Psy became an internet sensation in 2012 when his “Gangnam Style” video eclipsed 1 billion views on YouTube, but now the artist says he plans to retire the song and come up with a new hit.
“The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period,” said Psy, who performed in Florida last month before about 3,000 fans at University Mall.
“I’m really working hard on a new single right now, and I’m not saying (‘Gangnam’) is ending on Dick Clark — I still have a lot of invitations to perform it in other parts of the world… So let me say that in America I need a new single because ‘Gangnam Style‘ got too popular, so I’ve got to write a new single.”
After performing his signature hit Monday night at Time Square for the new year’s eve, the South Korean rapper told MTV News he’s ready to leave the song behind.
“Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is already special — it’s the biggest stage in the universe — plus it’s my birthday, so, with all that, it may be the ending of ‘Gangnam Style,'” he told the music network. “I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”
Psy rode “Gangnam Style” like a horse to global fame, as the video became a viral sensation — the first clip ever to surpass one billion views on YouTube.