Monday, February 26, 2024

Korean messenger app offers a dose of Psy

In anticipation of a new song release of Korean singer Psy, mobile messenger Line is set to offer Psy stickers to its users, adding a little ?Gangnam? to their chat messages.

Line?s Psy stickers consist of 40 diverse items, all of which depict Psy?s humorous expressions and gestures, including his signature horse-riding dance motion. The stickers are priced at $1.99 or 100 Line coins.

?Psy has truly become a global pop icon, and he has especially captured the imagination of Filipinos of all ages,? explained Lee Jin Woo, general manager of Line Business Office at Line Plus.

?We at Line want to reach out to these fans through these stickers, and create a synergy between Psy?s worldwide fans and Line?s global users.?

?Line will always be one step ahead of users? needs, and we are constantly working to provide a wide variety of services to meet their quickly changing desires through our free app,? he added.

Together with Psy?s sticker release, Line is adding more K-POP celebrities to its current Official Account list of G-Dragon, KARA, and JYJ. New additions to the line-up will include CNBLUE, FTISLAND, Lee Min-ho, Miss A, Wonder Girls, ZE:A, 2AM and 2PM.

Line Official Accounts allow fans to add their favorite celebrities on their friends list and follow their messages, pictures and even video and audio clips on a daily basis.

Fans can also interact with celebrities in real-time during ‘On Air Mode’ where the celebrities can read and respond to messages via text.

?Line works to extend and enhance users? entertainment experience through celebrity engagement,? Lee Jin Woo explained. ?We are committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of global users for a more fun and unique communication experience.?

Psy?s promotional stickers can be availed at the Line Sticker Shop. The shop can be accessed by clicking the ?More? tab or through the Sticker Keyboard by clicking on the ?+? tab. If users receive Psy stickers from their friends during a conversation, clicking on the Psy stickers will take them to the Sticker Shop.

Psy hit the big time as he soared to the top of global charts towards the end of last year. ?Gangnam Style? clocked in more than 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first and only video so far to achieve those numbers.

The video is not only the most viewed, but it is also the most ?liked? video in YouTube history. By the end of 2012 the song had already topped the music charts of more than 30 countries.


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