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Psy: I hope North enjoys my music



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.

Psy said Saturday that he regretted the current tensions between the two Koreas. “It’s a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now,’’ he said at a news conference ahead of the concert.

Psy said his job was to make all people, including North Koreans, laugh. “Hopefully my ‘Gangnam Style,’ my ‘Gentleman,’ my music videos and my choreography ... they might enjoy them too,’’ he said.

When the “Gangnam Style’’ video went viral last year, it spun legions of parodies. Even North Korea’s government created a parody video of the hit, showing that the secretive country is well-versed in South Korean popular culture.

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