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Korean pop star PSY seen riding horse on South County beach

July 30, 2013


July 30--What was an international pop star doing on the Central Coast earlier this month? Filming his latest music video, of course.

South Korean singer/rapper PSY, of "Gangnam Style" fame, was seen riding horses on a quarter-mile strip of Oceano State Beach on July 23, according to witnesses.

Dena Bellman, the Oceano park and recreation specialist with California State Parks, confirmed that the singer filmed part of his new music video in the area, adding that PSY's production team originally had picked another filming spot for down south but that beach was "too steep" for what the performer wanted to do.

The California Public Film Commission, which helps to organize filming on state land, recommended Oceano, Bellman said.

Bellman didn't know any additional details about the music video, only that PSY's film crew had more shooting locations farther south.

"(Here) he was riding on a real horse, and then they switched to a fake one," Bellman said. "I don't really know how that fits in. I don't know the song."

Bellman said there were no incidents with the filming, and that she would happily have the crew, and the singer, back again.

PSY's K-pop single, "Gangnam Style," went viral in 2012, breaking the YouTube record for most views and becoming the first video to be viewed more than a billion times.

In April, PSY released his follow-up single, "Gentleman," which has nearly a half a billion views on YouTube. His new album is set to drop in September.


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