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[Newsmaker] Psy returns to limelight with ‘Gentleman’

Psy (Yonhap News)
Psy (Yonhap News)
“Kim Jong who?” was the line that kicked off the New York Daily News article that introduced the release of YouTube sensation Psy’s long-awaited follow-up song to global hit “Gangnam Style.”

While the current political tension between the Koreas is making headlines around the globe, the buzz about Psy’s follow-up single “Gentleman” has begun to overshadow talk of missiles and war.

Psy had kept people around the world on their toes for months with promises of a new song and a new dance routine to follow the addictively clever horse dance that put the singer on the map as a global star to be reckoned with. 

The wait is now over with his newest single “Gentleman,” which was released worldwide in 119 countries on midnight Thursday. The track’s official music video was then unveiled for the first time at the rapper’s “Happening” concert held on Saturday night at Seoul’s World Cup Stadium. 
Psy
Psy

The “Gentleman” music video was officially released to the public and uploaded on YouTube at 9 p.m. Korean time on the night of his concert.

The music video is a comedic portrayal of Psy as a not-so-gentlemanly man, arrogantly strutting about the city of Seoul causing mischief tagged with the chorus line of “I’m a mother father gentleman.”

The song’s signature dance move, which the singer dubbed the “arrogant dance,” is a side-to-side pelvic/hip-sway, a spin-off of the “Abracadabra” choreography by the popular K-pop girl group Brown Eyed Girls.

Although it is too soon to tell whether or not “Gentleman” will even come close to making as big a splash as “Gangnam Style,” it has achieved more than 13.8 million YouTube hits in less than a day, breaking the YouTube record for most views on the day of release.

By Julie Jackson (juliejackson@heraldcorp.com)
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