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Sunday
Apr142013

Psy Debuts New Single "Gentleman" Before 50,000 Fans

Dana Edelson/NBC(SEOUL, South Korea) -- “Gangnam Style” celeb Psy has finally released his long anticipated new single, “Gentleman,” amid North Korea’s daily threats of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.

Consisting of heavy house beats and witty lyrics, “Gentleman” is a bid to prolong the international success Psy gained with “Gangnam Style,” which garnered more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube.

“Gentleman” contains several repeated phrases, which are grammatically incorrect but very addictive, attempting to mock those who dress like gentlemen but act like complete bums.

In celebration of Psy’s new release, some 50,000 people attended his concert, “Happening,” which was also broadcast live on YouTube for millions of fans from all around the world. With much anticipation, the music video of “Gentleman” was unveiled in the latter part of the concert.

“‘Arrogant Dance,” which made the Korean girl band Brown Eyed Girls famous, is the main dance move in his latest music video. Seeing how viral the horse dance in “Gangnam Style” became, Psy said Saturday: “I hope to continue remaking Korean songs and dance moves and introducing them to the global music industry.”

When asked about his thoughts on North Korea, Psy said: “It’s tragedy. We are the only country divided right now … We’re really close to there (North Korea), so they can hear ... our voice.”

Psy said it is his job to perform and entertain people, and he believes he can bring happiness to his fans by doing so.

As for worries that the singer might be just a “one hit wonder,” Psy said that doesn’t concern him.

“Whether or not a couple of my songs become a global hit, I’ve been doing this job for 12 years. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity (Gangnam Style success) and I will carry on as a singer. I’m not desperate to keep my records,” Psy said before the concert.

Scooter Braun, one of the key people behind Psy’s success in the global music market, told reporters the success was more than numbers.

“He is an underdog,” Braun said. “He did something no one thought was going to happen. It broke down barriers, stereotypes, forms of racism… One-hit wonders don’t do concerts in front of 50,000 people.”

Psy will soon travel to the United States, trying to prove his ability to again woo fans around the world.

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Thursday
Dec062012

Was Psy Snubbed by Grammy Awards?

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) -- Someone’s missing from the latest list of Grammy nominees: Psy.

The Korean pop star, whose hit “Gangnam Style” had everyone from Madonna to former Senator Alan Simpson galloping in circles, didn’t get any nods from the Recording Academy, which announced the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards Wednesday night.

The Atlantic pointed out some of Psy’s massive achievements this year: in just four months, “Gangnam Style” broke the record for the most watched YouTube video in history, Psy was recognized as an “International Sensation” by the U.N. secretary-general, and he won several of Korea’s top civilian awards. Time named “Gangnam Style” the No. 2 viral video of the year, behind the KONY 2012 video.

You’d think all of that might add up to nomination for, say, song of the year. Psy couldn’t have been nominated in the best new artist category because he’s released more than three albums, the cut-off for best new artist eligibility.

On Thursday, the Recording Academy told ABC News that “Gangnam Style” was considered in the record of the year and best pop solo performance categories. Once a song is entered, it is then voted on by members of the Recording Academy, which determines whether it will become a nominee or winner. The Academy is comprised of musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, and other music professionals.

Psy’s rep didn’t respond to a request for comment. He’s not the only pop star conspicuously absent from the list: Justin Bieber didn’t get nominated for any Grammys either, and he lost the title of most-watched YouTube video ever when “Gangnam Style” surpassed “Baby” last month. Ouch.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov262012

PSY Breaks Justin Bieber’s YouTube Record

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become the most watched video in YouTube history.

On Saturday, the video had been viewed 805 million times, surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which had 803 million views, the YouTube trends blog reported.

The 34-year-old rapper has become a global phenomenon with his catchy song and signature horse-riding dance moves. “Gangnam Style” gained an audience outside of PSY’s native South Korea in early August and had a meteoric rise to the top spot.

And it doesn’t seem that people are tiring of it.  According to YouTube, the video is watched between seven million and ten million times a day around the world, from India to Brazil to the United States.

Bieber had held the record since July 2010 when he unseated Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

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