Thursday, November 29, 2012

Korean PSY Gangnam Style in Singapore Saturday NIGHT FEVER FREE Showcase

Singapore, are you ready to Horse Dance=Gangnam Style?

Singapore is set to go Gangnam crazy this weekend. 
Singaporeans, are you ready to Gangnam Style?

Korean superstar Psy, whose real name is Park Jai-sang, will be in town this Saturday, 1 December, for a free one-hour public showcase at Marina Bay Sands' Event Plaza.

Wanna-bes will be able to learn from the 34-year-old master of the "horse dance" himself as he performs his smash hit together with kids from O School, a performing arts centre for youth that is the integrated resort's designated charity.

The first 4,000 fans can register for a free ticket by going to this Facebook page.

 Performance will start at 8pm on Saturday.

"Gangnam Style" recently surpassed Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most-watched YouTube video ever with over 800 million views and counting.

Question is, what will Psy be doing for the rest of the 55-minute showcase?

Entertainment News:

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - South Korean rap star Psy's music video "Gangnam Style" on Saturday became the most watched item ever posted to YouTube with more than 800 million views, edging past Canadian teen star Justin Bieber's 2-year-old video for his song "Baby."

The milestone was the latest pop culture victory for Psy, 34, a portly rap singer known for his slicked-back hair and comic dance style who has become one of the most unlikely global stars of 2012.

Psy succeeded with a video that generated countless parodies and became a media sensation. He gained more fame outside his native country than the more polished singers in South Korea's so-called K-Pop style who have sought to win international audiences.

YouTube, in a post on its Trends blog, said "Gangnam Style" on Saturday surpassed the site's previous record holder, Bieber's 2010 music video "Baby," and by mid-day "Gangnam Style" had reached 805 million views, compared to 803 million for "Baby." Within a few hours, "Gangnam Style" had gone up to more than 809 million views.

"Gangnam Style" was first posted to YouTube in July, and by the following month it began to show huge popularity on YouTube with audiences outside of South Korea.
"It's been a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we've ever seen before," said the YouTube blog.

The blog also said the "velocity" of the video's popularity has been unprecedented for YouTube.

In his "Gangnam Style" video the outlandishly dressed, sunglass-wearing Psy raps in Korean and dances in the style of an upper-crust person riding an invisible horse.

The song is named after the affluent Gangnam District of Seoul and it mocks the rampant consumerism of that suburb. Psy, whose real name is Park Jai-sang, is no stranger to wealth as his father is chairman of a South Korean semiconductor company.

His parents sent him to business school in the United States but he confesses that he bought musical instruments with his tuition money. He later graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and won fame in South Korea with his 2001 debut album.

The viral success of "Gangnam Style" on YouTube also has translated into strong record sales. In late September, the song jumped to the top of the British pop charts and it also has sold well in other countries.

Popular parodies of the "Gangnam Style" video included one featuring the University of Oregon's duck mascot, and another done in the "Star Trek" language Klingon.

The official YouTube view count for Gangnam Style represents only the figure for the original video posted to the site, but copycat versions, parodies and videos by people commenting on the song have been posted to the site and elsewhere on the Web.

Counting all those different versions, "Gangnam Style" and its related videos have more than 2.2 billion views across the Internet, said Matt Fiorentino, spokesman for the online video tracking firm Visible Measures.

"Without the dance, I don't think it would have been as big as it is," Fiorentino said. "And the other thing is, Psy has a unique sense of humor which comes through in the video. He doesn't take himself too seriously."

SEOUL: Psy made his quirky debut in South Korea's K-pop industry back in 2001 but it wasn't until July that he began shooting to global fame with "Gangnam Style" -- now the most-watched video of all time on YouTube.

A rare sense of humour and irony distinguished the chubby rapper, now 34, from his peers in the manufactured world of K-pop and made him an unlikely worldwide success.
As of Sunday "Gangnam Style" -- whose wacky music and dance moves mock the hedonistic lifestyle of the upmarket southern Seoul neighbourhood -- had registered almost 814 million views in four months.

The video has inspired thousands of online imitations of Psy's famous horse-ride dance, and flash mobs of tens of thousands in Paris, Rome and Milan.
The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard's pop chart for seven weeks in a row after sweeping the charts in countries including Australia and Britain.
World figures swept up in the fever include UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, who either tried out the dance or marvelled at its popularity.
Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, gained the ultimate showbiz accolade by teaming up with Madonna in the pop diva's concert and performing a special version of "Gangnam Style" with MC Hammer in the American Music Awards.

