GONE VIRAL: PSY's hit song 'Gangnam Style' inspires University of Michigan students to dance on Diag
There's no escaping it, the latest internet dance craze has reached Ann Arbor and is coming to a Diag near you. Haven't heard the K-Pop song produced by South Korean rapper PSY (pronounced “sigh”) yet? Well, turn up the volume on your speakers and click play on the video below, but be warned: "Gangnam Style" may be stuck in your head for the next few hours:
To date, the song has garnered more than 220 millions views on YouTube, thousands of parody videos from those produced for weddings to one by the U.S. Naval Academy, and even controversy after several Los Angeles lifeguards were fired for their video interpretation.
Now the University of Michigan is getting in on the action with the Nam Center for Korean Studies hosting a parody contest giveaway and a student flash mob in the works. Will a half-time show featuring the U-M marching band be next?
The success of the video hasn't been limited to YouTube, however, as the song now tops the iTunes sales chart and is quickly climbing the Billboard top 100. Surprised by the popularity of the song? So is the 35-year-old artist who explained that it was "the dance and the humor that ultimately led to its overcoming of language barriers."
Have you mastered the dance? Send us a link to your "Gangnam Style" video in the comments below or on Twitter.