Is PSY retiring "Gangnam Style," one of the most memorable tracks of 2012, in the United States?
The South Korean rapper reunited with MC Hammer for what may be his final performance of the record-breaking dance hit on the annual "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" event at Times Square in New York City on December 31 to help ring in the new year. PSY also celebrated his 35th birthday and got a shout-out from the crowd, by request of host Ryan Seacrest.
"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,'" PSY told MTV News in an interview published earlier that day. "I mean, what better way to do it? It's my biggest and most meaningful birthday."
"The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period," he added. "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 ... I'll be in Paris, and in February I got invited to perform in China, and I've still got to do promo. 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."
PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang and whose stage name is short for "PSYcho," and Hammer had first performed "Gangnam Style" together at the 2012 American Music Awards in November.
PSY has performed the hit, which comes with its own "Pony" dance that resembles horseback-riding, many times at major public events and U.S. television shows since its music clip was posted on YouTube on July 15 and went viral, making him a global sensation.
On December 20, the video broke a Guinness World Record to become the first YouTube clip to pass the 1 billion mark in total views. As of Tuesday, January 1, the "Gangnam Style" YouTube video has been viewed more than 1.1 billion times.
Watch a video of PSY's and MC Hammer's performance of "Gangnam Style" at "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on December 31 and the original music video below.