Psy: 'Gentleman' 'Wasn't Really Me'


The South Korean superstar says he was overly conscious of international listeners for his "Gangnam Style" follow-up single and promises to return to his roots in his upcoming album.

SEOUL -- "Gentleman," which fed on the global success of "Gangnam Style," may have recorded 600 million views on YouTube, but Psy expressed discontentment with the single and promised to showcase music that is "truer to my roots" in his upcoming album.

"It was a song that wasn't really me," the South Korean pop singer said about "Gentleman" during a concert in Seoul last week. He wrapped up six performances in the city from Dec. 21-25, which attracted some 60,000 fans.

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"There were mixed reactions for 'Gentleman' among the public and critics," said the singer. "I did not make 'Gangnam Style' with anyone in mind, but I composed 'Gentleman' wondering whether [non-Koreans] could pronounce the lyrics or not, with global listeners in mind, as if I were doing a linguistic exercise."

Though he did not announce tracks from his upcoming studio album, which is now complete, according to his agency, Psy did provide hints about its musical color.

"My new songs will mark a return to my roots and be truer to who I am," he said. "When I made 'Gangnam Style' two years ago, I was afraid I may have to stop performing one day. That really scared me, and I composed the song after letting go of everything. And just like The Truman Show, the song has made all these impossible things come true, like being asked to perform for Madonna."

Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, is expected to announce his new studio album early in 2014.