Psy's new single "Gentleman," to be released on April 12, will reportedly contain the K-pop star's take on a traditional Korean dance.
"The new song is extremely fun and...what I can tell you, is the song title is 'Gentleman,'" Psy told a local Korean television station on Monday. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance--but [people in] other countries haven't seen it."
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However, Psy's manager Hwang Kyu-wan told Reuters on Tuesday that the title to Psy's follow up to his smash hit "Gangnam Style," the most watched viral video in history, might not be "Gentleman" after all.
"There is still more than a week left before the concert so we can't say [the title] will be unchanged," Kyu-wan said, referring to Psy's April 13 performance at the Seoul World Cup Stadium where he will reportedly perform his follow-up single, whatever the title ends up being, for the first time.
"I've been working and reworking on [the 'Gangnam Style' follow up single] continuously and I think the latest version will be the final one," Psy told a Korean news show about the tentatively titled "Gentlemen," according to the National. "This is another very rousing song. The dance is one known to all Koreans but new to foreigners. This will be presented in Psy style."
Originally entitled "Assarabia," Psy originally changed the title to his follow up single avoid what could be potentially taken as a slur against Arabian people, according to reports.
"Not sure how this will go over in the Middle East," Steve Herman, chief of Voice of America's Northeast Asia bureau tweeted on March 17, following an announcement by Psy that people were having difficulty pronouncing his new single "Assarabia," according to NBC News.
Later that Herman took to Twitter to say that Psy had direct messaged him about the "Assarabia" controversy.
"It's Korean slang &should be spelled assaraVia & that's not gonna be a single anyway, so u don't have to worry...THX for ya regard :)" Psy wrote, according to Herman.
Since the letter 'v' doesn't have an equivalent in the Korean alphabet the now apparently shelved single could have led to pronunciation confusion or worse.
The following day Psy announced he was changing both the name and the title of "Assaravia," a word that indicates excitement in Korean.
He didn't say why, but a spokesman for his record label YG Entertainment told the Wall Street Journal it was because the possible "Gangnam Style" follow-up was difficult to pronounce.
Back in October, Psy spoke to the BBC about the difficulty of duplicating the success of "Gangnam Style."
"The second single is going to be in English and the thing is, it's too much pressure to overcome 'Gangnam Style.' It's really hard,"Psy said. "The problem is, my music video is more popular than I am."