Offensive or not? Psy's new song is called 'Assarabia'

21 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

Psy’s new song is to be unveiled on April 13, but for now, all anyone wants to talk about is its 'controversial' title -- Assarabia. U.S. music magazines such as Billboard and Rolling Stone and Britain’s The Sun reported that Psy, who shot to stardom with his addictive music video for “Gangnam Style,‘ decided to change the Korean title of his new song “Assarabia‘ as it could be misheard as offensive.YG Entertainment, Psy’s agency, said the 39-year-old singer considered changing the title even before the controversy because he found the title hard for foreign fans to pronounce and understand. Psy had been embroiled in a similar dispute over the pronunciation of a word in his song, “Champion.‘ The Korean word 'neegah', meaning 'you', sounds similar to a derogatory term for African Americans.  The Korean singer is set to unveil the much-anticipated single on April 13 at his “Happening‘ concert.

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