The YouTube sensation known as Psy, aka Park Jae-sang, is best known for his silly horse moves in "Gangnam Style." But recently unearthed images reveal the singer with the most popular video on YouTube also has a reportedly anti-American past.
"Gangnam Style" is a K-pop single by the South Korean musician PSY (short for psycho). The song was released in July 2012 as the lead single of his sixth studio album PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1, and debuted at number one on South Korea's Gaon Chart. On December 21, 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the first online video to record a billion hits on the Internet. As of February 1, 2013, the music video has been viewed over 1.25 billion times on YouTube, and it is the site's most watched video after surpassing Justin Bieber's single "Baby".
While the internet is no stranger to viral YouTube videos, “Gangnam Style” has shown rare endurance for a one-hit wonder. Where other videos are quick to drop off the radar, “Gangnam Style” seems to multiply its supporters with each passing week – the quirky k-pop hit has continued to thrive long after many pundits have predicted its end – this astonishing achievement has redefined the very notion of viral video success.
But how did it become so popular?