뮤직: 강남 스타일

I discovered the video in August 2012. I think now is the right time for me to post a review about it. Now that the whole craziness around it has calmed down.  The first time I saw it, I was speechless. “What did I just watch?” that is what was going through my mind. The video itself was an endless collection of crazy images or situations. The chubby Psy image totally breaks with the main stream singers image, rather tall, slim and handsome. And the dance move is quite ridiculous. I guess it’s all about the confidence with which it is executed. The video features Hwang Min Wu as Little Psy, Yu Jae Seok (it actually took me a while to recognize him), No Hong Cheol and Kim Hyeon Ah, as the ultimate sexy lady. Actually, you can actually watch her Oppa, You’re Just My Style video which is the female version of Gangnam Style, basically.

What I am quite impressed with is the performance in terms of views and sells and the worldwide media coverage. I even got an overdose of Psy!!! The video broke all possible records, reaching 1 billion views in December 2012. and now has past 1.5 billions views. It would have reached it earlier if people wouldn’t re-upload on YouTube successful videos all the time.

I would make a special comment here: People need to realize that by re-uploading people’s work, especially when they made the original video content available worldwide to the public, they not only violate the creator copyrights but also steal money from them. How? Well, YouTube remunerates up-loaders that have successful videos by sharing the benefits of advertisement with them. So let’s take  the Gangnam Style video example. At some point, several people re-uploaded it and one of the re-upload reached over 125,000,000 views. That is as much view counts that are stolen from Psy’s original video. You may say, well it’s Psy, he’s got money. Maybe, but people also do it with artists that don’t have as much coverage and for them the damage is much bigger. It becomes especially ridiculous when people re-upload content, add their own logo on it and then in the comment box say “I don’t own the rights”, “all the rights to the creator”. Most of the time, people don’t even put a link to the original content as if they made it themselves. The damage is not tangible and they may do it innocently but they have to realize that re-uploading the videos is as if they’d steal money directly from the creator’s pockets. You want to download the video for your personal use, fine. But don’t re-upload it. As a creator myself, I can only encourage people to always share the original content’s link or get official consent for re-uploading. Users should also support their favorite artists by boycotting the “wannabe”. I also totally understand when videos are put down by YouTube upon creators’ requests. As you read this, over a dozen people have re-uploaded Gentleman deducting millions of view counts for the original Psy video content which nonetheless has reach the 10 million bar in one day…  :(

Coming back to Gangnam Style… Viewing the Making-Of, I think Psy is the one having the most fun here. You can feel that the idea comes from him and he is eager to share his little craziness with others…

오빤 강남스타일 강남스타일

낮에는 따사로운 인간적인 여자
커피 한잔의 여유를 아는 품격 있는 여자
밤이 오면 심장이 뜨거워지는 여자
그런 반전 있는 여자

나는 사나이
낮에는 너만큼 따사로운 그런 사나이
커피 식기도 전에 원샷 때리는 사나이
밤이 오면 심장이 터져버리는 사나이
그런 사나이

아름다워 사랑스러워
그래 너 hey 그래 바로 너 hey X2
지금부터 갈 데까지 가볼까

오빤 강남스타일 강남스타일 X2
오빤 강남스타일
Hey Sexy Lady 오빤 강남스타일
Hey Sexy Lady Hey hey hey hey hey

정숙해 보이지만 놀 땐 노는 여자
이때다 싶으면 묶었던 머리 푸는 여자
가렸지만 웬만한 노출보다 야한 여자
그런 감각적인 여자

나는 사나이
점잖아 보이지만 놀 땐 노는 사나이
때가 되면 완전 미쳐버리는 사나이
근육보다 사상이 울퉁불퉁한 사나이
그런 사나이

아름다워 사랑스러워
그래 너 hey 그래 바로 너 hey X2
지금부터 갈 데까지 가볼까

오빤 강남스타일 강남스타일 X2
오빤 강남스타일
Hey Sexy Lady 오빤 강남스타일
Hey Sexy Lady Hey hey hey hey hey

뛰는 놈 그 위에 나는 놈
Baby baby 나는 뭘 좀 아는 놈
뛰는 놈 그 위에 나는 놈
Baby baby 나는 뭘 좀 아는 놈
You know what I’m saying

Hey Sexy Lady 오빤 강남스타일
Hey Sexy Lady Hey hey hey hey hey
오빤 강남스타일

Psy - Gangnam Style

Translation Verse 1
A girl who is warm and humanle during the day
A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist
I’m a real guy
A real guy who is as warm as you during the day
A real guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A real guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Translation Verse 2
A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensible girl like that
I’m a real guy
A real guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A real guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes
A real guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

Translation Bridge
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

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