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PSY to revise song over worry it may offend Arabs

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:16 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea >> 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. It suggests no ethnicity or body part, but worries have risen that Arabs might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory.

PSY said Monday on a South Korean social media website that he has decided to change the title. Some lyrics also will change.

After several Korean albums, PSY has promised future work in English but it isn't clear when. The "Gangnam Style" video with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance has a record 1.44 billion views on YouTube since July.

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AmbienDaze wrote:
Allahu Akbar!
on March 19,2013 | 04:49AM
Morimoto wrote:
RIP Osama Bin Laden
on March 19,2013 | 12:36PM
allie wrote:
enough hatred and cultural slop! Respect all cultures
on March 19,2013 | 07:32AM
mrluke wrote:
It should work both ways, "allie".
on March 19,2013 | 08:02AM
newsjunky1 wrote:
But he wasn't worried about offending America with one of his songs.
on March 19,2013 | 07:50AM
mrluke wrote:
Because we don't mark people for death over "offensive" lyrics.
on March 19,2013 | 08:04AM
Ratrase wrote:
Is this important or newsworthy?
on March 19,2013 | 08:02AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I know of no one who bought his Gangnam Song.
on March 19,2013 | 11:35AM
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