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YouSpeak: Gangnam Style!

Have you been caught up in the K-pop craze?

| From BU Today | Video By Joe Chan and Alan Wong

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In the video above, students talk about the latest music craze to sweep the world, international superstar PSY. View closed captions on YouTube

With his trademark sunglasses, candy-colored outfits, flamboyant dance moves, and mischievous grin, Korean pop star PSY is suddenly everywhere. In just the past few weeks, he’s popped up on Ellen, the Today Show, and Saturday Night Live. The reason? His new single, “Gangnam Style.” Released in mid-July, it has made the singer-songwriter-rapper an international sensation. The video has become a viral sensation, with 280 million (and climbing) views on YouTube.

And BU can claim him as one of its own. PSY spent a semester here in 1997, when he was known as Park Jae-sang. He later attended Berklee College of Music before returning to South Korea, where he recorded his first album in 2001. “Gangnam Style” is from his sixth album, PSY’s Best 6th Part I.

Expect to see more of PSY. It was just announced that he’s signed with Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager.

With PSY fever sweeping the nation, “YouSpeak” asks: what is “gangnam style”?

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