'Gentleman' Psy unveils hip-swinging dance, music video

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Has he done it again?

Psy, the South Korean "Gangnam Style" star, unveils the latest moves for his new single “Gentleman” in front of 50,000 people at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

“Gangnam Style” was one of the most viewed videos ever on YouTube. Many are wondering whether its successor will turn into another global hit, or if Psy's popularity has already peaked.

SOUNDBITE 1 Psy (man), South Korean rapper (Korean, 18 sec):

“Here's something funny about the question of whether I'm a one-hit wonder or not. 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 even though I've been a singer in South Korea for the past 12 years?”

But the master admits that he was under enormous pressure whilst producing the track and has tried hard to make it an easy-listener.

The song is a satire of a self-proclaimed "gentleman" trying to woo women at a party.

It contains more English lyrics than "Gangnam Style" in a clear nod to the singer's newfound global audience.

SOUNDBITE 2 Psy (man), South Korean rapper (English, 19 sec):

“I think it's all about happiness, it'sall about fun. You know, I really want to be sincere in my job. My job is to entertain people and to make people laugh, fun, smile, happy.”

The rapper also hopes his message will reach people in North Korea as military tensions escalate on the peninsula.

SOUNDBITE 3 Kim You-Sil (woman), Psy’s fan (Korean, 10 sec):

“Psy is a great singer who represents South Korea. He is not good looking and has ordinary singing ability, which makes people feel closer to him personally.”

Whether the Gangnam man will be as successful this time round or not, South Koreans already have unshakable respect for this “Gentleman”.

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SEOUL, APR 13, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

- Psy singing his new single "Gentleman" at his concert in Seoul World Cup Stadium

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- Extract of "Gentleman" music video

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- Psy singing "A goose's dream"

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- Psy singing "Gangnam Style"

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Psy's 'Gentleman' video reaches 10 mln YouTube hits

SEOUL, April 14, 2013 (AFP) - "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."

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'Gentleman' Psy unveils hip-swinging dance, music video

by Jung Ha-Won

SEOUL, April 14, 2013 (AFP) - South Korean pop star Psy unveiled Saturday the hip-swinging dance and music video for his new song, aimed at replicating the global success of "Gangnam Style" and its famed horse-riding dance.

The singer showed off the much-anticipated dance moves -- a simple swaying, grinding hip movement -- at a promotional concert in Seoul, held at a time of heightened military tensions with North Korea.

The long-awaited video, released a day after the new single "Gentleman" hit online stores worldwide, was posted on YouTube shortly after the concert which was streamed live on the video-sharing site.

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 video showed Psy, wearing his signature sunglasses, dancing at various locations in and around the capital Seoul including a high-end clothing store, restaurant and swimming pool.

The story line featured the obnoxious "Gentleman" singer teasing and playing practical jokes on women, such as pulling their chairs away as they were about to sit, before meeting his match.

The song 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."

"Gonna make you sweat. Gonna make you wet. You know who I am? Wet Psy!" he sings in English, calling himself a "party mafia."

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 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."

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