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3:55 pm - 04/16/2013

Psy 'Gentleman' Gets Mixed Feelings From Japan


Last year when the rest of the world was riding on invisible horses and rocking out to the international hit "Gangnam Style," the Japanese appeared almost untouched by the magically infectious tune. The Japanese, who generally are very big consumers of Korean pop music, were not taking the bait.

Throughout the rest of the world "Gangnam Style" was hitting the tops of the music charts and people everywhere were glued to their computer screens to watch the music video over and over again on YouTube. But not the Japanese.

For some bizarre reason, Psy's popular 2012 single was not nearly as successful in Japan as it was everywhere else in the world. It was almost as if the Japanese were immune to its satirical lyrics and silly dance moves. In fact, they were generally pretty darn negative about it.

When Psy appeared on a popular Japanese talk show to talk about the song last year, the viewer and netizen response was all around not very favorable at all.

"Gentleman," however, seems to be a (slightly) different story. Instead of being booed and ignored as with "Gangnam Style," the dance-pop club track has polarized the country into those who love it and those who absolutely hate it. While it may be shimmying its way up the Japanese iTunes list, the single is far from being a break-out hit.

It has the benefit of being a superb song to dance to, and borrowing the Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra" dance has certainly helped its numbers. "Gentleman" is also not as Korea-centric as its predecessor, which also helps to increase appeal in Japan. But many Japanese are still not biting. In fact, the single's release has stirred up a lot of responses like "I don't understand why Psy is popular" or "I don't see much creativity in it."

Why do you think the Japanese aren't jumping on the Psy bandwagon?


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aibada 16th-Apr-2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
this is such a srs bsns
benihime99 16th-Apr-2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Life changing
ambersolle 16th-Apr-2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
I don't understand Psy and Gangnam Style's popularity.
badoy 16th-Apr-2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
i just woke up one day and everyone's playing and dancing it here. even the DJs i know who aren't fond of kpop (or pop in other languages they dont understand) started talking about it -- how funny the video is blah blah blah... i mean the mv's funny, the song's witty, but i dont really understand the hype too.
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enorcsi 16th-Apr-2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
THIS, excluding the hopefully failing part, cause I don't really care
holmesfreak1412 16th-Apr-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
I like Kpop but even so, Gangnam Style haven't hit the heart in me. Neither did Gentlemen which by the way is obviously a remake of Gangnam Style. No creativity at all you might say. I prefer the Brown Eyed Girls more.

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myharu 16th-Apr-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
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kazeyumi 16th-Apr-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
only a matter of time now
chibi_high08 cool until mainstream16th-Apr-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
well I remember when gangnam style first came out before it was even heard of over here in America and I was super into it because it was so catchy and I liked the dancing. But once America got wind of it I was sick of it. Almost every person and radio station running around singing "Oppan GUNDAM Style" which pissed me off even more 'cuz they couldn't even pronounce it and knew nothing about it. People running around with horse heads and doing the dance and even the little kids were doing it that it just drove me nuts. haven't listened to it since.

I feel like Gangnam style is a fad like most hit songs nowadays, and it's getting harder and harder for artists to top the bar that's been set, let alone keep their fame. Most people after gangnam style just went back to their lives after the fad ended. It's really hard to top a song that broke so many records :/
johnnypenn Re: cool until mainstream16th-Apr-2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Harlem's as bad as Gangnam style.
But what's worse is whenever I hear the song title, I think of G Gundam mobile fighter because it sound so similar to me.
a_cheshire_grin 16th-Apr-2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ga-In was THE ONLY good thing in this whole PV! *my goddess*
yamaapero 16th-Apr-2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
until now, I still don't understand why people love "Gangnam Style" so much...
eevaleena 16th-Apr-2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm with you =__=
faifantc 16th-Apr-2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
I mean... because PSY is simply just not that special.
johnnypenn 16th-Apr-2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
I refuse to jump onto anyone's band wagon, especially some nut who's Anti-American but will gladly take money from a bunch of people who don't know any better and go around looking the fool with that god aweful dance. I don't give a shit about how dance worthy Gentleman is, I refuse to listen to it. I refuse to listen to this ass at all. I would rather listen to Yuya Matsushita's Paradise on re-peat!

I jump on no one's band wagon but my own and Psy can go and ride a turkey for all I care.

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k0dama 16th-Apr-2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Because for them "funny asian guy being really funny" waters down to "guy on tv"?

It's really not about creativity, honestly. Look at AKB. They're not popular because they're "creative".
ditzyandroid 16th-Apr-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
This so much.

Edited at 2013-04-16 08:38 pm (UTC)
myharu 16th-Apr-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
I mean does Japan have to like it? Should we care if they don't lol? The only hype train Japan needs to hope is the Daft Punk hype train because their new album is gonna slay~

I have no shame in what I've just done.
urubaby21 16th-Apr-2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
baboboy 16th-Apr-2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
I was watching tv last night and some channel was playing the video and when it ended one of the guys said: I can't believe this shit has a lot of views in youtube
dramaticsurgeon 16th-Apr-2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
America is not really known for its classy taste in music, tbh. We love anything that's just plain awful or awkward as much as anything good. Look at Rebecca Black becoming a household name almost overnight. And Harlem Shake. Dear god, Harlem Shake... =_=

And I remember a slightly baffled Psy on one of the American talk shows basically saying "it's just a song about dancing cheesy while dressing up fancy." I'm paraphrasing but you get the idea. He most likely didn't expect anyone over here to go OMG THIS IS AWESOME, especially as someone who's not very fond of the U.S., but the nature of the entertainment word is to latch on to anything that becomes popular and milk it until it's been bled to death. If he can make money off of this, I don't see why he wouldn't take the opportunity. Kind of ironic on both sides, really.

As far as why neither of his singles have really taken off in Japan, I get the feeling it's mainly because they're already used to seeing crazy stuff in their mainstream media. Psy just wasn't outlandish enough to set off their radar.
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