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The World's Most Popular Liquor Is...

... soju, a Korean spirit that Psy calls his 'best friend'

(Newser) - Vodka and tequila, head to the back of the bar. The world's most popular liquor is a South Korean spirit called soju, which has topped a best-selling-drink list for years and sold 65 million cases on this year's list alone, the Guardian reports. It's made from barley,...

Here's PSY's Followup to 'Gangnam Style'

But what, exactly, is it about?

(Newser) - So much for " Assarabia ": PSY's new single is out, and it carries the innocuous title of "Gentleman." Quite a few outlets are wondering what exactly the song, which features a mixture of Korean and English lyrics, is about; according to the AP , it "pokes...

PSY's Next Song Has Unfortunate Title

He's changing the name of 'Assarabia'

(Newser) - You'll soon have a new favorite song, as PSY plans a follow-up to "Gangnam Style"—but the rapper has to change the name first. The announced title is "Assarabia," South Korean slang used to express thrills. Though the AP notes that the word has nothing...

Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un Chill, Watch Basketball

Ex-basketball star is first American Kim has met with

(Newser) - Maybe John Kerry should wear a feathered boa and rebound more. North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un has met with exactly zero American diplomats in the 14 months since his father died, but today he sat with Dennis Rodman to watch a basketball game involving North Korean players...

South Korea's 1st Woman President Takes Helm

Park Geun-hye faces nuclear North, divided South

(Newser) - South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, was inaugurated today—three decades after the assassination of her father, Park Chung-hee, who led a dictatorship for 18 years. Park enters office at a moment of heightened tensions with the North, weeks after its latest nuclear test, the New York Times...

S. Korea's Inaugural Gets Gangnam Style

PSY will perform at inaugural of Park Geun-hye

(Newser) - Maybe he'll want to think twice about lip-syncing , but PSY is giving his native South Korea a little Gangnam style for its upcoming presidential inauguration. It's actually unclear whether his horse-riding romp will make the cut (he has other songs?), but he's confirmed to perform at the...

Another Huge YouTube Feat for 'Gangnam Style'

Video has racked up 1B views

(Newser) - Korean rapper PSY has accomplished what even Justin Bieber could not: His "Gangnam Style" video is the first to hit one billion views on YouTube , Mashable reports. Now that the milestone has been achieved, a dancing animated version of the rapper appears next to the view counter on the...

Translators: Psy Didn't Really Say 'Kill Those Yankees'

Bad translation fuels controversy

(Newser) - If you've had trouble enjoying " Gangnam Style " ever since hearing that Psy once urged people to kill Americans , well, we've got some good news. It looks like the lyrics to "Dear American"—which was a cover from a band called NEXT—may have been...

Obama Attends PSY Gig Despite Controversy

Gangnam star performs at Christmas in Washington concert

(Newser) - President Obama and his family attended a charity concert starring K-Pop juggernaut PSY last night despite controversy over anti-American lyrics he rapped in 2004 . Other performers at the annual "Christmas in Washington" concert, which raises funds for a children's hospital and has been attended by the first family...

PSY Apologizes for Anti-US Rap

Controversy comes before show in front of president

(Newser) - South Korea's PSY has issued an apology for an anti-American rap he delivered at a 2004 concert, reports TMZ . The lyrics spoke of slowly killing US soldiers and their families, and PSY says it was "part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the...

Uncovered: PSY's Anti-American Past

'Gangnam Style' star once rapped about killing US soldiers

(Newser) - There's no doubt Korean rapper PSY is beloved across America, but the "Gangnam Style" star doesn't necessarily feel the same way about America—or at least, he didn't a few years ago. During a 2002 concert protesting the presence of US troops in Korea, PSY smashed...

'Gangnam Style' Tops YouTube's Most-Watched List

Psy's incredibly viral video is officially No.1

(Newser) - Move over, Justin Bieber: Psy has just ended your reign on YouTube. The Korean singing star's quirky "Gangnam Style" video became YouTube's most-watched ever today with 805 million views, passing Bieber's "Baby" by about a million, Mashable reports. "Gangnam Style" also had an average...

AMA's Big Winner: a Canadian
 AMA's Big Winner: a Canadian 
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AMA's Big Winner: a Canadian

Justin Bieber dominates the night with 3 awards

(Newser) - The big winner at last night's American Music Awards was ... a Canadian. Justin Bieber won artist of the year, which he also grabbed in 2010, as well as favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album. "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought...

PSY Teaches 'Gangnam Style' Dance to UN Boss

As Ai Weiwei releases weird parody

(Newser) - South Korean rapper PSY has taught his insanely popular "Gangnam Style" dance to Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres and even Wolverine, aka Hugh Jackman —but his latest student may be his most impressive yet. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon did the "horse dance" alongside PSY at UN...

'Gangnam Style' Hits No. 1 in UK

PSY's viral hit also on track for YouTube record

(Newser) - "Gangnam Style," the wildly popular hit from South Korean rapper PSY, has made it to No. 1 on the UK charts, Sky News reports. It could also become the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with more than 336 million views as of today. For some perspective, Australia'...

Gangnam Style: The Substance Behind the Goofy Dance

 Gangnam Style: 
 The Substance 
 Behind the 
 Goofy Dance 

Gangnam Style: The Substance Behind the Goofy Dance

It's a critique of South Korea's wealthiest residents

(Newser) - You might think PSY's viral horse dance , Gangnam Style, is hysterical, but the AP takes a look at the serious social commentary behind the rapper's theatrics. The video offers up a critique of Seoul's ritzy Gangnam neighborhood, which is filled with new money, plastic surgery clinics, and...

'Horse-Riding' Dance-Off Sparks Gang Shootout

Thai gang members start fight by dancing

(Newser) - While South Korean pop star Psy shows the world his new "horse-riding" dance, Thai teens used it in a West Side Story-style standoff that escalated into a gunfight, the Guardian reports. Members of two gangs were eating at the same restaurant in Bangkok when younger gang-bangers began dancing Gangnam-style...

Pharoah's Obama Kicks Off SNL's New Season

Highlights include Eastwood, Psy

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live kicked off its 38th season last night, reports Mediaite , with Seth MacFarlane in the co-host slot and castmember Jay Pharoah debuting his impersonation of Barack Obama in the episode's Cold Open. Taran Killam also debuted as the show's choice to portray Paul Ryan, and Jason...

Psy Teaches Ellen, Britney His Horse Dance

'Gangnam Style' rapper makes surprise appearance

(Newser) - Even Britney Spears loves Korean rapper Psy's outrageously popular "Gangnam Style," and in an episode of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show airing today, Brit gets to learn how to do the video's now-famous "horse dance." Gawker and Reddit spotted the clip, which is mostly hilarious—...

Everyone Loves Korean Rapper's 'Horse Dance'
 Everyone Loves 
 Korean Rapper's 
 'Horse Dance' 

Everyone Loves Korean Rapper's 'Horse Dance'

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' the latest craze

(Newser) - The latest dance craze involves … galloping around as if you were riding a horse. Sounds awkward, but it's caught on, thanks to South Korean rapper Psy (that's short for Psycho; real name Park Jae-sang). "There's a saying in Korean. 'Let's ride a horse'...

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