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I take it Kimmel is not a huge Psy fan:

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  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    Sigh . . . Gone-Nam Style . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Steven Kennedy

    We call it humor.

  • will.i.aint

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Weeks after PSY had pretty much disappeared . . . Jimmy Kimmel brings him back into the spotlight . . . free publicity . . . if only for a moment.

  • Wedge1

    Now that… was funny.

  • wangkon936

    Yeah, I think this whole PSY thing has run it’s course in the U.S. Soon to be in the one hit dust bin of history along with the Macarena, Mambo No.5 and My Sharona.

  • bumfromkorea

    Eh. He got what he can out of the whole fad – and he can still milk this for years to come back in Korea, so good for him.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    As Wangkon notes, this happens when novelty songs overstay their welcome.

  • pawikirogii

    if you count all the various psy gangnam videos, you’re talking almost two billion views. not bad for somebody doing something most expats said would NEVER happen. psy will be making (not milking)quite a bit of money from this for a long time. btw, member that song ‘i will survive’ by gloria gaynor? the lady says she still recieves a fat royalty check every year and that song was from the late 70s!

  • SomeguyinKorea

    What a bitter life you must lead.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Yup, it’s not as if he didn’t already have a musical career. Besides, he could end up with another hit now that the Billboard chart rankings now factor in Youtube hits. There will be at least a few hundred million people who’ll check just out of curiosity. He’s not dead yet.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Exactly. It may look like he’s taking shots a Psy, but I’m not so sure that’s really what’s going on.These late night shows exist for the sole purpose of plugging Hollywood and music industry projects, after all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    The actual “expat” (and music critic) prediction was that manufactured bubblegum boy and girl bands that were pushed as part of the Korea wave would not succeed in North America. I’d say that held up well. PSY will send people looking for more Korean music, but not the stuff that was already tried with modest results.

  • pawikirogii

    c? the expat will say whatever it takes to b right. the expat told us americans would NEVER listen to kpop. better think again.

  • bumfromkorea

    Gangnam Style was a fad – to interpret that as Kpop finally making it in America is quite a stretch. And I’m glad; I would be appalled if when Americans think of “Korea”, their mind goes to ‘Wait, those aren’t girls?’ boy bands and ‘Why is that little girl stripping’ girl bands.

    In its current incarnation, I sincerely hope Kpop doesn’t makes it in America. Hopefully Psy will be the stepping stone to something better than boy bands and girl groups, because I know there are great musicians in Korea already who are smothered to near-death by YG, SM, and JYP.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    “the expat will say whatever it takes to b right” is your unintentional way of admitting I am right. You have a 10-year track record of misreading, misremembering and misrepresenting others’ comments in ways that in theory should favor your point — yet still coming up on the short end. Remarkable.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Bum, I don’t disagree with your point; I use different vocabulary. Rather than say “fad”, I say “novelty song”. Psy’s song was fun and funny.

    K-Pop has a huge marketing problem: who is its audience? It’s clearly tarting itself up to move away from the prepubescent girl market, and the horny old man market need only fap to it (with video) for 10 minutes. OK, I’m fooling no one. Five minutes.

  • bumfromkorea

    As much as I love to make the ‘Kpop boy bands look so much like girls, my friends have actually mistaken some of them for girls.’ joke, I don’t think the Three-Headed Dragon isn’t moving away from screaming girls market just yet. With the girl group, absolutely with the horny old dudes.

    Let’s hope that the trend goes away from the idol crap. Meanwhile, here’s a hilarious (and yet very sad) song aptly titled “R n B” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jO5cNT65FA

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    Western and Japanese factory-made boy and girl bands, like K-pop, also run up against the problem that there’s no “next level” this stuff can be taken to. What happens is the rare truly talented members of these groups will go on solo careers and the industry will churn up new acts of the same formula for the next batch of kids.

  • pawikirogii

    it seems so many of you have difficulty reading. i didnt write that kpop has made it in america. i wrote that the yahoo informed us that the us would NEVER listen to kpop. who said that? iheartblueballs is the first to come to mind. then that thirdworld guy, someguy. america has indeed listened to kpop en masse.

    ps dcmusic, u been here ten yrs? ive never noticed u before. welcome.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Liking your own comments like a busker who’ll put a dollar in his hat, hoping it will encourage others to throw bills instead of pennies?

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “the expat…”?

    You sound just like an Afrikaner who used to live in my town, except she’d start her rants with, “The black.”

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I clicked on the link and watched for a few seconds. You’re right about it being hilarious and sad. I almost feel guilty about laughing at them.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    You’re high. I said that it wouldn’t work as long as they tried making BS English records. Do I need to name a list of K-pop artists whose BS English releases bombed in the US?

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    Again, misrepresentation. How would people know how much it sucks if they didn’t listen at least once? IHBB said K-pop, as marketed by Korean wavemakers, would flop, as it has. Gangnam Style is a novelty song that did well on the strength of the video and the dance. We shouldn’t really be having this conversation, based as it is on (your) false premises, but we would definitely not be having it based on PSY’s music alone.

  • yangachibastardo

    My business partner mistook some guy from Shinee for a girl, it took me a few minutes to convince him otherwise, he was literally appalled

  • yangachibastardo

    k-pop very likely will never be a multi-platinum phenomenon in the West, it can and it’s already doing well as a club niche, surviving for years and years with its own special nights and its own specialised remixers.

    We have a huge fanbase for anime&manga here (way more than in America and the English speaking world in general), a big chunk of this demographic are now k-pop fans too.

    K-pop pretty much joined the reggaeton, dubstep, dirty electro, scene kids etc. etc. of this world

    It won’t take over, it won’t go away

  • bumfromkorea

    Aw, you gotta listen to the lyrics. It’s hilarious and sad (not in a ‘pathetic’ sad way).

  • ChuckRamone

    Hey, the Knack were a little better than one-hit wonders.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I can’t bring myself to pay that much attention to the song. A few seconds was more than I can endure.

  • bumfromkorea

    Aw, come on. It’s a bunch of Indie guys making brutal fun of idol ‘music’. :D I love the part where they go “Go sell your guitar and get yourself some more clothes… so that you can start performing R&B songs you practiced so hard at the noraebang”