Psy takes Korean pop mainstream
Sun, 26 Aug 2012 6:31p.m.
By David Farrier
Korean pop, or K-pop, may be a popular genre of music in South Korea, but it hasn't exactly taken over the world.
Korean rapper Psy has broken through, not only in Korea, where he has been a musician for more than a decade, but in America, which is why he's in New York this week trying to make sense of it all.
If you haven't seen the pop star’s video, you might want to visit YouTube, because 60 million people have watched it on the popular video website.
The song is called ‘Gangnam Style’ and it's is taking the world by storm.
The man dancing like he's riding a horse in the video is Jae-Sang Park, stage name Psy, short for Psycho.
After 12 years in the industry, his YouTube video made him mainstream in Korea, and now in America.
“Then it goes like 1 million and 2 million, 10 million, 20 million,” he says. “It's going even faster right now so oh, what is this? I didn't expect that at all.”
The 34-year-old is still stunned.
He attended a baseball game last week in LA. Dodger Stadium noticed, played his song, and baseball fans knew the dance moves.
He's number one on iTunes in the US and just met with Justin Bieber's manager.
“There are standards, like skinny, muscular, handsome, pretty, tall, whatever. None [of those] categories belong to me.”
Translated, the song is either about what he likes in a woman, or a cutting critique on wealth and class in South Korea.
Regardless, it has other musicians talking.
“Two days ago Katy Perry tweeted my music video and she said ‘help me, I'm so addicted '. So like, really? I am addicted to you so what should I say? This is…I never expect things.”
Right now, the man responsible for making K-pop mainstream is simply thankful.
“I'm still saying 'what can I say?' I'm saying, 'what am I doing this in here?’ This is beautiful."
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31/08/2012 9:22:50 p.m.
He has been so awesome and amazing artist but this song is more fantastic and addicted.
I am so so proud not only him but k-pot singers.
28/08/2012 4:02:12 a.m.
y.j. lee wrote:
IM SO PROUD!!!!
28/08/2012 1:40:49 a.m.
AMAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZINGGGGGGGGGG! awesome song. I just LOVE IT!
27/08/2012 11:52:59 p.m.
I have liked your music for about 4 years now, as i live in Ny USA it took me a wail to find it. but now with the song gangnam style .. i am sooooo addicted, i am so shy person but this song made me want to make my first ever video, ( i really have no idea what im doing) i was at the beach shooting and there was about 20 people there .. me the shy shy person did not care and danced and laugh and they was all just staring but i didn't care for possible the first time in my life.. I am a single parent(of 5years) to 3 kids,, and This song gives me much inspiration ,, and makes me wanna DANCE DANCE DANCE !!! SENDING MUCH LOVE FROM NY USA !! ( i might die if i seen you in real Ha Ha ) :))))
27/08/2012 12:46:50 p.m.
When I heard of this song I want to dance. Psy is fun. But i wonder what make this song the first to reach the world? i never heard of Psy before, guess i always know the artist before the song.
27/08/2012 12:14:20 p.m.
Psy is fantastic! I'm glad K-Pop is finally getting recognized here. Their entertainment industry is much better than the U.S. and the musicians are superbly talented- I actually thought BigBang or 2NE1 would make the big breakthrough.
More importantly though it sounds like the reporter above called it "Gundam style" instead of "Gang-nam style". A Gundam is a Japanese futuristic Robot (think Voltron) from the Gundam Animated cartoons, or Anime.
-Is it just me who hears this?
26/08/2012 7:29:10 p.m.
He is awesome!
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