PSY returns by sweeping music charts

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-06 16:49:19
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▲ This file photo shows PSY. (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) – S. Korean singer PSY has shown his steady popularity as the title song “That That” of the ninth full album “PSY 9th,” which was released after five years, is sweeping the major music charts in Korea.

According to the music scene on May 6, the song is ranking No. 1 on various music platforms, including Genie Music, FLO, and Bugs, on Friday at 2 p.m.

In particular, the song is maintaining its second place on the “Top 100” of Melon, the greatest music platform in Korea, following BIGBANG’s long-run hit “Still Life.” “That That” even topped the chart for a while on Friday morning.

“That That” was produced and featured by K-pop superband BTS’ Suga and it drew great attention even before its release. It has received reviews that the song received attention as the singer’s playful energy goes along with the COVID-19 “endemic.”

PSY introduced the production process of the new song at a media showcase held on Apr. 29, “Last fall, Suga said he wanted to produce me as he made the song that suits me very well,” adding, “Just in time, I thought it would be nice to stop dancing based on EDM(Electronic Dance Music) and do Latin dance, and he brought the perfect accompaniment."

PSY, who made his debut with the song "BIRD" in 2001, has already marked his 22nd debut anniversary this year, but he proved that he hasn’t lost his touch while targeting the public’s taste. The popularity of BTS’ Suga, who participated in "That That," also played a big role in the success.

Regarding the secret of the popularity of the song, the singer told Yonhap News Agency, "Wouldn’t it be a change that is unchanged,” which tries to make a musical transformation without losing its own feature.

He also mentioned, “I wanted the song to become a stretch that marks the end of the pandemic of the past two years,” adding, “I want to hear from the listeners who listen to my song, saying, ‘He’s still doing a thing like that.’”

Just like his desire to mark the endemic, PSY performed on the stage at the festival in Sungkyunkwan University for the first time in three years on May 4 and sang his hit songs for about an hour. Students responded to his energy with a "group sing-along" to quench their thirst for the festival.

PSY previously showed expectations towards the festival at a media showcase, “I’ve heard that college festivals have resumed,” adding, “I think ‘That That’ would draw a great sing-along.”

The official from P NATION, PSY’s agency, said, "As if the audiences were trying to release the accumulated energy, the atmosphere of the festival was no joke," adding, "PSY also had great passion for the festival in terms of enjoying the energy together.”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Kim Sun Min.)




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