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Psy, Walk Off The Earth pursue new viral success

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Burlington, Ont.-based band Walk Off The Earth scored 2012's second biggest viral video hit with its cover version of Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know. The group scored more online hits in Canada that the Aussie singer himself, according to YouTube.

Not content to rest on their laurels, the band's members are now out to knock Taylor Swift off her perch with an innovative rendition of her I Knew You Were Trouble When I Met You. Check out the one-take wonder above. But Walk Off the Earth isn't all cover songs — the band recently released a four-song EP of original material called R.E.V.O.

Moving on is also on the mind of online sensation Psy.

 PsyPsy performs Gangnam Style in New York on New Year's Eve. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press)

The past year's top viral video was, of course, his Gangnam Style, on which he pony-danced around the world. Still, before he performed his hit in New York on New Year's Eve, the South Korean singer mused to MTV about retiring the song that's been the champion earworm of 2012.

"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," he told MTV. Psy turned 35 on Dec. 31.

Psy doesn't really mean he'll never do Gangnam Style again — after all, he's already committed to perform it countless times around the globe in 2013. Instead, he's rightly worried about the lifespan of his only hit, saying it's "too popular," especially in North America. He plans to seize his moment in the spotlight to promote his own new music. The K-Pop star says he's now at work on a new single he hopes will have equal appeal.

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