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Psy's 'Gentleman' video reaches 10 mln YouTube hits
SEOUL: “Gangnam Style” star Psy’s new music video had been watched more than 10 million times on YouTube less than 24 hours after he unveiled his much-anticipated new dance in Seoul, the website showed Sunday.
The South Korean pop star on Saturday performed for the first time the new hip-swinging dance aimed at replicating the global success of “Gangnam Style” and its famed horse-riding moves in his latest single called “Gentleman”.
The video, released a day after the song hit online stores worldwide, registered 10.7 million hits in the 15 hours after its debut at a packed concert in the South Korean capital as curious fans flocked to the video-sharing site.
It shows Psy, wearing his signature sunglasses, dancing at various locations in and around Seoul including a high-end clothing store, restaurant and swimming pool.
The story line features the singer teasing and playing practical jokes on women, such as pulling their chairs away as they are about to sit, before meeting his match.
It was the video of “Gangnam Style”, and in particular Psy’s signature horse-riding dance, that pushed him to global stardom last year after it was posted on YouTube and turned into a viral sensation.
A satire on the luxury lifestyle of Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district, it has become the most-watched YouTube video of all time, registering more than 1.5 billion views since it debuted last July.
The song topped charts around the world, and inspired a horde of online tributes and parodies, as well as flash mobs of thousands of dancing fans in cities such as Paris and Milan.
Reactions to the latest electro-dance song were mixed but video — showing the quirky singer’s signature self-mocking humour as well as the new hip-swiveling dance — left more fans impressed.
“The beat is quite catchy! I’m sitting here shaking my hips side to side even though i have no idea what he’s saying,” said one Youtube comment.
“Mark my words. This WILL be the second video to make it 1,000,000,000,” said another commentator, while some others said “R.I.P, Harlem Shake,” in reference to another viral hit that swept the world recently.
“Gentleman” contains more English lyrics than “Gangnam Style” in a clear nod to the singer’s newfound global audience.
“Let me tell you about myself. I’m such a charmer with guts, vigour and humour,” Psy sings in Korean before launching into the song’s English catch-line: “I’m a mother-father gentleman.”
At a press conference before the show, the 35-year-old singer described the division of the Korean peninsula as a “tragedy” and said he wanted North Korean people to share in the “fun and happiness” of his music.
“Tonight me and 50,000 Korean people... we are going to sing out loud. We are going to shout out loud and we are really close to them, so they can hear,” he said.
“Hopefully with my ’Gangnam style’, ’Gentleman’, and my music video, choreography ... hopefully they might enjoy it too,” he added.
The quirky singer/rapper belted out some 20 hits of his own and other artists at the packed concert that featured guest performances by other popular K-pop acts such as 2Ne1 and G-Dragon.
Long known at home for his flamboyant, wacky stage persona, he even delivered a dance performance of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” — clad in a skin-tight, red-coloured jumpsuit and matching knee-length socks.
At the press conference, Psy acknowledged the “enormous pressure” of following a global phenomenon like “Gangnam Style, but argued he had been singing too long to be called a one-hit wonder.
“Gangnam Style” was always going to be a hard act to follow, and “Gentleman” has had a mixed reception as Psy acknowledged, although he was happy with its initial chart showing.
“Many expressed disappointment, saying I made too many calculations and I should have remade some of the songs I did in the past. But this is the best song, best work and the best choice I could possibly do,” he said.
“I made the song feeling enormous pressure,” he added.
“Gentleman” went straight into the top five of the iTunes charts in South Korea and other Asian markets like Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, but could only manage 90th spot in the crucial US equivalent.
In Britain, it rose quickly to number 25, but elements of the British music press were scathing in their assessment.
“Like a seven-year-old on a Casio,” was the judgement of the Times newspaper, while the underwhelmed Guardian critic called it “a fairly standard issue, pop-dance single”.
Already an established artist in South Korea with six albums under his belt, Psy has been building and polishing his own style of quirky, explosive music and his flamboyant stage persona since his debut in 2001.
“I’ve been doing this for 12 years. Would it be fair to call me a one-hit wonder just because my next song falls flat?” Psy said Saturday.
“I gained international fame almost by accident but that does not mean that I will make desperate efforts to maintain that global popularity.
“I will just continue to do what I have been doing for all these years. If it satisfies people’s appetite it will. If not, it won’t.” - AFP