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“One Pound Fish” on its way to becoming the next “Gangnam Style”?

Something’s fishy.

In December, Korean pop artist PSY retired his hit “Gangnam Style” and performed it for what could be the last time during “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” saying, “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.'"

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However, it was only a matter of time before a new clip barreled to the forefront of viral videos and it looks like Muhammad Shahid Nazir (also known as £1 Fish Man) and his clip “One Pound Fish” may be that video.


Posted less than a month ago on Dec. 10, “One Pound Fish” has gone on to earn more than 13.5 million views (the original clip is not far behind with more than 8.8 million views) and is sitting at No. 30 on YouTube's 100 Most Viewed Video's list for the week of Jan. 8.

Nazir is a Pakistani fish salesman based in London's East End who auditioned for “The X Factor UK” in 2012 and received one “yes” vote from the judges before ultimately being rejected after singing “One Pound Fish.”

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However, his time on “The X Factor UK” wasn’t entirely fruitless as Nazir subsequently received an offer from Warner Music to professionally record his tune, which peaked at No. 28 on the UK music charts.

According to NPR, Nazir came up with the song as an alternative to shouting about the fish that he was selling at Queen's Market in London, saying, “On the spot, God put the idea in my mind, I started on the spot... 'Come on Ladies, Come on Ladies, one pound fish.'"

He added, “Even the customers said, ‘If you don't sing the song, we will not buy the fish.’"

The 31-year-old singer is planning to release his viral tune soon in Europe and the United States and is in the process of putting together his first album.

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