It's a "Gangnam Style" World (Photo : reddit.com)
South Korean rapper Psy, short for "Psycho," is approaching worldwide superstar-status at the speed of light as his hit "Gangnam Style" video continues to grow in popularity, with celebrities giving props to his work and rumors of possible record deals in the United States making their way around the Internet. Psy is taking "Gangnam Style" a step further with a feminine remix of the song, which was recently posted on YouTube.
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As of Friday, Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" video rose to #1 on Billboard's "Social 50" chart, which ranks artists using stats from social networking sites including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. It calculates popularity based upon weekly additions of friends, fans and followers with weekly artist page views and song plays. On this chart Psy topped music superstars including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Pitbull.
"Gangnam Style" also rose to #2 on Billboard's World Albums Chart, #2 on Billboard's K-pop Hot 100 Chart and is 24th on the Heatseekers Albums Chart, which is focused on up-and-coming musicians. Finally, the video also went up to #34 on iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart, beating out Kelly Clarkson, Ne-Yo and Usher, amongst others.
On YouTube "Gangnam Style" has garnered over 79 million views since its July 15th debut. Also on YouTube, Psy has released a second version to his hit video, a girly remix to "Gangnam Style" called "Oppa You're My Style," which features female songstress Hyuna. This video has also gone viral, receiving over 21 million views since it went up on August 14th.
Hyuna, born June 6, 1992, is a South Korean singer, dancer, rapper, designer and model. She is formerly of Korean girl group Wonder Girls, but has since left that group and joined a different girl group called 4Minute. She has also starred on MTV's Wonder Girls show from 2006-2007 and was featured in Korea's version of Dancing with the Stars in 2011. In March of this year the Korean pop star launched a fashion line called Hyuna x SPICYCOLOR, which has a retro vibe and pulls inspiration from the fashion of the 1950s and 1960s.
"Although as an artist I did show a lot of sexy concepts, for this brand...I worked very hard to deliver styles that are not only sexy, but also fashionable and stylish," Hyuna said of her line.