PSY is back with a new single and new moves.
The South Korean viral music video star released a new song, “Gentleman” on Friday, followed by a much-anticipated accompanying music video that was live streamed from Seoul's World Cup Stadium on Saturday, Reuters reports.
The music video shows PSY in his trademark sunglasses and suits. This time, his signature horse-riding dance from "Gangnam Style" is replaced with a pelvic thrust apparently known as the “arrogant dance.” The egoism described in the song is dramatized in the video as PSY's character is portrayed nothing close to a “gentleman.” PSY is seen taking off girls’ bikini tops, pulling a chairs from under one woman and making another fall off a treadmill.
One of these women is K-pop singer, Ga. As it turns out, PSY’s new move is heavily inspired by Ga’s group, Brown Eyed Girls. The music group’s 2009 single "Abracadabra" showcases thrusting moves similar to the ones in “Gentleman,” Billboard reports.
PSY’s latest single was released in 119 countries on Friday. PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, hopes to capitalize on the success of his megahit “Gangnam Style," which had more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube and a plethora of copycat parodies, from such diverse places as U.S. Naval Academy and even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
But with so many viral videos flooding YouTube, PSY is acutely aware of his competition.
"Of course I feel more burden than before, because lots of people are watching," he told a news conference before the concert. "[Today's show] is a performance of thanks for the 'Gangnam Style' success."
There may be a political element to PSY’s new single.
"It's a tragedy ... we are the only countries divided right now," PSY said about the tensions between his native South Korea and neighbor North Korea. "Hopefully my 'Gangnam Style,' my 'Gentleman,' my music videos and my choreography ... they might enjoy them too," he said.
The verdict is still out on whether PSY will be a one-hit-wonder internationally. As of this writing, “Gentleman” has more than 300 views on YouTube with more than 126,000 likes.
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