Thursday, January 3, 2013

Yoo Jae Suk Performs with Psy Gangnam Style
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Popular Korean variety show emcee Yoo Jae Suk who stars in the ongoing Running Man appeared on stage with Korean sensation Psy at New York Times Square where he made his last official performance of Gangnam style in the last minutes of 2012.

Dressed in an iconic yellow suit, those unfamiliar with the Korean television industry are unlikely to recognise the 'Nation's MC' Yoo Jae Suk. Noh Hong Rui who also starred in the Gangnam Style music video also appeared alongside Psy and Jae Suk on stage. Yoo Jae Suk recently released his very own music video, titled Grasshopper's World. (Read more on this blog)

Instead of having the entire Gangnam Style performed on stage, MC Hammer made a surprise appearance towards the end of the show where both made dance moves that were complementary to each other. It was clearly different from the original song, but also a visually pleasing one especially with new dance moves added towards the end of the song.

Watch the video below that has garnered the most number of views ever on Youtube, beating Justin Bieber's hit single Baby. This goes to show the potential of the Internet and technology that has allowed a little known singer in South Korea to grow into a frenzied international sensation.

Ironically, it was Justin Bieber's agent Scooter Bran who recruited him into his agency to allow PSY and his team to be better positioned to release his music in the western part of the globe. Below is an interview, and public announcement, taken by Scooter Bran who drank a bottle of Soju, a type of Asian wine to mark his memorable collaboration with the Korean superstar.

Update (April 12, 2013): PSY's New Single - Gentleman

Gangnam Style Sensation Psy has officially released his follow up song to the Gangnam Style. It's titled Gentleman and is set to to be released in over 100 countries. Set in a techno beat, the only English words audible were in the chorus which sounded like 'Mother Father Gentleman".

We, here at Slime Green Plants, are certainly not sure what Psy and his team are thinking but it remains to be seen whether the style of 'Gentleman' will generate the same amount of massive web explosion Gangnam Style received on Youtube.

Only released just a few days ago, Psy's Gentleman music video, which toes on the fine line between being classy and racy, has already garnered an impressive 10 million views on Youtube. The music video features fellow celebrities who had also appeared on 'Gangnam Style', including Noh Hong Rui and Yoo Jae Suk who appeared in the same bright yellow outfit. There was also a special appearance by Ha Dong Hoon, a popular celebrity in South Korea.

Yoo Jae Suk and Ha Dong Hoon, HaHa, share a deep friendship after having appeared on several variety shows together including being fixed members on the ongoing top rated variety shows, Infinity Challenge and Running Man. Ha Dong Hoon recently got engaged to fellow celebrity Byul late in 2012 after dating her for six months.

Update (April 18, 2013)

Watch Gentleman performed LIVE [HD]

PSY and his team finally performed the widely anticipated Gentleman at #Happening Concert on April 13, 2013 and was staged at the huge Seoul World Cup Stadium. The turnout for the performance was impressive as seen in the video. 

Meanwhile, with regard to Psy's online presence, the very mechanism that propelled him to international fame, Psy is continuing to break records as his Youtube video has over 140 million over views just within days of releasing it online. Justin Bieber must surely be jealous.

Breaking news: It was just reported moments that Psy's Gentleman video has been banned by South Korean broadcaster KBS for the abuse of public property after being praised by South Korean president Park Geun-Hye for setting an example against piracy by paying choreographers to perform their dance moves (more below).

KBS, one of the major players in the South Korean market, released a statement saying that the images of Psy kicking a parking cone away may set a bad example for young viewers who may have the wrong impression and did not meet the standards set by the state broadcaster.

Read more: Reported by

It's not the first time that the popular South Korean singer-rapper has courted controversy. His first album was fined for allegedly releasing 'inappropriate content' and got himself into trouble when he flirted dangerously with South Korea's mandatory National Service law. 

It was also revealed the dance moves done by Psy and his talented dream of youthful dances originated from a popular K-pop group called the Brown Eyed Girls (BEG) who are said to be the seniors of SNSD. (You can read more about SNSD on this blog) They had previously appeared in popular variety shows such as Family Outing Season 1 where they also performed their iconic zombie dance moves. The moves that Psy must have paid a hefty sum for comes from their music video released in 2009, Abracadabra

Watch Abracadabra on Youtube

Will the Brown Eyed Girls be able to revel in their newfound fame?

For international viewers who do not understand Korean, you may find the following Youtube video helpful where a fan of Korean pop has translated the lyrics to English. The other English words from the original Korean version are 'Mother Father Gentleman' and 'Wet Psy' and a couple more sentences.

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About The Author Slime Green Plants An inqusitive blogger with staunch interests in the fields of football/soccer and anything related to Korean popular culture. Interesting commentaries and write-ups can be found dispersed in this blog with regard to happenings in the Barclays/English Premier League, Asian football and popular variety programmes such as Running Man and Family Outing. Facebook and Twitter


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