SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean rapper PSY says he hopes North Koreans will enjoy his new single even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula.
PSY released his latest single, "Gentleman," in 119 countries on Friday, hoping to replicate the success of "Gangnam Style," the smash YouTube hit that made him an international star almost overnight last year. The choreography for "Gentleman" - including the "arrogant dance," as PSY called it - was unveiled at a concert in Seoul on Saturday before more than 50,000 fans. The music video has been uploaded onto YouTube.
PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, said Saturday that he regretted the current tensions between the two Koreas. The situation has been grabbing global headlines, with North Korea becoming increasingly belligerent with war rumblings, leaving its neighbors wary of a possible missile test by Pyongyang.
"It's a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now," PSY said at a news conference ahead of the concert.
North and South Korea, which are divided by heavily fortified borders, are technically still at war, with the 1950-53 Korean War ending with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.
PSY said he hoped North Koreans would enjoy his new music. He said his job was to make all people, including North Koreans, laugh.