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Psy Releases New Song

posted 13 Apr 2013, 06:47 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Apr 2013, 06:48 ]

Horse-riding Korean pop sensation Psy goes for hit number two with release of "Gentleman".

SEOULSOUTH KOREA (APRIL 13, 2013) (REUTERS) - Aiming for a repeat of the megahit "Gangnam Style", Psy releases his new song, "Gentleman".

The video for "Gangnam Style" is the most watched ever on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits, and its horse-riding dance was imitated by thousands around the world, from Eton schoolboys to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Psy, 35, has made clear several times that he is aware of the high expectations, once tweeting a photo of himself in a recording studio with his head in his hands.

"Of course I feel more of a burden than before, because lots of people are watching. But the important thing is when I did TV shows. I dare to say I take into account people at the concert, rather than viewers," Psy told a news conference on Saturday (April 13).

"Gentleman", released on Friday (April 12) at midnight, had more than 900,000 hits on YouTube before the concert.

It was 90th on the Apple iTunes store chart but some third party compilations of iTunes downloads had it edging as high as 20.

The rapper, sometimes called a comedian by foreigners, said it didn't bother him.

"Even local people think I am a comedian. Well, I don't care. Some people say I succeeded because I was funny or because of dance or music video," Psy added.

"Gangnam Style" is written as a commentary of the materialism of life in Seoul's wealthy Gangnam suburb.

Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the United States but had a rocky decade in show business before "Gangnam Style" rocketed him to global fame.

Asked before the concert if he had any message for the leader of North Korea,Kim Jong-un, Psy said it was a tragedy that their country was divided but that he would go on with life.

"That's what my job is all about to make people laugh, make people happy. And hopefully, my Gangnam style and my Gentleman and my music videos and my choreography, hopefully, they might enjoy it, too."

Hours before the concert, about twenty fans gathered in front of the concert venue and danced to "Gangnam Style" while wishing his success.

"Psy earned global fame with the horse dance. I came here with hopes that Gentleman will again surprise the world. I hope all global people can dance Gentleman with us," said 36-year-old fan Choi Da-yeon.

A Music Industry White Paper published by the Korean Creative Content Agencysaid sales of K-pop outside Korea surged 135 percent in 2011 from a year earlier to $196 million. In 2006 overseas sales were worth $16.7 million.

"Gangnam Style" racked up digital sales of 3.59 million in the United States andCanada last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, making it ninth in the best-selling list. It was third on Amazon's MP3 song bestseller list for 2012.

The song has been challenged in recent months by "Harlem Shake", an electronic dance track by DJ Baauer released last year that went viral as a YouTube craze after Australian teenagers posted their version of the dance, sparking thousands of imitations.