Reps: South Korea
The intriguing aspect of PSY’s out-of-nowhere ascendance on the pop culture food chain is that the man himself is in on the joke. Proof? His just-add-water-and-spoof video for his massive anthem “Gangnam Style”. That absurd pony dance. His string of seemingly endless cheeky television appearances (the peak of the madness so far has been PSY’s surprise appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, in which guest host and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane pushes a magic red button and out comes you know who).
But if you are going to be the second-coming of the Baha Men you might as well break some serious records (PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has just reached 824 million views, beating out Justin Bieber’s 803 million) and pull off a feel-good moment by bringing out dance-rap icon MC Hammer during his show-stealing performance on the American Music Awards. It’s a 15-minutes-of-fame run that at least makes you crack a smile.