Psy re­turns to roots with new al­bum

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL: South Korean rap­per Psy has gone back to ba­sics with his eighth full-length al­bum, pay­ing greater at­ten­tion to his home fans while do­ing what he loves most — “go­ing crazy” on stage.

The star said he had moved on from the suc­cess of the 2012 smash hit that sent him fly­ing to the top of mu­sic charts around the world and shaped him into the in­ter­na­tional artiste he is today.

gave me fame while as a cre­ator, but I’m not one to linger in the past and make two, three, four ver­sions of be­cause I’m hung up on its fame,” Psy said.

“It was prob­a­bly the big­gest tro­phy the world could have given me. It is now some­thing on the shelf I can ad­mire from time to time.”

Psy, 39, or Park Jai-sang, said he had for­got­ten his roots with the pop­u­lar­ity of which holds the world record for most watched video with 2.8 bil­lion views on YouTube as of Mon­day.

He has more than 10 mil­lion sub­scribers on his YouTube chan­nel.

“It was like an ad­dic­tion,” said Psy. “Like when you throw a party, it takes some time for that ex­cite­ment to die down af­ter it’s over. I think it took a while for that ex­hil­a­ra­tion to sub­side. Now I’m back to my nor­mal life.”

Then where are Psy’s roots? Per­form­ing on stage, he said. All his ap­pear­ances are linked to the lat­est al­bum, with sin­gles and

car­ry­ing that mes­sage.

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