I am personally well aware of Psy, the latest South Korean pop sensation, because I am South Korean. I am also very surprised with how popular “Gangnam Style” has become. Usually, most Korean pop or “K-pop” musicians can only dream about breaking into the US music market.
So what is Gangnam style, you ask? “Gangnam Style” is supposed to symbolize how the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea, is considered to have the most rich and stylish people within Seoul. It’s somewhat parallel to Beverly Hills in California. In his music video, Psy pokes fun at himself, and how he considers himself to be rich while in tacky clothes rocking some strange dance moves.
No matter what message it’s supposed to send out, one can’t deny the electric beat the song presents. And we can’t forget about the wild dance! I’ve even had my friends ask me to teach them the dance or do the dance at parties. It amazes me how it’s even played on popular radio music stations and was number one on itunes. Oh, and by the way if you were wondering, Oppa means big brother. So give it a listen if you haven’t already. Even my dad can’t get enough of this track!
For more K-Pop, check out the billboard charts and have a listen.
– Sophia Kim