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Psy reaches No. 2 on US Billboard Chart

Psy’s manager is claiming in the most recent US Billboard singles chart, “Gangnam Style” has hit No. 2, just behind Maroon 5′s “One More Night.

Oh, the humanity.

The site doesn’t reflect it yet, but I guess it soon will.

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  • Elowel

    History is being made.

  • cm

    The best non-English number one hit that I like best, is the hit single “Sukiyaki” in 1963. It was sung by a Japanese dude who I died in that JAL crash in 1985.

  • slouching_tiger

    Just can’t kill off this meme:

    http://youtu.be/GqJmP7PcaUw

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    A marching band? Com’on!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvVwylGtes

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    The manager must be psychic . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Anyway, the whole world is on a Psy-kick.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Apologies in advance to Adams-Awry for ruining his day . . . (I’m also psychic).

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • slouching_tiger

    Genius inspirations like this will keep Gangnam Style around for long time:
    http://youtu.be/_tILqds7-jg

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Did Psy get the idea for his song from this Japanese commercial?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvVwylGtes

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Sorry. I pasted the wrong link above. Here is the right one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgtVky9nJ_A

  • SomeguyinKorea

    He was already ranked in the single digits last week in Canada an New Zealand.

  • Q

    #10,

    J stands for Jealousy.

    In 1998, Koyote’s 순정: http://youtu.be/I60XdW1QTeQ

    In 2010, 원캐싱 CF : http://youtu.be/eLK7PGFndXg

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #10,

    She’s doing the lasso. We used to do that move as a joke when I was a kid. Even if he was inspired by it, you must admit that he added his own flavour to it.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    I LOVE the marching band!

  • SomeguyinKorea
  • slouching_tiger

    Enough is enough already lol:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72R68k7N7Wg

  • Yu Bum Suk

    16, That was funnier than I thought. I especially love how he pronounces gang-nam.

  • hamel

    Gerry Bevers @ #9 & #10:

    Notwithstanding that I am aware you made your comment just a good old fashioned shit-stir, Psy was clearly inspired, not by that Dec 2011 commercial, but by me in Shenyang’s Tell Mamma nightclub in August 2010, where myself and some local Chinese folks danced the horsy dance on the dance floor. It caught on like wildfire. Sure took its sweet time getting across to Psy, though.

    Thanks for the marching band version. I always love marching bands. Reminds me of this clever marching band version of the Bedroom Intruder song (remember that one? with Antoine?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=399Wlt10b5E

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Slouching Tiger (#16), I now finally understand why Gangnam Style is so popular around the world — it’s a sensitive, poetic song whose lyrical beauty reaches across the language barrier to touch everyone’s heart.

    Also, Hyuna has a nice butt.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Q

    Why nobody give credit to the elevator guy? Noh Hongchyul’s 저질 댄스 contributed to some portion of the popularity of GS:

    http://youtu.be/lWP9MIZb6nQ

  • yuna

    #16
    I could only stand to watch the first verse and I think that was also more or less the same translation from the link on the other thread which I linked to (BBC1 radio show) with the meditation woman’s voice.
    No wonder people think it’s crap (the lyrics). I mean, “그런 반.전. 때리는 여자” translated to “that kind of woman with a twist”. Just don’t quite cut it.

  • Q

    Sankei Shimbun’s lengthy entertainment column on psy written by Okada Satoshi has a strange title ‘日本は音楽も韓国に惨敗!’ (Japan got brutally defeated by S. Korea even in music!):

    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/west/west_life/news/120923/wlf12092315010013-n1.htm

    It sounds like a report on serious soccer match between Japan v. SK. That might explain one of the reason why psy could not win popularity in Japan. Could cool Japan just enjoy music?

  • slouching_tiger

    YBS, That’s precisely why it seems to grate on Yuna’s nerves. lol

    Yuna, uhh..it’s a parody of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” which itself lightly satirizes the so-called Gangnam style.

  • Q

    Hmmm… NBC Today must have read MH, but the anchorman seems overcorrected the pronunciation:

    http://youtu.be/vR6JrTBGmjY

    NBC Today crew actually visited Gangnam and SK.

  • yuna

    #22
    Wow, I didn’t know that Japan thought of Korea as “enemy country” or “적국”
    From the last page of that Sankei article:
    たとえ敵国の歌手でも、立派な才能は認めねばなりません.
    “Even if it’s a singer from an enemy country, we have to admit his great talent.”

    #23
    I have heard other translated lyrics, it’s all bland crap. It is just a mediocre crappy literal translation, the “unfunny” soppyness was just accentuated with the feeling put into the reading and the crappy music, but not the actual translation. 반전때리는 여자 and 사나이, etc. It’s like reading a “Cliff Notes” or one of those things for Shakespeare. The thing is it’s funny because it’s over the top, and the translation doesn’t do justice. And, no, didn’t stay around to hear the mispronunciation of “깡”.
    A “SOFT” K for ㄱ at the front of the word.

  • yuna

    Anyway, although I really like Psy (though to the untrained Western eye he might look no different from an archetype of a chubby short Asian, I find him attractive. His cool, talent and the way he carries himself in interviews and the way he doesn’t take himself seriously) I doubt he will be able to be anything more than something like “Who let the dogs out” in a few years. But maybe, who knows?

    Some people who hate K-pop really seem to want to treat him separate from the usual “manufactured” stuff, but he is, after all, a YG guy and YG have always had a different unique approach. I realized the diabolical brain when I watched the Healing Camp “Hyunsuk Yang” version. That man(head of YG) also looks a bit diabolical.

