The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Gangnam Style stuck in 2nd on US pop chart


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - South Korean rapper Psy can keep his shirt on after his goofy Gangnam Style failed for a second week running to conquer the summit of Billboard's Hot 100 hit parade, albeit by a slight margin.

The K-Pop superstar had pledged - some might say threatened - to perform his signature horse dance "half-naked" in his home city Seoul if his catchy and kitschy ditty hit number one in the preeminent United States (US) popular music chart.

But alas, he remained stuck in second as Maroon 5 - bolstered by radio play - hung on to the top spot with One More Night, Billboard reported on its website, adding however that the race was "extremely close".

"Clearly, Psy remains in contention for the Hot 100's coveted No. 1 rank next week," the music industry reference said. "Until then, however, because he's just less than tops on the chart, he'll have to keep his shirt on."