Psy vows concert 'shout out' to North Koreans
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"Gangnam Style" star Psy said he and 50,000 fans would give a "shout out" to the people of North Korea at his concert today when he unveils the all-important dance video for his new single "Gentleman".
At a press conference before the concert, the 35-year-old South Korean rapper also 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.
Some 50,000 fans packed Seoul's World Cup stadium for the concert, which comes at a time of soaring military tensions with North Korea, and with South Korea's armed forces on heightened alert for an expected missile test.
Describing the division of the Korean peninsula as a "tragedy", Psy said he wanted North Koreans 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.
"Gentleman", the long-awaited follow-up to "Gangnam Style", hit online stores yesterday in a midnight rolling release across 119 nations. In a move that surprised some industry experts and frustrated a lot of fans, it was released without the music video which had been the main focus of anticipation and speculation.
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.