In news I really hope doesn’t turn out to be too good to be true but probably will, Korean pop sensation Psy is claiming that tonight could be the night he retires “Gangnam Style.” Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming.
The singer, who will be performing the song on tonight’s broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, told MTV that he thinks it’s time to end the phenomenon:
“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,’” Psy told MTV News. “I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”
How nice of him to give the world a present like this on his birthday! I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of “Gangnam Style.” Not only am I tired of everyone’s differing pronunciations of the song title. I’m also tired of everyone and their mother trying to do the move. I actually think the song is quite catchy and addictive, and the dance is fun to watch when Psy does it, or when anyone with any dance ability does it, but it’s gotten old. If in ten years I’m at a party and someone starts trying to do the horse dance, I will not be excited. I will, however, be excited to do the Macarena, which is the greatest dance ever invented and should never be forgotten.
Of course, Psy could just be easing our minds going into the new year, because he went back on his word a little in his subsequent comments:
“The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period,” he said. “I’m really working hard on a new single right now, and I’m not saying ['Gangnam'] 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.”
This comment makes me think he knows something we don’t about the world ending tonight (Kim Kardashian is pregnant, after all), and he wants to go out with a bang. I find it hard to believe any artist would think having the most-watched video on YouTube is “too popular.” And sadly, I’m not confident his new single will even come close to the phenomenon of the first.
While we’re making promises going into the new year, can we retire Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” too? Before that song came into my life I didn’t miss it at all.
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