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Psy is really Park Jae-sang (Korean: 박재상; born December 31, 1977) and is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer Better known by his stage name, Psy (Korean: 싸이, IPA: [s͈ai]; English: /ˈsaɪ/ sy), he is popular for his humorous videos and stage performances, and has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Ellen Degeneres Show, Extra, Good Sunday: X-Man, The Golden Fishery, The Today Show, and Saturday Night Live.
PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video is the most viewed K-pop video on YouTube, and also the most "liked" video on the site ever. Published on July 15, 2012, its popularity continues to grow rapidly with the video having 332 million views, and more than 3.2 million "likes" as of October 1, 2012.
What is Gangman Style??
"Gangnam" means "south(nam) of the river(gang)" in Korean. In this song, the "river(gang)" is the Han River, which penetrates the City of Seoul, capital of South Korea. The northern part of Seoul(gangbuk) has been the capital of Korea since the early 15th century. Development of Gangnam and expansion of Seoul started in 1970s. Gangnam is the icon of the rapid economic development of South Korea in 1970s and 80s. Mostly benefited from skyrocketing real estate price followed by planned economic development, Gangnam has become the most wealthy area in the entire South Korea. "Gangnam" is being regarded as the place where people are rich, girls are pretty and everything is supposed to be cool.
In 2012, PSY released his 6th album PSY's Best 6th Part 1 and the song "Gangnam Style" met huge international success. The choreography for "Gangnam Style" was highlighted in international news and became a viral hit. On August 14, "Gangnam Style" ranked first on YouTube's 'Most Viewed Videos' monthly chart and it has received over 330 million views on YouTube. On August 21, 2012, Gangnam Style officially charted #1 on the iTunes Music Video Charts, overtaking Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me" and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake"; this feat is the first for any South Korean artist. On August 2, 2012, Psy was shown on CNN for the first time in the USA. On September 11, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and taught the dance to Britney Spears. On September 14, 2012, he appeared on The Today Show on NBC in New York City, performing the song live and teaching dance moves to the anchors. The following day, he also made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live during a skit featuring "Gangnam Style."
Says Gangman about his videos "When I realized that some top stars like have imagined or tweeted about me, I thought, 'That’s joking. That’s not gonna happen...' I never expect things like this, not because they are top stars, but because this is the biggest market in the universe for pop music, right, so everybody’s dreaming about having appearance in the U.S. so I’m still saying, 'What going on here? This is beautiful.'"
Riding high on the success of "Gangnam Style", Psy was signed by Scooter Braun to Braun's Schoolboy Records, a label distributed by Universal Republic. Psy has written many hit songs of varying genres for different singers. His most famous composition perhaps is Lee Seung Ki’s debut song "Because You Are My Woman".
PSY was born in Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea on December 31, 1977 and later attended Banpo (반포) Elementary School, Banpo Middle School, and Sehwa (세화) High School. Park went on to attend both Boston University and Berklee College of Music. He describes himself as not following the K-pop mold.
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