Psy Performs ‘Gangnam Style’ in Gangnam for the First Time to Celebrate World Cup 2014

By Shannon Carlin

Psy has performed “Gangnam Style” all over the world. Well, everywhere except South Korea’s Gangnam district, which was the inspiration for the track. That is until today (June 18).

According to The Hollywood ReporterPsy performed his viral hit in Seoul’s now famous district of Gangnam for the very first time in honor of the World Cup. Fans were hoping to hear Psy’s new track “Hangover” featuring Snoop Dogg, but Psy said he needed to perform his biggest hit in hopes to rouse the fans of South Korea’s soccer team. The team was set to play their first game in Brazil against Russia, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

“I won’t be singing my recently released song today,” Psy told the crowd. “I can’t sing about hangovers when cheering for our national team.”

Related: Hear a Mash-Up of Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ with Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ 

Psy reportedly wore red pants and a matching red bow tie in honor of South Korea’s team. “I’ve been cheering for the World Cup since 2002, but it’s so early in the morning,” Psy said about his 6 a.m. performance. “You are the most innocent looking audiences I’ve ever had.”

Psy became a sensation in his home country during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup with his song “Champion,” which helped kick off his career in the K-pop scene.

Psy played an 8-song set, which ended with “Gangnam Style” and told the crowd he’d be returning this summer with “new tracks that are even hotter than the weather.” The singer also said he may hit the stage again if his home team proceeds to round 16. Korea is set to play Algeria on Monday, June 23.

Since releasing the video for “Hangover” last week, it has been seen over 67 million times on YouTube. Of course, it’s got a ways to go before it will beat out “Gangnam Style.”

That video reached 2 billion views on May 31, making it the first music video to hit that mark.



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