PSY Dishes About Changing His 'Gangnam Style'

Laura Ferreiro
Yahoo MusicJune 9, 2014

If you've attended a sporting event, turned on the radio or surfed the web in the past couple of years, chances are you're familiar with PSY's 2012 smash hit, "Gangnam Style," and its accompanying video, replete with "horsey" dance moves and one of the catchiest choruses in recent memory. The clip just broke the Guinness World Record for the most viewed video on YouTube, racking up more than 2 billion views and catapulting the Korean singer to international stardom.

Now the 36-year-old superstar born Park Jae-Sang has created another memorable romp with "Hangover," a new single and video he released Sunday night. The video features PSY and rap icon Snoop Dogg wandering the streets, bars and convenience stores of South Korea, boozing it up and, of course, busting out some impressive dance moves.

"[Snoop Dogg] flew all the way to Korea to shoot the music video – we literally shot more than 20 locations in 18 hours," PSY told Yahoo Music at the YouTube Space LA on the eve of "Hangover's" release. "Snoop said it was the most horrible shooting of his life. He [could] not take a break in Korea; he literally shot just 18 hours in Korea and then [got] on the plane to different countries so he was really helping me big time."

PSY said it was a dream-come-true to work with Snoop Dogg, whom he has admired since his college days. "I was a huge fan," he says. "He's one of the principal reasons I started to rap. I literally learned how to rap by translating his lyrics into Korean. So all through these years I still cannot believe I'm collaborating with him."

PSY admits that he feels pressure to live up to his previous "Gangnam Style" success, but acknowledges that the odds are against lightning striking twice. "How can four or five continents dance the same move at the same time without recognizing the lyrics?" he asks incredulously. "So I think it's not gonna happen again. I'm doing my job, I've gotta maintain. But 2 billion views? That's more than many, it's too much."

So how does PSY intend to follow the tremendous success of "Gangnam Style?" Rather than attempting to repeat this magic formula, PSY says he's ready to move on. "I cannot maintain this kind of similar [success] with EDM music, with [a] funny dance, with [a] funny video," he says. "I cannot beat 'Gangnam Style' anyway. So I should refresh myself and people and everything with a different genre… after 'Hangover' I have to refresh."