Meet the man who has the whole world dancing 'Gangnam Style' (Created 10/4/2013)
Seen as a mystery wrapped inside of an enigma nestled in a freak show, South Korean rapper Psy has become nothing short of a global superstar.
Yes, Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, is the man responsible for that now infamous refrain "Oppan Gangnam Style" (translated as "Big brother is Gangnam style," with Psy referring to himself). The song swept the nation in 2012, and by December 21 the video exceeded 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first and only video to do so in the website's history. That feat led to Psy being recognized by the media as "The King of YouTube," and he's been traversing the globe ever since.
Known mostly for his personality, which translates to humorous videos and stage performances, Psy was little known outside of South Korea and used the power of the Internet to secure his place in pop-culture history. His "Gangnam Style" actually refers to the the Gangnam District where he grew up, which is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul , South Korea. Gangnam literally translates to "South of the (Han) River" and has a population of more than 500,000. He ultimately came to the United States and spent time studying music at Boston College and Berklee, but returned to his native country without a degree.
Did you know Psy's first full-length album was actually called "Psy from the psycho World!," which drew fines from the South Korean government due to "inappropriate content." Since 2001, he's been dubbed "The Bizarre Singer" and spent 11 years waiting for his international breakthrough. It came with the release of his sixth album "Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1" and the release of "Gangnam Style." The rest is history, and Psy's wave of popularity continues.
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