Finally, I'll write something about Gangnam Style. A lot of white people who live in Korea tend to hate K-pop. In the venn diagram of things, the usual male English teacher in Korea hails from musical interests that tends to scorn anything top ten. The constant bitch from people like us it that K-pop is just mass produced fake bullshit. To some extent that argument is sound, but it is also a cliche and predictable refrain. You can pre-empt any conversation about K-pop with a straight white guy in Korea by saying key words like: plastic, fake, crap, mass produced, corporate, and you can even test your opponent's sanity by dropping the i-bomb as in Illuminati. (Shit, I bet I'm going to get people who googled "Illuminati," dropping by now.)
Many people have already noted that Psy's success must be the utmost shit sandwich for anybody from the big Korean record companies who thought that one of their mini-skirt squads would make it big in the states. Delusional thinking by S.M. entertainment prompted them to send over nine girls to get leered at by Dave Letterman, Regis Philban, and Bill Murray.
My personal favorite case of schadenfreude is the one that Park Jin Young must be feeling. He sent The Wondergirls over to America to become the next big thing, without understanding that girl groups are about fifteen years late in places that aren't Asia. Besides that, there have never really been too many successful girl groups in America. Sure there was Ace of Base and the Spice Girls. En Vogue was pretty awesome but they only had three big songs. (They also showed more skin in 1996 than the Wonder Girls will ever be willing to do.)
Also what must be extraordinarily bitter for everyone on the the Wonder Girls and Girls Generation band wagons is the crazy positioning of Hyun-ah. Hyun-ah, the former Wonder Girl. Hyuna-ah, the girl who at 17 years old made the song "Change," the song that made the puritanical "Brian In Jeollanamdo," loose his shit and empty his lube tube. Hyun-ah, who lit up the blogosophere again earlier this year with people calling her a stripper, for her role in the song "Trouble Maker." (I have to admit to being a fan of "Trouble Maker," that whistle beat is pretty cool.) I called it too. Sure she has that whole sexy thing working for her, but the girl can spot an opportunity and follow through, and there she was in the "Gangnam Style," video, in the subway looking all hot and doing the horse dance next to Psy. Where were the other Wonder Girls? Where was Jessica and Taeyeon? They weren't anywhere. And now Hyuna, is the it girl in the number #2 billboard song. Let me rephrase that - the Kpop song that isn't translated into English - that is also the number #2 billboard song. Take that S.M. and J.Y.P. entertainment.