December 31, 2012

For a lot of reasons, the New Year’s Eve countdown in Times Square remains one of those iconic celebrations that probably helped convince millions of tourists they needed to move to New York in the first place. It sort of sounds like a blast, too, because what better way to ring in 2013 than with Carly Rae Jepsen and Ryan Seacrest? But there may be an even better reason to eschew that rat-infused Bushwick warehouse for something a lot more mainstream: According to Psy, tonight may be the last time we see “Gangnam Style” for quite some time. “The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period,” he told MTV. “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.’ I mean, what better way to do it? It’s my biggest and most meaningful birthday.”

Of course, you’ll still have the YouTube, which is well over a billion views after claiming the mantle of highest viewed video, ever. And you’ll still have athletes, and precocious babies, and aggravating frat dudes, and plenty of other people who will gleefully deign to perform the dance as poorly as they can from now until eternity. You just won’t have ol’ Psy himself to kick around these parts anymore, for better or worse. Which might not be a bad creative decision; now, he can really work on indulging those anti-American sentiments like the anarchist teenager in all of us is hoping for. Hey, there’s already precedent for it. (Watch until 3:20)

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