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.
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)
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 Telegraph.co.uk
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.
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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.