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Psy Knocked Off Top of South Korean Music Charts By 63-Year-Old Pop Singer

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South Korean rapper Psy, right, and his competitor, 63-year-old Cho Yong-pil.

By    |   Friday, 26 Apr 2013 08:02 AM

"Gangnam Style" star and South Korean rapper Psy has a new viral music video, "Gentleman," that has surged to the top of the music charts. But the new hit has to contend with a song by a 63-year-old easy-listening pop singer to make it to number one on the charts, according to Reuters.

"Gangnam Style", which holds the YouTube record for most views with more than 1.5 billion, catapulted Psy, a sunglassed Korean with the garish jackets, to world stardom and made him one of the best-known faces to grace the growing K-pop music scene.

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But Cho Yong-pil, who has been a fixture of Korean pop music since 1975 with his electronic music and ballads, took over the top spot in Korea with "Bounce," according to both the daily and weekly charts on Naver, Korea's top Internet portal.

Fans lined up to buy "Hello," Cho's first album in a decade, when it went on sale earlier this week, and packed a stadium concert on Tuesday with people screaming his nickname of "Oppa" - a word used by Korean women for older men that Psy took to the world with the refrain "Oppa Gangnam Style".

Cho's songs took the top 10 places on the daily charts, pushing "Gentleman" to no. 13, and Psy had to settle for second place on the weekly charts.

But "Gentleman" surged to fifth place on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and has racked up over 220 million views on YouTube after smashing the record for first-day views for songs.

Psy told reporters he had nothing but respect for the veteran crooner, noting that Cho had praised him at a Tuesday news conference.

"I couldn't be happier, although getting on the Billboard chart also makes me really grateful," Psy said on Thursday, just before leaving for the United States.

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"Gangnam Style" star and rapper Psy has a new viral music video, "Gentleman," that has surged to the top of the music charts. But to make it to number one in South Korea his new hit has to contend with a song by a 63-year-old easy-listening pop singer.
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