‘Gangnam Style’ reaches 2-billion views milestone



The video for “Gangnam Style,” the 2012 viral song that made Korean rapper Psy a global star, has achieved another world record by garnering 2 billion views on YouTube.

It has also amassed 8.3 million likes and 5.18 million comments as of this writing.

The milestone was reached on May 31, a year and 10 months after it was uploaded on YouTube in July 2012.

Gangnam Style” is the title track of Psy’s album “Psy 6 Part 1″ which was released on July 15, 2012. The quirky music video became viral after several international celebrities took notice.

American rapper T-Pain took to Twitter to comment how “amazing” it is. Singer Josh Groban, on the other hand, tweeted, “It’s a Gangnam Style world, we’re just living in it.”

Guinness World Records declared “Gangnam Style” the most liked video in YouTube history in September 2012. It reached 100 million views on YouTube the same month.

The song spawned parodies, with other artists, including Grammy winner Nelly Furtado, performing their own version of it.

In October 2012, “Gangnam Style” climbed to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed on the spot for weeks.

The same month, its music video earned 500 million views on YouTube. Psy then graced the cover of Billboard magazine.

The following month, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism bestowed on Psy the Order of Cultural Merit for his contribution to spreading hallyu or Korean Wave.

Gangnam Style” became the third bestselling single in the world in 2012 with 9.7 million copies sold, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

It also won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2012, New Media at the American Music Awards, and Song of the Year and Best Video at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2012.

Last year, it won the Music Video of the Year and International Song of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards in France and Digital Daesang at the Golden Disk Awards held in Malaysia.


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Louis Vuitton x Terence Koh for Dover Street Market Ginza


Luxurious French fashion house Louis Vuitton has teamed up with artist Terence Koh on a limited edition collection exclusively sold at Dover Street Market Ginza. The three-piece collection includes a nautical striped T-shirt, a long-sleeved button-up shirt and a biker jacket. All garments combine the opulent quality of Louis Vuitton’s designs with Koh’s quirky embroidered appliques.Koh’s artistic embellishments include what looks like a narwhal, a pair of bunny rabbits sat with the fashion house’s name, and an exquisitely intricate double-oval design which features on the back of the biker jacket.
The collection drops at Dover Street Market Ginza on Friday, June 6.
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Roadworks video hints at why everything runs so smoothly in Japan

When people visit Japan, they often marvel at how great the service everywhere is. Trains run on time; a guy pops out of a little hatch like a station ninja when you’re struggling with a ticket vending machine; packages come precisely when they’re supposed to, and even if you miss them you can just call the driver on their mobile phone to arrange a new delivery time.

Day in, day out, stuff just works. And yet, unlike the many foreigners who live here, native Japanese take this all completely in their stride. Take this video, for example, which was taken by a foreigner living and uploaded to YouTube a couple of weeks ago…

On the surface, it’s little more than some high-speed footage of three men repairing a stretch of pavement in suburban Japan. But when you look at the care and attention these men are putting into their work and how neat and tidy they’re keeping the surrounding area throughout, it’s just astounding to watch from a non-Japanese perspective.


CLOT (Hong Kong) Summer 2014 Collection


Hong Kong-based design/retail polymaths CLOT have just shared their Summer 2014 collection. Split into two deliveries – the first on May 30, the second on June 13—the story is mostly one of snapbacks and T-shirts, with some shorts, shirts and workpants thrown in to complete the range of looks on offer. Metallic typography features heavily across the tees, while the pants have some nice lined cuffs and the button-down shirts feature an interesting patchwork detail.
Browse the whole range in CLOT’s own JUICE stores across Asia, details of which you can find here.
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“Tokyo: The Peculiar Traveler”

Some of the places you’ll see:

Tokyo Skytree
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Shrine
Park Hyatt
Robot Restaurant
Sushi Ichi
Mori Tower
Cat Street


Artist Profile: Takashi Murata’s “Melter 3-D” melting sculpture





At Frieze New York 2014, Ratio 3 debuted Melter 3-D, a sculptural animation by Takeshi Murata. Presented as a single object under controlled lighting, Melter 3-D is a metallic sphere that produces the illusion of perpetual liquid flow across its surface. Combining Murata’s recent three-dimensional rendering with his ongoing series of animations of hypnotic liquidity, Melter 3-D blends Murata’s unique animation aesthetic with classical sculpture, creating an entirely new experience of animation in the round.


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Chinese designer depicts Eastern vs. Western human behaviors in clever pictographs



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We almost wonder whether Yang Liu, a Beijing-born designer who has lived in Germany since 1990, was tripping when she put together these hip, riddle-like pictographs that abstractly convey behavioral differences between Westerners and Easterns; or more specifically, Germans and Chinese.

Relying on her experiences in Europe and China, Liu put together these clever designs that are a sort of Rorschach test for which region you identify with. We found ourselves staring and trying to figure out what they stood for, then nodding in agreement about one side or the other, but not always the side Liu expected us to identify with.

Of course, it’s never good to make gross generalizations about entire groups of people – we’re sure there are a lot of Germans who do sort of meander around what they really want to say hoping the listener will get the hint, and we have plenty of Chinese friends who actually do know how to line up properly. So, do take these with a grain of salt.

Most of these are pretty easy to figure out at a glance, but a few require some deeper thinking, so we’ll be putting the explanations for the photos after each one rather than before. Germany is represented on the left (in blue), while China is on the right (in red):


cul14How they prefer to approach problems.

cul1How they give opinions.

culHow they form lines.

cul2How they see themselves.

cul3How they feel about showing up on time.

cul4Patterns for how they form human connections.



cul5How they express their feelings.




cul8What the street looks like on a Sunday (apparently).

cul9What a party might look like from above.

cul10Noise levels in a restaurant.



cul12How they capture memories.



cul13Ideals of beauty (with Germans preferring women with darker skin and Chinese putting fair-skinned women on a pedestal).



cul15Temperatures of a typical day of meals.



cul16Preferred transportation.



cul17How typical old folks like to spend their days.



cul18Bathing preferences.



cul19How they feel about weather.



cul20How the boss is treated.



cul21Food trends.



cul22The role of a child.



cul23How people feel about triangles. (Just kidding, it’s how they feel about trendy consumer goods.)

cul24How each group stereotypes the other.


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