Psy regrets Korean tensions
South Korean rapper Psy hopes North Koreans will enjoy his new single, even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula.PT1M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2hute 620 349 April 15, 2013
Gangnam Style star Psy's new music video had received more than 44 million views on YouTube by Monday, re-writing the video-sharing site's records for single-day hits.
The dance video to Gentleman, the South Korean singer's long-awaited follow up to Gangnam Style, was only posted on YouTube on Saturday night.
Viral sensation ... Psy's new Gentleman video has proven to be another YouTube hit.
In the first 24 hours, it racked up around 20 million hits, destroying the previous record for single-day views of eight million, set by Canadian heart-throb Justin Bieber's Boyfriend video in May 2012.
Now that record looks set to be stretched again, with the view count 36 hours after release standing at 44.5 million.
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.
Psy-chology ... No doubt what kids will be singing. Oh joy.
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.
Reactions to the latest electro-dance song were mixed but the video - showing the quirky singer's signature self-mocking humour as well as the new hip-swivelling 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 new found global audience.