[Weekly Digest: Apr. 25-May 1] PSY makes comeback after 5 years with LP 'PSY 9th'... Jeonju film festival starts with 217 films

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-01 09:00:35
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by Ra Hwak Jin / An Hayeon 


▲ This photo, provided by P Nation, shows PSY's new album "PSY 9th." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

◇ PSY makes a comeback after five years with LP 'PSY 9th'

PSY, who rose to global fame through his viral video "Gangnam Style," made a long-awaited comeback Friday with his ninth full-length album that he said was made "with great care."

"It's an album I have prepared for a long time, with great care," the 44-year-old singer-rapper said during a press event to promote the album at a Seoul hotel, Friday. "Aside from the main track, I made either a music video or performance video for seven other tracks."

The album also features top-tier artists in the K-pop industry such as BTS's Suga, Sung Si-kyung, Heize, Crush, Tablo and Hwasa of girl group Mamamoo.

"Seven younger musicians took part in the album, and all of them gladly accepted my offer without any conditions attached. I was very proud that such hot and young musicians communicated with me without a sense of alienation even though I'm no longer young," said PSY.

The singer's agency P Nation announced that the artist's 2012 global hit "Gangnam Style" exceeded 4.4 billion streams on YouTube on Thursday.

"It is a very special song to me," Psy said of the viral single. "It is like the biggest trophy on display in a corner of my room."

Unveiled in July 2012, the main track from his sixth full-length album became a global sensation as its comical music video and the singer's trademark horse dance went viral.


▲ This file photo shows the hosts Jang Hyun-sung (right) and Yoo In-na (left) of Jeonju film festival. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


◇ Jeonju film festival starts with 217 films

The annual Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), the country's largest showcase of indie and art house films, started its 10-day run in the southwestern city of Jeonju on Thursday.

A total of 217 films from 52 countries will be shown during the 23rd edition, which runs until May 7. Out of the total invited works, 112 films will be also available on JIFF's online platform.

The sci-fi film "After Yang," directed and written by Korean American Kogonada, opened the festival, while the French drama "Full Time" by Eric Gravel will close the event.

Nine films were chosen for the Korean competition section, including "Mother and Daughter," "Archaeology of Love" and "Drown," and more than half of the invitees were helmed by female directors, JIFF said.

For this year's JIFF, director Yeon Sang-ho of "Train to Busan" (2016) will serve as a special programmer, while a screening program to present works of renowned director Lee Chang-dong will also be featured.

At the opening ceremony held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, about 150 filmmakers, including Justin H. Min, Na Moon-hee, and Park Ha-sun, the main characters of the opening film "After Yang," stepped on the red carpet.

When actors Jang Hyun-sung and Yoo In-na, who hosted the event, said, "I wanted to meet you," the audience cheered and applauded loudly to celebrate the start of the festival, which found itself in three years.



▲ This photo, provided by P Nation shows the poster for PSY's title song "That That," featuring BTS's Suga. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


◇ PSY x SUGA’s “THAT THAT,” surpasses 36 million views in 36 hours

Singer PSY’s title song “That That” from the ninth full album "PSY9th," topped the iTunes Top Songs chart in 73 countries including the U.S., Japan, and Canada, according to the agency P Nation, Saturday.

The album also topped the iTunes Top Album chart in Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

“That That” has gained much attention even before the release as BTS’s member Suga produced and participated in the featuring of the song.

The song ranked No. 1 on the Genie and Bugs real-time charts after its release and was recorded at No. 8 in the Top 100 Melon chart (as of 2 p.m. on April 30).


"That That" music video surpassed 36 million views at 6 a.m. on May 1st, after it was released on YouTube at 6 p.m. (KST) on 29th April. 

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