The year 2012, a great one for a number of areas around the world including sport, will also be remembered as being the year that a foreign language song made a rare appearance as the most popular single in the English-speaking world, a status that no-one even gets close to on most occasions.
South Korean rapper Psy (Park Jae-sang) is the man behind “Gangnam Style”, which recently broke a huge one billion views on YouTube (which some will point out ironically occurred on the day the apocalypse was supposed to happen (21 December)), 10 days on performed his main hit at the ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ show in New York City (USA), but while it is an unlikely to be a complete ‘ending’ to the song like some may have implied from his comments on the matter, fans can still expect the craze to wind down now, as Psy called his performance the ‘US finale’ of Gangnam Style.
His tweet announcing the performance, which read: “Tonight on ABC with @RyanSeacrest and #RockinNewYearsEve. I prepared something and it’s gonna be #GangnamFinale!!! Watch it & Watch out!!!,” has been interpreted as the end of a long worldwide promotional tour spanning much of the second half of 2012 since his music video went viral.
The Dick Clark show, broadcast live on ABC, saw Psy perform his song alongside several guest stars, with Roh Hong-cheoul and Yoo Jae Suk (actors from the music video), and MC Hammer joining him on-stage to lead the dance.
Psy, who also celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday, said of his performance: “Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is already special – it’s the biggest stage in the universe – plus it’s my birthday, so, with all that, it may be the ending of ‘Gangnam Style’. I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”
He also noted that even he believed that the song has become ‘too popular’, and has claimed that he will be looking to use his time in 2013 to prove that he is not a ‘one-hit wonder’ away from his homeland, adding: “I’m really working hard on a new single right now, and I’m not saying ['Gangnam Style'] is ending on Dick Clark – I still have a lot of invitations to perform it. I’ll be in Paris, and in February I got invited to perform in China, and I’ve still got to do promo. So let me say that in America I need a new single because ‘Gangnam Style’ got too popular, so I’ve got to write a new single.”
While it remains to be seen (if highly unlikely) that anything new will be able to surpass Gangnam Style’s immense popularity, the ‘final performance’ of the song, at least in 2012, can be seen below, with the original music video, Psy’s participation in the ‘Rewind YouTube Style’ 2012 mash-up video, and a live performance in Seoul (South Korea) as an indication of what fans in New York had to compete against. Will these video embeds be for the last time before an inevitable ‘remember when’ post, or does Psy still have more to come?