Do you know PSY?

Do you know PSY?

South Korean singer/entertainer PSY has become a sensation all over the world thanks to his hit song Gangnam Style. Park Jae-Sang (PSY’s real name) was born on December 31, 1977 in South Korea. During his college years, he studied abroad at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997.

Despite getting the classical training, PSY did not gain much from it. “I rarely went to school. At that time, I seriously doubted that you could learn creativity in school. Music isn’t something you can just learn from other people. Sometimes I regret missing classes. In hindsight, though, I became more creative because of the years of rebellion.”

PSY stayed in the U.S. until 2000 and returned home to become a recording artist. His first full-length album titled “PSY from the PSYcho World!” was released in 2001. The album immediately stirred up controversies because of “inappropriate content”, bizarre dance moves and even for his unconventional appearance. His second album, which was released …

a year later, was also drawing criticisms mainly for its blunt lyrics.

PSY went for two years of mandatory military service between 2003 and 2005. However, because he did not properly serve his full-term service, he was redrafted in 2007, being released in 2009. He married his girlfriend Yoo Hye Yeon in 2006 and had twins with her.  Afterwards, he returned to the entertainment business, and recently he has become a sensation all over the world with his hit song, “Gang Nam Style.”

“Gangnam Style” also ranked number one on iTunes Music Video charts, while the single entered Billboard Hot 200. Due to his sudden popularity, he was invited to the U.S. to appear on CNN in August 2012. From there, he kept making public appearances in such events as MTV Video Music Awards and “Saturday Night Live“. Stateside, he was later signed to Schoolboy Records, which is Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun’s label.

Speaking of “Gangnam Style”, PSY explained, “Gangnam means, it’s like Beverly Hills of Korea. But the guy doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. Dance doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. …And the situation in music video doesn’t look like Beverly Hills. But he keeps saying I’m Beverly Hills style. So that’s the point. It’s sort of a twist.”


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