South Korean rapper Psy and his song “Gangnam Style” seem to become famous in Japan too. Last week, “Gangnam Style” has ranked No. 1 on YouTube Japan, as it was the most-played video.
Psy’s hit was uploaded for the first time on YouTube in July and since then it became one of the fastest spread video in the history of the Internet. It recently smashed a record for being the first video to have 1 billion views on YouTube.
However, Japan did not seem to follow the horse dancing craze until recently, when Japanese fans seemed to get infected too with the Gangnam fever, just like the rest of the world, the international press comments.
Although Psy has been promoting himself all around the globe in Europe, North and South America and parts of Asia, he has not focused on promotions in Japan, which could explain Gangnam’s relatively low popularity in the country.
Two months ago, South Korean fans were speculating that the territorial dispute over a group of islands between the two countries might be the reason behind the cold reaction of the Japanese to Psy’s worldwide success.
Various Japanese music blogs have even suggestedthat the Korean singer got his huge success on YouTube thanks to users in his country who are using automated page refreshing applications, known as “bots”.
Some even called the dance as “F5 style”, referring to the keyboard used to refresh web pages.