PSY changes name of upcoming single in fear of offending Arabs

PSY spoke of the decision to change the song title on Monday via a South Korean social media website. (Reuters)

PSY says he will change the title and lyrics of his potential “Gangnam Style” follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs.


The announced title for the song can be written as “Assarabia” or “Assaravia” in English. It’s slang used by South Koreans to express thrills.


The title suggests no ethnicity or body part, but worries have risen that Arabs might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory.


PSY spoke of the decision to change the song title on Monday via a South Korean social media website. Some lyrics will also change.


The YouTube sensation denied that he is due to make an appearance in Dubai this March and took to the social media site Twitter at the beginning of the month to say : “@psy_oopa: “to fans in Dubai there is some wrong information being reported. I will NOT be in Dubai March 28 but look forward to coming soon.”


After several Korean albums, PSY has promised future work in English but it isn’t clear when this will be released. The “Gangnam Style” video with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance has notched up a record 1.44 billion views on YouTube since July.
 

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