The Gangnam Style phenomenon has been one of 2012’s most significant popular trends, but after tonight you may be hearing a lot less of it, if singer Psy has anything to say about it. Psy will be performing the song tonight on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but after that he’s ready to put the massive hit behind him…at least in the United States.
Psy said in a post on MTV.com, “The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period. 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 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.”
Tonight’s Times Square performance is meaningful not only because it is, as Psy puts it, “the biggest stage in the universe,” and because we are bidding farewell to 2012—the year that Gangnam Style broke pretty much every YouTube record out there—but also because it is the singer’s 35th birthday. “It may be the ending of ‘Gangnam Style’,” says Psy, “[and] I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”
Psy says in the video below, from MTV News, that his next single will be in English and may incorporate some of his “old moves” (could be a bird dance if we’re lucky!), but aside from that the new single is a mystery. Will it have what it takes to be as successful as Gangnam Style or will Psy be a one hit wonder in the US? What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.