PSY Set to Release First Album Since Game-Changing ‘Gangnam Style’.

South Korean rapper PSY,
who is set to release his first
album since becoming an
international sensation more
than three years ago with the
smash hit “Gangnam Style,” says the pressure to live up
to that success caused him to
take his time with his latest
project.

“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 at a news conference in
Seoul on Monday, a day before Chiljip PSY-Da debuts.

Chiljip PSY-Da — which means This Is PSY’s Seventh Album in Korean — comes about a year and a half after the release
of his single “Gentleman.” It’s his first
album since 2012, when “Gangnam Style”
swept the world with addictive music and
dance moves and made PSY a global
superstar. “Gangnam Style,” featured on the album PSY 6, recorded 2.46 billion views on YouTube, becoming the most viewed
YouTube video ever. PSY’s new album includes songs of
various genres, including dance music,
hip-hop and punk.

He said he tried to include many
emotions, including happiness, anger,
sadness, joy, love, hatred and greed, as
he had done in his past albums. “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,” he said.

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