PSY’s Gentleman video smashes YouTube records


South Korean rapper PSY has done it once again! His new music video Gentleman has smashed YouTube records for single-day hits.

The video has received more than 52 million views on YouTube by now. The video was posted on YouTube at 9.00pm (1200 GMT) on Saturday.

In the first 24 hours, it got around 20 million hits, breaking the previous record for single-day views of 8 million, set by Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend video in May 2012.

PSY released his latest single, Gentleman, in 119 countries on Friday, hoping to replicate the success of Gangnam Style, the smash YouTube hit that made him an international star almost overnight last year. The choreography for Gentleman – including the “arrogant dance,” as PSY called it – was unveiled at a concert in Seoul on Saturday before more than 50,000 fans.

The video shows Psy, wearing his signature sunglasses, dancing at various locations in and around Seoul including a high-end clothing store, restaurant, swimming pool and a library.

PSY’s Gangnam Style video, featuring his much-mimicked horse-riding dance, made him one of the best-known Koreans in the world. It’s the most watched video of all time on YouTube, gathering more than 1.5 billion views since its release in July.

Audiences have questioned whether PSY will be a one-hit wonder known only for Gangnam Style. But the South Korean musician, whose humble personality has endeared him to his fans at home since he made his debut more than a decade ago, shrugs off the skepticism.

“Whether or not a couple of my songs become a global hit, I’ve been doing this job for 12 years,” PSY said. “I will bring more Korean dance moves and Korean songs overseas.”


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