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Psy's 'Gentleman' Won't Top 'Gangnam Style'

Meena Jang |
April 17, 2013 | 9:17 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Psy's new hit "Gentleman" was released worldwide on April 12 (Tumblr)
Psy's new hit "Gentleman" was released worldwide on April 12 (Tumblr)
From the horse dance to the booty shake, world star Psy is back again with another addictive hit. The Korean entertainer dropped his latest single "Gentleman" on April 12 through music portals across 119 countries. The music video is currently at an astonishing view count of over 100 million and now holds the record for most YouTube views in a single day. "Gentleman" amassed 10 million views in just 16 hours, beating Justin Bieber's previous record of 8 million views on the release date of his "Boyfriend" music video. It's only a matter of time until the video hits the 1 billion view milestone that "Gangnam Style" marked as the most viewed video on YouTube to date!

Psy broke into the American market without trying to appeal to foreign fans - the success of "Gangnam Style" was probably just as surprising for him as it was for us. So now, with all the success "Gangnam Style" has received overseas, what's in store for "Gentleman?" The beat is just as catchy, the dance is just as infectious and the video is arguably even more hilarious. Even with his fame in the US and other foreign countries, it's admirable to still see Psy grounded in his Korean roots. With the exception of a few English phrases ("I'm a mother father gentleman" is the new "Oppa Gangnam Style"), the song is still entirely in Korean and the video highlights Korean culture in its own entertaining way. Despite the pressure to make another megahit, he's proven that he can have fun with just about anything. Now that almost everyone knows Psy's name, it's expected that each new song and catchy dance he releases will go viral. But as for being a worldwide phenomenon? His lucky streak may have just ended with "Gangnam Style." Maybe "Gentleman" will eventually reach the same number of video views (which is probably at a bajillion by now), but because the "Gangnam Style" craze was the first of its kind, it'll be hard to top.

Psy's second run may not be as groundbreaking as his first, yet considering that he already has another YouTube record under his belt, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing gentlemen hip swaying and booty shaking everywhere very soon.

Check out some of Psy's "classy" manners in the "Gentleman" music video below!

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