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  • Psy’s New Single ‘Gentleman’ Sweeps Music Charts After Release
  • [2013-04-15]
  • It sweeps domestic charts, places 47th on iTunes chart in New Zealand.
    Foreign media show keen interest.  Netizens’ reactions were mixed.

    International star Psy’s new single “Gentleman” swept domestic music source charts shortly after it made its online debut at midnight on April 12. As of 8 a.m. on April 12, "Gentleman"

    topped the charts of major online music charts including Melon, Naver Music, Bugs, Soribada, and Ollemusic.

    Due to time zone differences, fans in New Zealand could hear the song first and it placed 47th on the iTunes single chart in that country at around 9 p.m. on April 11 Korean standard time.

    Psy and Gentleman are competing for the first place in the online search word list on major portal sites, including Naver. Gentleman was released in 119 countries around the world.

    Foreign media expressed great interest in the release of Gentleman. As soon as Gentleman was released in New Zealand, American music magazine Billboard, AFP, Reuter, Time, Forbes, BBC and dozens of other world-famous media reported about the follow-up to Psy’s recording-setting viral video hit Gangnam Style as well as possibility of its becoming another worldwide sensation like Gangnam Style. 

    Co-written by Psy and producer Yoo Keon-hyung, "Gentleman" features self-mocking lyrics with a simple but addictive melody. It is a comic song in which a man, Psy, who is far from being a gentleman shouts "I am gentleman".

    Packed with infectious electronics blips and driving techno beats like its predecessor, Gangnam Style, Gentleman is a club dance track. The song’s chorus “I’m a Mother, Father, Gentleman” is very infectious and “Mother, Father” seems to be suggesting a naughty English swearword. Psy repeats in the first part of the song the Korean-language lyrics “allangamolra~mariya” as rhymes.

    YG Entertainment, Psy’s agency, explained that the wordplay adds fun to the song. The song’s other characteristics is that it has more English phrases than in Gangnam Style, and uses Korean phrases that are easier to pronounce, which may be an attempt to target non-Korean fans.          

    Apparently taking into consideration foreign fans, many English lines were included in the song, such as “I am a Mother, Father, Gentleman”, “Gonna make you sweat”, and “You know who I am~Wet Psy!”. 

    Reactions to the song were mixed, with some hailing it as another sensation and others doubting whether it will live up to the popularity of "Gangnam Style."

    Some say “It seems to be overburdened in its efforts to help non-Koreans hear the lyrics well, which reduces the satirical effect that was present in Gangnam Style”

    Fans showed great interest in the music video of Gentleman. Psy wrapped up shooting in many places in Seoul for three days starting April 3 along with Cho Soo-hyun, who produced Gangnam Style.

    Gain of group Brown Eyed Girls and the cast members of MBC TV’s ‘Infinite Challenge (Moohan Dojeon)” appeared in the music video. Gangnam Style amassed more than 1.5 billion views. The success of Gentleman may also depend upon the power of its music video. [Yonhap]

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