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Psy Returns With Two New Music Videos

In: Donovan, Music
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Words can’t express how huge “Gangnam Style” was. That infectious tune was inescapable in 2012 and so was the accompanying music video which ultimately became YouTube’s most viewed clip of all-time. Naturally, the pressure Psy felt to craft something equally compelling must’ve been daunting.

The 37-year-old rapper released “Gentleman” shortly thereafter and did quite well, allowing him to avoid the dreaded one-hit-wonder moniker. The South Korean sensation returns with his first new album titled Chiljip PSY-Da, which means This Is PSY’s Seventh Album in Korean, since his game-changing breakout. He revealed today at a press conference, why the long wait since his previous LP.

“There were many thoughts going around in my head, including thoughts like, ‘If I write like this, it would be not as good as Gangnam Style,’ and ‘If I write like this, the international audience will not understand,’ so it took me a very long time to organize all those thoughts into one.”

Psy debuted two new songs and their accompanying visuals off his forthcoming album. “Daddy” ft CL of 2NE1 features a better hook and captivating choreography, but I like the throwback beat of “Napal Baji.” Check out both singles below and weigh in afterward.

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The accolades keeping coming for Adele. Billboard reveals her new single is set to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 next week. If that wasn’t enough, the 27-year-old diva just notched another achievement with her comeback single, “Hello.”

Just days ago, she smashed VEVO’s first-day record, previously held by Taylor Swift. “Hello” generated 27+ million views in the first 24 hours, easily surpassing Swift’s “Bad Blood” which set the benchmark at 20.1 million.

Her latest achievement is equally as remarkable. In just five days, “Hello” has crossed the magical 100 million views on YouTube. That’s a milestone most major music videos take months to achieve. However, she’s only the second-fastest act to accomplish that feat. Someone else did it in just four days. Find out who below.

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Ten years ago today would forever change the landscape of the Internet. YouTube was officially founded by three former PayPal employees. The first video, however, wasn’t upload until April 23, 2005 by one of the co-founders. If you’re curious, “Me At The Zoo” can still be viewed on the video-sharing website.

In honor of YouTube’s 10th anniversary, I’ve embedded the Top 10 viewed videos. The lowest garnering 796,000 to the cream of the crop with over 2 billion clocks. Not surprisingly, music dominates the list. Especially Katy Perry and PSY who both nab two entries each. The sole exception being “Charlie Bit My Finger – Again!.” Check out the most popular clips ever below.

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Psy Debuts ‘Gentleman’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

Well that was fast. Within days of releasing his follow up to “Gangnam Style” Psy drops the music video for “Gentleman.” Even though the clip has already amassed over seven million views, I don’t think it’s going to be nearly as viral as “Gangnam Style” which to date has clocked in over 1.5 billion views. I broke out into hysterical laughter the first time I saw that clip. Sadly, I didn’t with “Gentleman.” It’s mediocre at best. The 35-year-old singer is very well on his way to becoming a one hit wonder in North America.

What made “Gangnam Style” amazing was all the insane dance moves. The slow hip swaying in this one is anti-climatic. Apparently, it’s an homage to Brown Eyed Girls‘ “Abracadabra” music video. Speaking of them, Ga, who’s a member of the K-Pop girl group, appears in the clip. She takes over Hyuna as Psy’s love interest. Watch the music video below where Psy is anything but a gentleman with His Billy Madison-type pranks.

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Listen To Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Follow Up

In: Donovan, Music

At last count, the “Gangnam Style” music video surpassed 1.5 billion on YouTube. It’s the McDonald’s of online clips ๐Ÿ˜‰ As astonishing as that number is, the number keeps growing. Who’s still watching this? Hard as he may try, I don’t think Psy will ever come close to that total again, even if you combine his next ten singles. But it is K-pop and people are unpredictable that way. Just look at the “Harlem Shake phenomenon,” which I still don’t get.

The 35-year-old South Korean rapper just unveiled the follow up single to his gigantic hit, titled “Gentleman.” The track is another catchy ball of fun. It features a similar monotonous synth beat that’ll prove inescapable once it gets in your head. I have no idea what he’s saying in most of it, but there some wonderful misheard lyrics like, โ€œIโ€™m a mother-father gentleman.โ€ It’s no “condom style”, but you get the gist.

In the end, it’s not the lyrics nor production of the song that will determine “Gentleman’s” success, but rather the music video. I can’t wait to see it. Psy was spotted filming it earlier this week in South Korea. Check out his new track below.

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My Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012

In: Music, Nic, Videos

Just short and sweet, I find it a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were on repeat at friends’ (Donovan‘s) house, and things that just made me happy despite popular concensus when considering what makes my list. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2012 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.

10. Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’

Love it or hate it, over a billion hits on YouTube can’t be wrong. We may never want to hear it again, but it will definitely, always remind me of 2012. Two words: Invisible. Horse.

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For YouTube‘s annual “Rewind,” they invited some well known YouTubers to star in a mash-up video of culturally defining moments of 2012. This isn’t a mash-up of pre-existing videos. This video is actually all new, with YouTube stars acting out footage and dancing to some of the defining YouTube moments and videos of the year.

Who would have thought we’d ever see the day when the hilarious Sh*t Girls Say star gives the outrageous Jenna Marbles the side eye while dancing together on a tour bus? Well, today is that day. Psy is also in this video, along with several other familiar YouTube faces that include Ryan Higa, iJustine, WalkOffTheEarth, RhettAndLink, and many more. The song is blended to an altered version of “Gangnam Style“, and later transitions to another popular song/video this year… “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Watch the video below – it’s definitely worth checking out. They certainly went all out this year in making this year end wrap up!

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New York Magazine reports that PSY was featured on the 2004 song โ€œDear American,โ€ which was recorded by the group N.E.X.T.. The song was written and recorded after a Korean missionary was beheaded by militants in Iraq. PSY has a guest verse in the song where he calls for the death of American soldiers and their families. Yikes.

Since the news broke, Psy has released an apology via MTV News. I have included his full apology, as well as the song and what the lyrics mean below. It’s crazy that with all of the attention he’s gotten, it’s taken until now for this to come to light. No one will be making dance parody videos to this song, that’s for sure.

His apology seems genuine and as he explains, it was a very emotional reaction to something that really affected him and his country. Of course that doesn’t make it right, but if he at least recognizes that now and can set an example to others. His full apology, as well as the song and lyrics are below. Share your thoughts on this story and his apology below.

Listen to the song, read the lyrics, and read Psy’s apology after the jump…

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