Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ slips in rankings

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Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ slips in rankings



A brake may have been pushed on a rally of Psy’s “Gentleman” as the song’s ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dropped five places to No. 26 yesterday.

The momentum behind the song’s popularity was the video streaming of the music video, but the number of views dropped by 66 percent compared to the week before and dragged down its overall score. The Hot 100 chart ranks songs based on scores from TV or radio broadcasts, song sales and streaming of the video online. The number of song sales fell by half to 36,000.

Psy predicted such a drop earlier, as he was leaving for New York last month.

“As ranks on iTunes dropped, I think the rank on Billboard will also go down,” said Psy at the airport. “However, through local promotions, through TV, radio and other media outlets, I think the song will create another [rising] trajectory within two or three weeks.”

Meanwhile, local terrestrial channel KBS confirmed its previous decision not to air Psy’s music video. It said it might reconsider if Psy alters the problematic scene in which he vandalizes public property.

By Lee Sun-min
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