Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ crosses 110 million YouTube views
South Korea’s pop sensation Psy’s new music video called “Gentleman” has today crossed the coveted 100 million views mark on YouTube. The latest development has ended another record on Google owned video-sharing site. The video for “Gentleman” was a long awaited follow up to the South Korean singer’s global hit, “Gangnam style”. So far, it has received 114.4 million hits and topped 100 million in record time since it was posted four days ago. “Gentleman” is the top 10 songs on iTunes stores in France, Australia, Canada and Britain and topped the chart in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Greece as of this morning. According to industry statistics that I checked, the previous record was set by the video of Scotland’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle singing “I Dreamed A Dream” in the TV show, which received 100 million hits in just over a week in 2009.
The Korean latest hit racked up around 20 million hits in the first 24 hours that shattered the previous record for first-day views of 8.0 million set by Canadian star Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” video in May 2012. I have watched the “gentleman” video that shows the singer, dancing at various locations in and around Seoul including a high-end clothing store wearing sunglasses, restaurant, swimming pool and a library. Interestingly, the storyline features the Psy teasing and playing practical jokes on women, like pulling their chairs away as they are about to sit or untying a woman’s bikini top at a swimming pool, before meeting his match. The video clearly shows the quirky singer’s signature self-mocking character has left many music fans satisfied. I wonder if the latest song from Psy will smash the records set by a satire on the luxury lifestyle of Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district, in “gangnam” hit song that made it the most-watched YouTube video of all time after registering more than 1.5 billion views since it debuted last July. Only time will tell.