Psy’s new single will debut in April in a YouTube broadcast and in a concert to be held in Seoul’s massive World Cup Stadium, according to his personally taped announcement posted Saturday on YouTube.
The new single will apparently hit YouTube in a live broadcast on April 13 simultaneously with a concert at the 88,600-seat World Cup Stadium in Seoul’s Seongsan-dong district. The stadium’s massive scale reflects its status as the centerpiece of the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by S. Korea and Japan. The concert is being advertised under the title “Happening”.
The official announcement comes after the release of the new half-English, half-Korean single had been postponed several times from an initial release date of January. His Korean producer Yang Hyeon-seouk gave some idea of the agonies that accompanied the birth of the new single when he revealed Sunday that Psy had changed the song 30 times.
“Psy is the most passionate man I know among all the people I know in this world,” Yang told OSEN. “As Psy travels from country to country around the world and during his busy schedule, he would call me almost everyday and gave his suggestions on the next single. Even after he caught a cold due to his busy schedule, I noticed he continued to focus on creating music.
“I think Psy’s passion and persistence made him into the Psy we know today. Psy brought over Yoo Gun hyung who composed ‘Gangnam Style’ with him to the States. He would do concerts and broadcasts in the afternoon and record music at night, and lived that lifestyle pattern for a couple months. It is a song that came to fruit after working really hard under unfavorable conditions, so the feel of the song is good and we anticipate it will bring good results.”
Meanwhile the original “Gangnam Style” YouTube video released on July 15, 2012 is rapidly approaching 1.4 billion views. That’s nearly twice the number logged by its nearest rivals released much earlier by Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez.
Psy, aka Park Jae-sang, is a 35-year-old rapper who had had limited success in Korea during the first 12 years of his career. He had uploaded the legendary “Gangnam Style” video to end a two-year hiatus from the pop scene.