'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Superstar Psy to Play Free Concert in Midtown

By Mathew Katz on September 12, 2012 10:52am 

MIDTOWN — "Gangnam Style" is coming to the Big Apple.

Psy, the South Korean superstar behind the massively popular song and music video, will perform a free concert at Rockefeller Center for the TODAY show Friday morning.

The concert kicks off outside of the morning show's studios at West 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza at 8 a.m., but crazed K-Pop fans are likely to flood the area early in the morning, as access to the concert is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Psy rocketed to worldwide superstardom after "Gangnam Style" arrived on YouTube in July. The hit is currently the No. 1 music video on the site, with more than 150 million views as of Wednesday.

The video features the rapper performing the "horse dance," a move in which he gallops and twirls an invisible lasso.

Both the song and video lampoon the posh lifestyle of Seoul's Gangnam District, and show Psy spying on a women's yoga class, popping out of a hot tub, walking away from an explosion, falling in love with a girl on the subway, and getting into a dance-off with a yellow suit-wearing rival.

The offbeat wackiness of the video has prompted hundreds of fan remakes and parodies.

Psy's visit to TODAY caps off a week of high-profile American media appearances, including a spot on "Ellen," where he taught pop star Britney Spears and host Ellen DeGeneres how to do his signature dance.

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