Psy is back.
A day after unleashing the deeply wacky music video for his song "Daddy," the Korean pop star released a new album Tuesday, his first since 2012's "Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1," which spun off the global smash "Gangnam Style."
"Psy 7th Album," as the new disc is called, features collaborations with CL of the Korean girl group 2NE1 (who appears on "Daddy") and other established Korean stars, including Xia of the boy band JYJ. Yet the nine-track set also finds Psy working with will.i.am and Ed Sheeran, the latter in a remake of Sheeran's tune "Sing."
In the "Daddy" clip, which by early Tuesday had racked up close to 6 million views on YouTube, Psy's face is superimposed on the bodies of a baby and an old man. He takes a more conventional approach in the dance-focused video for another album track, "Napal Baji," which also appeared online Monday.
In a statement Psy said he put "a lot of thought" into "Daddy," which he said he'd been tinkering with since March 2014. "Seven seasons have gone by and I'm not even Beethoven," he said.
"Napal Baji," in contrast, was "made really quick after performing at a festival," he said. "One song was very difficult to make and the other wasn't. People often say that it is the easy-made songs that do well, but we'll have to see."