Friday, April 26, 2013

Psy to appear on 'The Today Show'

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila BulletinKorean rapper Psy flew to the US on April 25 to start promoting his new song "Gentleman."

"I'm coming US!! #OnceAgain #Gentleman," he tweeted.

Psy will appear on NBC's "Today Show" on May 3 where he is expected to perform his new single. Last September, the rapper performed "Gangnam Style" on the same show.

Tonight, Psy will be one of the honorees at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The awards ceremony will honor "those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact."

Psy will be honored for "Gangnam Style," which became a global phenomenon with 1.5 billion views on YouTube to date.

"With the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views, South Korean pop artist Psy has become an ambassador for his country and a leading crossover artist, launching K-pop into the international stage," according to the awards' blog.

Other awardees include Pulitzer Prize winning Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, choreographer Twyla Tharp, StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp and Forbes magazine.

On the latest Billboard charts, "Gentleman" has risen to the No. 5 spot on the Hot 100 from debuting at No. 12 last week.

"'Gentleman' bounds into the Hot 100's top 10 fueled primarily by a 60% gain in streaming, as it tallies a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs with 13.9 million US streams. It had registered 8.6 million streams in the US in just shy of two days since its posting (on April 13) in last week's chart tracking period," according to

The single is also No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Streaming Songs, Dance/Electronic Songs, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.

However, "Gentleman" has been dethroned from the No. 1 spot on the K-pop Hot 100 by "Bounce" of Korea's legendary singer Cho Yong Pil.

Psy needs to aggressively promote "Gentleman" in the US to reach the No. 1 spot on Hot 100. "Gangnam Style" peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 last year but failed to top the chart.

On YouTube, the "Gentleman" music video has accumulated 226 million views since it was released last April 13.

Korean TV station KBS said it is reviewing its ban on "Gentleman" saying that the deliberation for the music video violated internal rules and procedures.

The station banned the song from airing on its channel because of the opening scene where Psy kicks a no-parking traffic cone, which it deemed as destruction of public property.

KBS announced the move as TV stations SBS and MBC approved the airing of the edited version of the music video.

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