Saturday, May 18, 2024

Gangnam Style: 111 Mil Views for Korean Performer Psy’s New Video


UPDATE WEDNESDAY: 111 million views “Gentleman” and I have no freaking idea why.

UPDATE TUESDAY 10:25 AM: Approaching 95 million views.

UPDATE MONDAY 2:38PM: 68 million views. Yowza.

UPDATE SUNDAY 10AM: 22 million views in 36 hours. And counting…

North Korea is threatening nuclear war and this may be why: Psy, the Elvis Presley-Michael Jackson of South Korea, just keeps getting more and more crazy popular. His new video, “Gentleman,” was posted to YouTube on Saturday. In 24 hours, give or take the international timeline, the video has garnered almost 11 million views. On Saturday in Seoul, Psy gave a stadium concert for 50,000 insane fans and live streamed it to YouTube where an undetermined gazillion more fans watched him around the world. You can see it here.

I have no idea what he’s saying, although Psy does speak perfect English. The concert was in Korean, however. Missiles are being aimed right now by Kim Jong Un since both “Gentleman” and “Gangnam Style” are incredibly annoying, mean nothing, and signify the end of the world. Psy is being managed in the US by Scooter Braun, the man who’s given us Justin Bieber and “Call Me Maybe.” (He is not on the Kennedy Center Honors list this year.)

Psy, by the way, is 35 years old and the son of a successful Korean businessman. His real name is Park Jae-Sang.  The DI Corporation, which makes semi-conductors, is a $100 million business according to reports.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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