You'd have to have been living under a rock in 2012 to not know what Gangnam style means and we'll bet good money that even if you have two left feet, you have, at some point of time, found yourself trying to mimic the wacky dance moves from the music video.
In 2012, the world was introduced to PSY, the Korean pop artiste who's won the hearts of people across the world, including the United Nations general secretary. His single 'Gangnam Style' pokes fun at pretentious folks in the tony Gangnam district of South Korea. The music video is now YouTube's most-watched video of all time, having been viewed 820 million times up to November 25 (that's 12 times the number of views Dhanush's 'Kolaveri Di' has received).
PSY, or Park Jae-sang, was born to a wealthy family and even studied at the Berklee College of music, before dropping out and returning to Korea to make a name for himself. He had already released five studio albums before 'Gangnam...' hit the airwaves in July, 2012.
PSY's eccentric appearance has also made him an instantly recognizable celebrity. He's often seen spoting a tuxedo, bow tie and formal shoes - not exactly very comfortable attire for dancing, but PSY gets by. The signature dance moves are not unlike the actions of a cowboy riding a skittish horse. They've been aped by world leaders, athletes, hoardes of fans and even Bollywood biggies like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan.
While the secret of his popularity is hard to put a finger on, you can rest assured that DJs at New Year parties the world over will be whipping crowds into a frenzy with 'Gangnam Style' this year. Haven't mastered the moves yet? Watch the video here to pick it up before the ball drops this New Year!
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