Is Psy’s New Single ‘Gentleman’ Better Than ‘Gangnam Style’?

South Korean pop star PSY’s new single steals attention from inter-Korean tensions.

“Gentleman,” Psy’s new single after “Gangnam Style,” is now available despite promises that the song would be released this Friday, April 12, 2013. Photo: El Mundo/Flickr

The Korean rapper unveiled Friday the follow-up to his ‘Gangnam Style’ hit with another energetic dance tune infused with his signature self-mocking humor — but fans had to wait for the all-important video.

Even the threats of nuclear war coming from North Korea couldn’t divert public attention from the main event on the Korean peninsula as “Gentleman” hit online music stores in a midnight rolling release across 119 nations.

As Inquirer writes, with fans and critics longing to find out whether the rapper and his horse-riding dance are more than just a one-hit wonder, the new electro-dance song offers an equally simple and catchy melody.

The details of the just released song were kept firmly under wraps until “Gentleman” was released at midnight in New Zealand.

The song — a satire of a self-proclaimed “gentleman” trying to woo women at a party — includes much more English lyrics than the previous Psy’s hit in a clear nod to the singer’s newfound global audience.

“Let me tell you about myself. I’m such a charmer with guts, vigor and humor,” Psy sings in Korean before launching into the song’s English catch-line: “I’m a mother-father gentleman.”

“Gonna make you sweat. Gonna make you wet. You know who I am? Wet Psy!” he sings in English.

Despite the fact that “Gentleman” is heading straight to the top of the download charts on half-a-dozen South Korean online music sites, the reaction of the critics on social networking sites was mixed.

A snap poll of 2,000 users on Daum.net, a leading South Korean news portal, showed 38.9 percent rate the song as either good or very good with 48.3 percent of those thinking that it’s rather mediocre or dull.

“I can’t see this getting quite as big as Gangnam Style… but it is still irritatingly catchy,” tweeted @joe_thomas25.

Many fans voiced frustration at having to wait for the accompanying video which will reveal Psy’s new dance moves.

“This is too similar to ‘Gangnam Style’ but far less fun…. I think I’ll wait until I see how good the music video is,” tweeted @dark_serika.

Psy finished shooting the music video on April 9, and according to numerous reports, it was shot in various locations around Seoul, much like “Gangnam Style.”. The new dance will “be largely in a Korean style.”

The Korean star, 35, is exected to perform the new song in public for the first time on Saturday at a concert at Seoul’s World Cup stadium.

However, Psy has been coy about what dance he will show this time, except to hint that it is based on traditional Korean moves, The Independent writes.

“All Koreans know this dance but (those in) other countries haven’t seen it,” Psy told South Korean television last week.

The singer has already asked his fans to wear white to Saturday’s event and his stylist told press last month that the concept for the new song would again be a formal suit with “an unexpected twist of fun”.

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