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'Gangnam Style' takes world by storm

Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Olympic rhythmic gymnasts have joined the list of devotees to "Gangnam Style," South Korean pop star Psy's international hit dance craze song.

The song went viral when it was released in mid-July and has amassed more than 370 million views on YouTube, Sky News Australia reported.

Olympic rhythmic gymnasts from across the world gathered in Seoul Friday to dance to the latest K-pop hits, including "Gangnam Style."

South Korean Olympic rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae said she was surprised how quickly everyone grasped the style.

"I did not think they would get familiar with K-pop dancing in two, three days. But they could follow the dance style as soon as they saw the video. They dance to K-pop very well, some of them dance better than me," she said.

In the Philippines, 900 inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, who gained fame in 2007 with a rendition of "Thriller" that went viral, danced to the song for a YouTube video, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Warden Romeo Manansala said tourists are welcome to see a performance on the last Saturday of every month at the penitentiary in the central island province of Cebu.

"We're always SRO [standing room only]," Manansala said.

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