YouSpeak: Gangnam Style!
Have you been caught up in the K-pop craze?
With his trademark sunglasses, candy-colored outfits, flamboyant dance moves, and mischievous grin, Korean pop star PSY is suddenly everywhere. In just the past 10 days, 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 song is now the number-one single on iTunes in the United States (number two in the U.K. and Australia), and 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. “Gangam 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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