Sunday March 9, 2014
Gangnam Style - Most Viewed Music Video on YouTubeTim King Salem-News.,com
South Korean Duo PSY and HyundA nail the record with more than a billion views.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Music and dance sensations 'PSY' and 'HyunA' from South Korea, best known for the song 'Gangnam Style', are surely one of, if not the most widely appreciated and talented music duos in world history. I was shocked to look at the YouTube counter for Gangnam Style and see more than a billion views
I didn't know that any single video in all of history had been watched that many times. As a number, a 'billion' really blows the doors off of the notion of viral. While I make no claims, it does seem possible that this is the single most viewed piece of visual information in existence. I am curious as to what other people think. By all means feel encouraged to politely share what you know in the comment section of this story.
It isn't hard to understand why this is so intensely popular. These two... their musical performances are ridiculously addicting and I don't speak a word of Korean, so there is no lyrical clarity in my case, just great sound and stunning visuals.
They're also known worldwide for a song called 'Ice Cream' but we can save that for another day.
What I appreciate about this unlikely duo, is that the guy, PSY, isn't strapped, he's chubby. As talented as he may be, he continually strikes the viewer as being simply human. That in and of itself is a great talent.
From an American point of view, his performance is partly self-deprecating. His dazzling array of clothing reminds me of both Elvis Presley and Elton John. The guy has guts, he also does scenes that are homoerotic and sings while sitting on a toilet seat, briefly. His dancing is both funny and excellent, hard not to appreciate.
Really I don't exactly know what to make of it, but I am extremely entertained by this song and accompanying video. Raised on classic rock music, I also have not always been the most open-minded person when it comes to music, however this one that I quickly liked and the world flavor is exquisite.
While PSY seems to make fun of his slightly rotund physique, it doesn't diminish his talent in any way. I suspect many people appreciate it every time a person with a less than perfect appearance makes the big time.
PSY now redefines the very expression itself with the billion view reality.
And if he isn't as much of a hunk as some, there are plenty of handsome suave guys and lots of beautiful girls; beyond HyunA. However she is a show stealer extraordinaire.
I noticed while collecting pictures for this article, that she is being followed and copied on a grand scale, even her makeup in this particular video is heavily emulated, even celebrated.
There is stardom, and there is incredibly, record setting, intense über stardom. I get the impression from watching this video that the world is moving on without Americans, we are no longer the coolest cats in town - at least in the minds of others!
HyundA has name recognition everywhere in the world and so does PSY. International music has never been so wildly popular and while we criticize the politics of YouTube, we also enjoy the never ending education that we receive from it.
We have indeed arrived at the dawn of a new day when a Korean girl lightens her hair and takes on the look of a white girl, only to have white girls try to emulate her look. There is something really inexplicably cool about that.
The much parodied 'Gangnam Style' has fans in every corner of the globe not only enjoying the music and video and driving the popularity, but as you will see below, one video after another, with people acting out the famous dance sequences that are just plain fun.
The amazingly bright colors that pop out from set after set in their videos had to cost an arm and a leg, even in this modern high tech digital world.
The dance choreography is what we have come to expect from Asian cinema, where the art is taken to a grand scale with so many people in sync and extreme emphasis of detail.
In keeping with many artful South Korean productions, there is no mistaking the extreme nature of several of the scenes, but it is as comical as it is anything else and I trust even homophobes can deal with the elevator scene, truly original and madly entertaining.
HyunA more than fills in her end of the deal as part of this musical duo, with the performance of a true superstar whose sexiness is riveting and unavoidable.
The song has been parodied in every imaginable way, I have included a few examples and also the YouTube links so you can hit that 'like' button on the various pages if you are so inclined. I tried to include a lot but this is just a tiny representation of what PSY and HyundA have in store, it will be interesting to see if they can top the magic that they conveyed in the 'cutish' song 'Gangnan style' but if they do, then I will be compelled to write about that also.
According to Billboard Magazine:
I am so buried always in human rights news that I rarely lift my head to see things like this. I suspect many who watch late night talk shows already know about PSY, but for those of us more concerned with other aspects of life, I bring you this information and sincerely hope that you watch the video below, and others I tagged in for your interest and convenience. Special thanks to my nephew, Nory King, for bringing this to my attention during our recent, most excellent holiday visit.
Ever Essential Parodies
Flash Mob Videos
Who doesn't love a good flash mob anyway? (Yeah yeah) I think they are fantastic and who would not expect there to be Gangam Style flashers?
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