Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Gangnam Style Riding to HK

Psy's horse-riding dance has millions of fans
Hong Kong is going nuts over the news that South Korean pop sensation Psy will be coming here on November 30 for the Mnet Asian Music Awards at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, became an internet hit thanks to his style of dance that involves jumping around in a suit and waving his arms as if riding a horse. He says the point of Gangnam style is to "dress classy and act cheesy".

His video and single Gangnam Style has been a hit all over the world, and he's made TV appearances teaching Britney Spears how to dance in her platform heels on Ellen DeGeneres' show and gave New York a wake-up call with a live performance at Rockefeller Plaza on the Today Show.

And now with his upcoming visit to Hong Kong, concert organizers and shopping malls are trying to hire him for promotional events here. One industry insider said it could cost up to $700,000 -- yes in US dollars -- to hire Psy to appear for 30 minutes in a show in a mall.

He seems very charming and his relatively good English will get him far, as he studied for four years at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

So we shall see what happens next month as Gangnam Style fever grows in Hong Kong.

Maybe he can swing by Beijing and teach soon-to-be President Xi Jinping a few dance moves too.

Now that would be a show stopper.

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