South Korean pop star, rapper and viral video sensation PSY is set to release a new album, the first since he shot to international stardom in 2012 with his super-smash hit, “Gangnam Style.”
The video for “Daddy,” the first track off his latest and seventh album — titled Chiljip PSY-Da — has been released online (see video below).
The video has been viewed nearly 500,000 times on YouTube since it was released early on Monday.
Overall, he does comedic portrayal of different stages of the human life cycle.
At the beginning of the video, PSY is shown with his adult head creepily superimposed on an infant’s body as he says, “I got it from my daddy.”
He is then shown with his head superimposed on the body of a school child. He performs skillful dance moves, hopping and flailing his arms around, while female fans mill around him adoringly. Finally, he appears as a grown man and later as a grandpa.
PSY’s 2012 smash hit, “Gangnam Style,” — featured on his album PSY 6 — shattered all YouTube viewing records, amassing an incredible 2.46 billion hits. The 37-year-old South Korean star is hoping to recreate the success of “Gangnam Style,” but he recognizes the fact that it would be very difficult to replicate the phenomenal success of “Gangnam Style.”
“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 said.
He reportedly told AFP that he fears there’s “no chance” that he’ll be able to replicate the success of “Gangnam Style” with his latest album.
Chiljip PSY-Da, the title of his new album, means “This is PSY’s Seventh Album” in the Korean language. The album is being released about one and half years after the release of his single, “Gentleman,” and it is his first album since “Gangnam Style” took the world by storm in 2012, making him an international superstar.
The single, “Gentleman,” has racked up nearly 900 million views on YouTube (see below).
According to PSY, his new album includes songs of various genres, such as dance music, hip-hop and punk. He explained that he tried to keep up the practice established in his previous albums by striving to include songs covering a variety of human emotions, including happiness, anger, sadness, joy, love, hatred and greed.
He said, “Because this is an album that retains my continued desire as a lyric writer who wants to try things other than love songs in a movie-like way, there are several genres.”
PSY has tweeted information about the featured artists in his new album, which includes CL — also known as Chaelin Lee – who sings in the chorus, “Hey, where did you get that body from?”