For those of you who have not watch or heard of Gangnum Style you probably do not realize what you are missing out on.
This song is possibly the most addictive and most well styled dance song in the history of anything!
Gangnam Style” (Korean: 강남스타일, IPA: [kaŋnam sɯtʰail]) is a K-pop single by South Korean musician PSY. The song was released on July 15, 2012, as the lead single of his sixth studio album PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1. “Gangnam Style” debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart, the national record chart of South Korea. As of December 2, 2012, the music video has been viewed over 874 million times on YouTube, and is the site’s most watched video after surpassing Justin Bieber‘s single “Baby.”
The phrase “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul. The song and its accompanying music video went viral in August 2012 and have influenced popular culture
since then. “Gangnam Style” received mixed to positive reviews, with
praise going to its catchy beat and PSY’s amusing dance moves in the
music video and during live performances in various locations such as Madison Square Garden, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Samsung commercials. On September 20, 2012, “Gangnam Style” was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video in YouTube history. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held later that year.
It became a source of parodies and reaction videos by many different groups, organizations, and individuals, including The Oregon Duck, midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy, and the North Korean
government. By the end of October 2012, the song reached the number one
position in more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France,
Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Although the song’s reception
in Japan remained lukewarm, the song topped China’s Baidu 500 download list and was labelled by state-controlled media as having a “divine melody.”
As the song continued to rapidly gain popularity and ubiquity, its
signature dance moves were performed by many business and political
leaders including Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who hailed the song as a “force for world peace.” The song’s influence on political activism was exemplified by the film Gangnam for Freedom. It was produced by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor to advocate the freedom of expression and had subsequently won the support of various human rights organisations including Index on Censorship and Amnesty International. According to the United Nations, PSY has become an “international sensation” through his song “Gangnam Style.”
Now that you have the run down from wiki, lets look at the fact that this song is the MOST downloaded song on the web at the moment, then take a moment to realize that is it rated no.1 in more than 30 countries. As if that was not enough to make this song viral it is also the most watched video on YouTube, take a minute to realize that it is THE MOST WATCHED video on YouTube. Not to mention the most liked video on YouTube.
This is all for naught if you have not heard the song so here are some remakes of the song in different settings.
The song has received mixed to positive ratings from music critics. Music journalist Bill Lamb from About.com
praised the song for “spreading smiles and pure fun around the world in
record time.” He then writes, “take one part LMFAO’s synth-based party
music, another part Ricky Martin‘s Latin dance party and the rest a powerfully charismatic South Korean showman and you have the first worldwide K-Pop smash hit,” while Ian Garland of the Daily Mail called “Gangnam Style” a “bizarre music sensation.”
Jeff Benjamin from Billboard
became one of the first music critics to review the song when he
published an article and reported that “Gangnam Style” has gone viral on
the Internet. In his article, Benjamin introduced the reader to a
couple of popular K-pop songs and wrote that “Gangnam Style” in
particular, plays all the right moves sonically while “borrowing from
LMFAO along the way”.
The next day, Hallie Sekoff of The Huffington Post
quoted from the video’s official YouTube video description that the
song is characterized by its “strongly addictive beats”, and wrote that
this is not too far-fetched, considering “how obsessed we’ve found
Despite its popularity, a few music critics including Robert Copsey from Digital Spy criticized the song for being monotonous. Cospey wrote that “you could slap an LMFAO tag on the cover and few would know the difference” and Paul Lester of The Guardian similarly labelled it as “generic ravey Euro dance with guitars”. Lester described the song as “Pump up the Jam meets the Macarena with a dash of Cotton Eye Joe“ while Robert Myers of The Village Voice dismissed “Gangnam Style” as an “inspired piece of silliness”.
As I have said this video is a virus of music and this dear page proves it since I am not one too review music since no music is worth making a review of but for this song I have made an exception.
Wikinews has related news: ‘Gangnam Style’ becomes most watched YouTube video ever
Following its July 15 release, “Gangnam Style” overtook Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” to reach the number one position on the YouTube Top 100 Music Videos during the week of August 28, 2012. On September 1, it overtook Girls’ Generation‘s “Gee” to become the most viewed K-pop video on YouTube.
Although “Call Me Maybe” has had unusually strong staying power,
averaging over 1.5 million views each day, “Gangnam Style” increased to
an average of over 9 million views per day within just 2 months. This is
mainly because “Call Me Maybe” remained largely a North American trend,
whereas the popularity of “Gangnam Style” is not confined to the United
States. 61.6 percent of viewers were male, and those aged between 13 and 17 represented the biggest group.
According to The Wall Street Journal, T-Pain was among the first to have “sent [the video] to the stratosphere” when he tweeted about it on July 29. It was then picked up by Neetzan Zimmerman from the social blog Gawker, who asked “Did this underground Hip Hop artist from South Korea just release the Best Music Video of the Year?” on July 30. This was soon followed by Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Tom Cruise, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, William Gibson, and the United Nations, who have either commented about or shared the video with their fans via Twitter.
The earliest video that caught the attention of media networks
outside South Korea is “PSY Gangnam Style MV Reaction”, which was
uploaded by Katie and Mindy Anderson on July 18, 2012. The Andersons
were subsequently interviewed by Evan Ramstad from The Wall Street Journal a few weeks later.
In his article published on August 6, 2012, Ramstad also included “Kpop
Music Mondays : Psy Gangnam Style”, a review and parody of “Gangnam
Style” uploaded on July 23 by K-pop video bloggers Simon and Martina Stawski, a Canadian couple living in Seoul. This makes the Stawski’s video the earliest parody featured in an American newspaper. On August 8, 2012, Ramstad appeared on WSJ Live,
and he mentioned the Andersons and the Stawskis again, before claiming
that “a lot of Koreans are also making their own parodies of ‘Gangnam
On September 3, 2012, the number of daily views generated by “Gangnam Style” went past the five-million mark. By the end of September, it had topped the iTunes charts in 31 countries. The Dong-a Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, quoted the following statement released by YouTube,
“From July 15, when the music video was uploaded on the site, to
September 28, the video was accessed by people in 222 countries, more
than the 193 member countries of the U.N.”
1 Earliest notable reaction video by K-pop fans Katie and Mindy Anderson,
uploaded to YouTube on July 18, 2012
2 Earliest notable parody by K-pop bloggers Simon and Martina Stawski,
uploaded on July 23
3a Shared on the social news website Reddit, July 28
3b Earliest celebrity comment by Robbie Williams on his personal blog, July 28
3c Featured in the foreign tabloid newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, in Finland, July 28
4 First celebrity tweet by T-Pain, July 29
5 Picked up by Neetzan Zimmerman from the social blog Gawker, July 30
6 Picked up by the British political commentator Andrew Sullivan, who blogs
about the video on The Daily Beast, August 1
7 Featured in CNN International and The Wall Street Journal, August 3
8 Nelly Furtado performs “Gangnam Style” at her concert in the Philippines, August 16
9 Psy performs “Gangnam Style” at Dodger Stadium, August 20.
This marks his first public appearance in the United States
10 Katy Perry shares the “Gangnam Style” music video with her 25 million followers on Twitter,
11 Psy appears on VH1 with Carrie Keagan and Jason Dundas,
August 22. This marks his first appearance in a US television show