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Psy's 'Gentleman' garners 39.5 million YouTube views in one day

South Korean rapper PSY poses during a news

South Korean rapper PSY poses during a news conference for his concert "Happening" in Seoul, South Korea. (April 13, 2013) Credit: AP

Within a day after debuting on Saturday, the music video "Gentleman," the new single from "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy, had racked up 39.5 million views on YouTube.

The South Korean Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, performed the song in a concert Saturday before a crowd of 50,000 at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul. The show, broadcast on YouTube, also introduced the new video.

"Gentleman," in which Psy and his cohorts dress like gentlemen but behave badly -- pulling chairs out from under women so they fall on the floor, for example -- is a similarly satirical song as "Gangnam Style" and also offers its own comical dance moves, like the earlier song's horse-riding dance: the "Arrogant Dance," already popularized by the Korean pop group Brown Eyed Girls in the single "Abracadabra."

Psy had written two songs for the follow-up to his international hit "Gangnam Style," which has garnered more than 1.5 billion YouTube views since its July 15 release. "Naturally, I began to feel the pressure and my music started to get tense," he said at a news conference before the show. "Whenever I was overwhelmed, I tried to find the closest thing . . . to the real me. The other song was something that would have gotten attention from the world. I was thinking about going with it but then I decided to go with the cheaper-feeling song instead."

The concert was held about 30 miles from the border with North Korea, which lately has ratcheted up nuclear tensions in the region. "Me and 50,000 Korean people, we're going to sing out loud, we're going to shout out loud and we are close to there . . . so they can hear our voice," Psy said.

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