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Psy has new music video. World hits 'play' button.

The world may be rattled by North Korea's bellicosity. But for the moment at least, Korean pop star Psy's new song and video 'Gentleman' is the biggest news from the Korean Peninsula.

By Staff writer / April 13, 2013

South Korean rapper PSY performs his new song "Gentleman" in his concert titled "Happening" in Seoul, South Korea Saturday. PSY's first new single since his megahit "Gangnam Style" was released in 119 countries on Friday.

Kin Cheung/AP


Suppose they gave a war and everybody decided they wanted to go to a dance party instead?

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That’s pretty much what happened on the Korean Peninsula and beyond, at least for today, as pop-star Psy performed his new song “Gentleman” in a mega concert broadcast live via YouTube.

OK, the whole world wasn’t tuned in live on April 13. After all, Psy’s “Happening Concert” in South Korea occurred at a time when the typical resident of New York was rolling out of bed to walk the dog.

But it’s safe to say that lots of people will be clicking online, one way or another, to find out if Psy’s latest number compares to his “Gangnam Style,” the dance number that set YouTube records last year.

That global response remains to be seen.

But those who tuned in to the “Happening” show were treated to the theatric equivalent of a “shock and awe” bombardment. Fireworks. Thumping upbeat rhythms. Giant video screens on which Psy’s head merged at one point onto Beyonce’s body. And of course, Psy and his backup dancers gyrating up and down a massive stage.

North Korea, your missile tests have just met their match.

Really. Such an overwhelming show of indulgent, pop-culture force is enough to distract everyone from real tensions in the region. Or so it seems if you watch the video. Saber rattling generals might as well just put down their binoculars and go home.

Psy, for one, has expressed something along that line – saying he hopes North Koreans enjoy his songs.

At a press conference before the concert, he described the political division of the Korean peninsula as a "tragedy" and said he wanted North Korean people to share in the "fun and happiness" of his music.

"Tonight me and 50,000 Korean people … we are going to sing out loud. We are going to shout out loud and we are really close to them, so they can hear," he said, according to the news agency AFP.

Perhaps Monday will bring back headlines about diplomatic tensions. (In fact those headlines were there Saturday, too, right along with coverage of Psy’s concert.)

But consider again: With so many hips moving like that onstage, who needs nuclear weapons?


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