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Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ video smashes YouTube records

AFP, SEOUL

South Korean rapper Psy performs Gentleman during his concert “Happening” in Seoul on Saturday.

Photo: Reuters

Gangnam Style star Psy’s new music video had received more than 50 million views on YouTube by yesterday, rewriting the video-sharing site’s records for single-day hits.

The dance video for Gentleman, the South Korean singer’s long-awaited follow up to Gangnam Style, was posted on YouTube at 9pm on Saturday.

In the first 24 hours, it racked up about 20 million hits, destroying the previous record for single-day views of 8 million, set by Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend video in May last year.

Now that record looks set to be stretched again, with the view count about 40 hours after release standing at 51 million.

“51million views in 40hours!! My God~!!!” the 35-year-old star said on his Twitter account.

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

The storyline features the singer teasing and playing practical jokes on women, such as pulling their chairs away as they are about to sit or untying a woman’s bikini top at a swimming pool, before meeting his match.

It was the video for Gangnam Style, and in particular Psy’s signature horse-riding dance, that pushed the South Korean 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 in July last year.

Gentleman was ranked in the top 10 songs on iTunes stores in a number of countries yesterday, including France, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.

It also topped the chart in Finland.

Critical reactions to the song were mixed, but the video — showing the quirky singer’s signature self-mocking humor, as well as a new hip-swiveling dance — left many fans satisfied.

“The song isn’t all that great, but let’s face it. The video is actually hilarious,” one Youtube commentator wrote.

“I just love the fact that neither he nor the dancers are taking themselves too serious, but seriously enough to pelvic sway with perfect synchronization,” another wrote.

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