    Anyway, it’s gone so quiet on the iheartblueballs front nowadays?

  • yuna

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK-JfGrJ468
    Here’s the Psy version of the Healing Camp when he talks about meeting Hyunsuk Yang for the first time, also when he got caught for smoking pot.

    I also read something hilarious the other day, how a few years back, when an ajuma sitting next to Psy and family in a restaurant gave them some watermelon, so he asked politely if she wanted his autograph, and to which replied “never mind that, just eat your rice(meal)”
    http://media.joinsmsn.com/article/510/9403510.html?ctg=1503
    됐어, 밥이나 먹어.

  • cm

    One thing that I would like to see out of all the psy phenomenon, is a freeing up of the South Korean music scene – that if you don’t have to look beautiful, handsome, 19 years old, and singing/dancing in idol groups. That going out of the usual social mores and boundaries, and writing the songs that challenges the traditional concept of pop in Korea, is good. In other words, strangling of talents through manufactured music in assembly line fashion no longer defines Kpop.

  • guitard

    the way he carries himself in interviews and the way he doesn’t take himself seriously

    I guess this falls into the “doesn’t take himself seriously” vein . . .

    When asked about his four years of university study in the US, he told the interviewer that he started at Boston College and eventually transferred to Berkley School of Music — but he basically never studied and instead just had a good time — and never came close to getting a degree.

  • yuna

    cm, there is good music out there, remember k-pop is relatively a new word, and those idols too. There was 조용필, 이선희, 전영록, 이문세 etc. etc. There was always good pop music from Korea, it’s just a short interlude of the global youtube generation.

    I’m sure I introduced these guys before:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBAvctZ3THk&feature=relmfu

  • yuna

    Here’s a little bit of 이문세
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBAvctZ3THk&feature=relmfu
    I know that a lot of really great groups were also around during my parents generation but it’s funny that people like 김광석, 전람회, 신승훈, 김건모..happened to be “it” just before the take off of K-pop globalization. Like the dramas, (by Kim Suhyun) it seems all the good stuff missed the boat.

  • yuna

    Try that again: 이문세 here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RN57tzibHQ

  • yuna

    As for female singers, 이지연 was probably the closest to idol status during those days, but without much skin showing at all:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t-ot7Fgnas&feature=related

    Later 김완선 tried to vamp it up a bit with her 백치미 and slightly sharp, off-the-pitch notes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_8VWbvArnI&feature=related

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    remember k-pop is relatively a new word, and those idols too. There was 조용필, 이선희, 전영록, 이문세 etc. etc. There was always good pop music from Korea, it’s just a short interlude of the global youtube generation.

    I always objected to using the word “K-pop” in such a narrow way. It renders the word “pop” in “K-pop” meaningless. The only definition of “K-pop” that makes sense is “pop music of Korea.”

    There indeed always has been good pop music from Korea. I wouldn’t even say there is an interlude now. The interlude was the dark times between 1997 and 2002, when the first generation “idols” choked off the airwaves while the indie scene did not yet arrive. Since then, it’s been fine. You just have to take the minimal effort to actually look at where the good music is in Korea.

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  • dogbertt

    @31: Yuna, I could not agree with you more. While I’m very happy about the current successes of Korean pop culture outside Korea, I wish it could’ve happened 25 years ago, for those singers and their peers.

  • feld_dog

    Let me get this straight: PSY is supposed to be “writing the songs that challenge the traditional concept of pop in Korea”? Sure–from light R&B, rap, and techno-influenced dance club music to . . . light R&B, rap, and techno-influenced dance club music. HUGE challenge to the status quo!

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like the billboard site got updated. Psy is a breath of fresh air when Kpop is being advertised by manufactured bands. I wish they move away from them.

  • Q

    #2,

    For the record, Sakamoto Kyu(坂本九) was Zainichi Korean.

    http://50064686.at.webry.info/201110/article_27.html

  • mickster

    Q
    That is a very miserable link to declare, For the record.
    How many generations do you need to go back to be non-zainich Japanese? Kyu’s parents had Japanese names and Kyu was born in Japan. The emperer has a Korean ancestor and I guess many other Japanese do. But we don’t call them zainichi.

  • Q

    Zainich Koreans being discriminated in Japanese society, it would be more feasible to conceal their Korean identity (changing last name).

  • slim
  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    lets not forget two of the most famous koreans in japan: famous superstar, yamaguchi momoe and famous enka singer, hibari something.

  • gbnhj

    Yes, let’s not forget Hibari something.

  • slim

    Nakamori Akina, Matsuda Seiko, Aozora Hibari…..

  • bumfromkorea

    That New Yorker article headline is really offensive. There are clearly more creativity and originality involved on the factory floor than the article seems to imply.

  • jk641

    Q @#39,
    Could you at least provide a synopsis of the article?
    Most of us don’t read Japanese.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    gbnhj, lol.

  • gbnhj

    Just having some fun…

  • gbnhj

    By, the way, Psy’s holding a free concert in front of Seoul City Hall tonight (Thursday) at 10 pm. Apparently, at a concert earlier this week, he announced that he’d perform there shirtless for free, if GS hit #1 on Billboard. The mayor then requested that he do it, regardless.

    Friends, if you need a little help with your horse dance, this could be just the ticket. Just be sure to put on the feed bag before you go.