South Korean rapper Psy and his breakout single “Gangnam Style” were everywhere in 2012, and Psy knows better than anyone you’re probably sick of it.
“Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is already special,” Psy told MTV. “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.’ I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”
“Gangnam Style” became a global phenomenon in 2012, cementing its place in history as the first video to ever top one billion views on YouTube. Psy’s signature moves were copied by everyone from Madonna to Hugh Jackman to the cast of “Glee.” Even President Obama weighed in on “Gangnam” hysteria.
“The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period,” Psy acknowledges. “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.”