You're right pshrg, well spotted. Still, I didn't want to recycle a spurious news report about someone's death without some more concrete confirmation.
I completely agree. The only reason I mentioned those numbers was, as you said, if one was basing their assumption on YouTube alone, One Direction would seem like a sure-thing. And that was obviously true as plenty of people made that very assumption, suggesting that for the people confounded by SNSD's win, YouTube was their primary source.
On the topic of other video portals, though, I'd like to gratuitously shout out to Nico Nico Douga and the dance videos of Furukawa Mirin. Since she joined Dempagumi.inc they've stopped but her archives are all online and I have lost literally hours of my life in that particular void.
Valid points, CharlieKelly, although this was really just supposed to be a joke response. I'm afraid I'd need far more than 32 or 49 or 100 items on a list if I was gonna have a serious go at accurately defining Australia.
I am from Victoria. Please forgive my regional bias, although honestly all ball sports look the same to me. If it doesn't involve lattes and knitted scarves I'm pretty much oblivious.
Egads, Matthew, you're right! Good lookin' out.
I don't know, I've always thought of PSY as like a cross between Rick Ross and LMFAO, persona-wise. Visually and lyrically this might as well be "Champagne Showers" and the idea that he can be a fat asshole who still gets women because of his charisma and wealth was prominent in 'Gangnam Style' as well. Misogynistic, sure, but hardly out of character. As for whether it'll hurt his chances in America, one could point to all the rampant, sexist shit currently charting across the country, although most of it is far less immediate and explicit than pulling someone's chair from beneath them and then pushing them over again when they try to get up. Systemic sexism, stuff like objectification, is in the boundary of acceptability in American pop culture, but this is probably too far. It's not a stretch to imagine 'Gentleman' becoming known as "that video where PSY fucks with all the women," as opposed to the innocuous notoriety of the horse dance with 'Gangnam Style', and that's probably gonna hurt him.
The nod to Brown Eyed Girls was nice, though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofwFr8o8p0Y