Psy Receives Double-Edged ‘Celebrity of Year’ Accolade from TIME

TIME magazine named Psy the world’s top “fleeting celebrity” of the year on Tuesday, a tempered compliment for the singer who became a global pop star with his smash hit “Gangnam Style,” which many foreign media have dubbed “Korea’s Macarena.”

Report by Chosun Online

“The earworm beat and the distinctive horse-riding dance that Psy performs in the video combined to make the song a smash. Released in July, the viral sensation mocking Korean-pop cliches has racked up over 800 million views on YouTube, surpassing Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ video to become the most-viewed video of all time,” the magazine wrote.

Gangnam Style came in at No. 2 in the Top 10 Songs and Top 10 Viral Videos. “The fact is that 20 years from now, you’re going to remember this as the song of 2012. The YouTube meme, a good-natured, mind-bendingly catchy lampoon (in Korean!) directed at a particular neighborhood of Seoul, turned into a global obsession.”

Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z who was born on Jan. 7, came in second in the list of Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities, and Priscilla Chan, wife of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was ranked third. Ri Sol-ju, the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, came in ninth.

For its list of the Top 10 Commercials, Time ranked an advert for Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S3 second, while its Galaxy Note 2 came eighth in the Top 10 Gadgets list. The Hollywood blockbuster “Cloud Atlas,” featuring Korean actress Bae Doo-na, topped the magazine’s Worst Movies list.