YouTube called the music video -- which Saturday overtook Justin Bieber's "Baby" in number of views -- "a massive hit at a global level unlike anything we've ever seen before". noted it racked up the YouTube milestone in about four months compared to more than two years for "Baby", calling it "nothing short of a pop culture phenomenon".

Psy's dramatic rise has been viewed with a mixture of pride and surprise in his home country, whose music industry has long been dominated by prettified, highly-manufactured girl and boy bands.

Having taken Asia by storm over the past decade with bubblegum hooks and dance moves staged with military precision, K-pop in recent years has garnered a small but growing fan base among teenagers in parts of Europe and America.

But none has come close to the worldwide popularity of the homely Psy.

"Psy is right at the opposite of our typical K-pop stars who are extremely preened and whose every single move is strictly dictated by their agent," prominent music critic Kang Hun told AFP.

Humour, especially satire, is rare in the mainstream Korean music scene and that, coupled with Psy's embrace of his anti-pop idol looks, has set him apart.

The singer, well known at home for his humorous and explosive stage performances, has long been a somewhat provocative figure in Korea.

He was once convicted in Seoul of smoking marijuana. Several of his earlier songs and music videos were banned for those aged under 18 because of what state censors deemed to be overly sexual lyrics or bad language.

In 2007 Psy was forced to serve a second period of compulsory military service after it was revealed that he had continued with his showbiz interests during his first two-year stint.

"Psy has long had very freewheeling, humorous and even provocative elements in his songs which are utterly lacking in most young K-pop idols," Kang said.

"I think 'Gangnam Style' is a pinnacle of such a humourous, non-serious bad-boy style of his. And apparently people around the world can relate to his self-deprecating sense of humour."
Psy himself says he invites laughter and not ridicule.

"My motto is to be funny, but not stupid," he once said in an interview with Yonhap news agency.

It remains to be seen if "Gangnam Style" will prove anything more than a one-hit wonder. Psy is set to release a new album in English and Korean early next year which will be distributed globally.

But even if it takes off, it will be hard to replicate the success of "Gangnam Style", said Han Koo-Hyun, the head of the Korean Wave Research Institute.

"His next song will be able to rack up at least hundreds of millions of views due to the popularity of 'Gangnam Style' but will never be more popular than 'Gangnam Style', said Han.

"This is too huge a success to accomplish twice."

 K-pop sensation Psy (C) performs the "Gangnam Style" dance with 
Mark Webber (L) and Sebastian Vettel before the start of the Korean Grand Prix on October 14. 
Psy admitted that he was staggered by his new-found global fame
 as he brought his signature horse dance to his home grand prix on Sunday.


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SINGAPORE - The adrenaline from Gangnam Style Psy's concert last Saturday at Marina Bay Sands has not dissipated for 10-year-old student Calvin Go, who was part of the opening act.

During a group picture-taking session after the concert, the superstar casually draped an arm around the young dancer's shoulders.

Calvin was one of 26 performers picked out of 149 people by youth performing arts centre O School for the opening act, in which they performed Gangnam Style.

He says: "I was really excited. Dancing in Psy's concert is already such a privilege, what more standing next to him? He told all the dancers that we did a good job.

"He was very friendly, not like people who get famous and do not want to take pictures with you."

Calvin's mother, housewife Angela Go, 48, who was with him during the photo-taking, says: "He got some teasing later from his cousin and sisters. They told him that he cannot bathe or wash the T-shirt because Psy placed his hand there."

Calvin ignored their advice but sported another Gangnam Style T-shirt with a cartoon of Psy on it a day after the concert.

Although it is not his first time performing on stage, the concert last Saturday - with an audience of 4,000 - was the biggest turnout he had ever encountered.

Calvin adds: "I have never experienced anything like this. I was dancing in the second row and it was pressurising to look at the crowd. I cannot imagine what it was like in the first row."

On the day of the show, he repeatedly went over the steps in his head and listened to the song over and over again.

The pupil at Tao Nan School, who started learning hip-hop two years ago, had seven big fans of his own in the audience - from his grandmother, who is in her 70s, to his 16-year-old cousin.

His mother says: "We were all shocked that he was able to get this little limelight next to a world-famous star."

She adds proudly: "I was my son's camera-woman and I took at least a hundred photos."