Here’s a new way to clear a room at your next party. Raise your cocktail in the air and enthusiastically shout, “Anyone want to see Psy topless?!”
In case you’re still using AOL 5.0 with a 56k dialup modem, Psy is the South Korean rapper who has infiltrated the U.S. pop music world at large with his internet hit “Gangnam Style” and that uber-novel galloping “horse dance” move on view everywhere—from exclusive Hollywood clubs to middle America frat houses.
If that all that information still means nothing to you, Psy is something of a William Hung/Rebecca Black surprise phenomenon, except with less point-and-laugh ridicule, and more digi-swag. Think the K-Pop “Macarena” of our generation that has everyone doing the same particular dance.
We’ve already gotten fairly intimate with the song digitally—its hit #1 on the iTunes music store and set a Guiness World Record for Most YouTube Likes, but that’s apparently not up close and personal enough physically for Psy.
"If it ranks number one in the Billboard chart, then I will perform 'Gangnam Style' topless in a place where everyone can watch," Psy told a recent news conference on his return from the United States.
It’s a ridiculous little publicity stunt, but what isn’t ridiculous about Psy? The 34-year-old newly international superstar owns every ounce of silliness that makes up his current image and has summed up his style as such: “dress classy, dance cheesy…Honestly, I like being ‘second class’…I was born ‘B’ class.”
Psy is currently planning to release a new record this November under the direction of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.