‘Gangnam Style’ Tops 2 Billion Views as Psy Plots Snoop Dogg-Assisted Return
By Brian Ives
As unbelievable as it may seem, there are some people who haven’t burned out on Psy‘s inescapable 2012 single “Gangnam Style,” and the views that it got over this past weekend (on May 31) pushed the video over the 2 billion views mark, making it the first music video to hit that mark.
Having such a huge breakthrough single can be a double edged sword, particularly when it comes to the follow up. During an interview last year with New York radio station 92.3 AM, PSY explained why he shouldn’t be considered a one-hit wonder.
“After ‘Gangnam Style,’ I hesitated to answer the question ‘What’s next?'” he explained. “Literally, right after that short period of hesitation they started calling me one-hit wonder all over the world. I was like, ‘What do you mean, one-hit wonder?’ I’ve already been in this industry in my country [South Korea] for 12 years.”
To that end, he’s plotting his next big move, a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, called “Hangover.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo will appear on on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on June 8, where they will unveil the song’s music video.
That’s not all. Late last year, it was confirmed that the K-pop star was working with Steven Tyler on new music. It’s unclear, however, whether or not that material will see the light of day. He also released a new song and video, “Gentleman,” that didn’t quite match the success of its predecessor but scored enough hits to sustain a small indie rock band for life, currently sitting at 690 million views on YouTube.