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PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become such an international phenomenon that the South Korean pop star was invited to speak at Oxford earlier this week.
“It’s an honor,” the singer, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, said at the Oxford Union club, reports the AFP. “It’s kind of weird - why did they call me?”
John Seung-yoon Lee, who is south Korean and the president of the prestigious Union, had invited PSY to speak. “The president and Psy are both from Gangnam - the area (of the South Korean capital Seoul) where the eponymous hit song takes its name,” a spokesman explained.
PSY promised that he is already working on his next track. “The next one’s going to be successful because of me; I’m going to be more ridiculous,” he said, according to The Telegraph. He added that it will be “half in Korean and half in English so maybe you will understand the lyrics more.”
He also noted that he was completely surprised by the song’s worldwide success. “Suddenly I thought, 'What is going on?' There were English comments, and Asian people were fighting over my nationality. 'Is he Chinese? Is he Korean? Is he Japanese?'” he said, reports Digital Spy. “Then BBC, CNN are making reports [on] me. I received [a] phone call from Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. I told him, 'If you're Justin Bieber's manager, I'm Justin Bieber'. I made him email me pictures to prove who he was. I had to apologize.”
PSY also encouraged Union members to dance, teaching them how to do the famous horse riding move in the video.
The original “Gangnam Style” video, which has inspired thousands of parodies, is already up to 680 million views on YouTube and has been liked 4.9 million times.
Meanwhile, in the US, Billboard reports that “Gangnam Style” has just spent its seventh consecutive week at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart. The single has been locked in a battle with Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” which has held the top spot for the past eight weeks.