
“That was the biggest moment ever in my life – that was bigger than Billboard No. 2,” he said. “He has such a great sense of humor and he said in front of the press, ‘I was no. 1 famous Korean in the world before Gangnam Style. Now I’m in second place. I feel so jealous about Psy.’”

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  1. Sara | November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I really enjoyed reading more about Psy, and his oppinion on the Gangnam Style phenomenon. I think it’s crazy how his song has made so much success here in North America when the truth is, we aren’t appreciating it for it’s lyrics, but rather for the beat and the video. I don’t want psy to be sad that we don’t know what he’s saying, because we have google translation for that!
    The gangnam style dance has brought about some good laughs in my own life, and i can’t wait for Psy to add more charisma to the North American pop culture.

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