Park Jae-sang(born December 31, 1977), hangul : 박재상, hanja : 朴載相, better known by his stage namePsy( Korean :싸이,IPA: [s?ai];//SY), stylizedPSY, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single " Gangnam Style ". The song's refrain "OppanGangnam Style" (translated as "Big brother (to a female) is Gangnam style", with Psy referring to himself)was entered intoThe Yale Book of Quotationsas one of the most famous quotations of 2012.On October 23, 2012, Psy met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters where Ban expressed his desire to work with the singer because of his "unlimited global reach".On December 21, 2012, his music video for "Gangnam Style" exceeded one billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to do so in the website's history.Psy was subsequently recognized by the media as the "King of YouTube".On May 31, 2014, the video for Psy's Gangnam Style hit two billion views.In December 2012, MTV noted Psy's rise from little-known outside of South Korea to "global superstar", and, for being first in the YouTube-era to secure a place in pop-culture history, hailed the singer as the "Viral Star of 2012".On December 31, 2012, Psy performed in a globally televised New Year's Eve celebration with American rapper MC Hammer on-stage in front of a live audience of over a million people in Times Square , New York City.
On January 16, Rain appeared as a guest on SBS 'CultTwo Show'to promote his new song, "The Best Present"! The singer confessed that Psy was the mastermind behind his new single, saying,"At first, he just gave me some songs, but then he star…
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Psyand his wife sold theirLos Angelescondo for$1.995 million USD!
His mother, Kim Young-hee, owns several restaurants in Gangnam.
also created controversy upon its release in 2002, earning complaints from civil groups due to the potentially negative influence his album would have on children and teenagers. Since then, Psy has been thought of as a controversial artist, andSa 2was banned in 2002 from being sold to the under-19 set. In September of the same year, Psy released his third album3 Psy. The album's title song, "Champion", saw great success partly due to the hype from the World Cup games held in Seoul. Despite the significant amount of controversy surrounding his music, Psy was awarded songwriting accolades at the annual Seoul Music Awards , marking his breakthrough in the South Korean music industry.
In 2006, Psy released his fourth albumSa Jib, which won honors at the 2006 SBS Music Awards and Hong Kong's Mnet Asian Music Awards .
PsyFivein 2010, and its lead single "Right Now" was banned from under-19 audiences by South Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family for what it deemed an "obscene" lyric, "Life is like toxic alcohol".Despite the ban, Psy received awards during the 2011 Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards .Psy had, up until this point, topped domestic music charts half a dozen times throughout his twelve-year career in South Korea.
in Osaka . His performance was broadcast by Mezamashi TV (mezamashimeaning "wake-up alarm"), a Japanese news magazine show produced by Fuji Television . This marked his first appearance on a foreign broadcasting network.During the concert, Psy introduced himself to his Japanese fans with a sign that read "I’m a famous singer well-known for driving the audience wild in Korea, but here, today, I’m just a little chubby newcomer" and sang five of his hit songs while Japanese TV commentators expressed their approval in their astonishment at his humorous incorporation of the moves of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé .
The Gangnam Style phenomenon has also popularized his older music videos, such as "Right Now."On September 14, 2012, he appeared onThe Today Showon 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 onSaturday Night Liveduring a skit featuring "Gangnam Style."
According to Reuters , U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon scheduled a meeting with Psy in the belief that music has great power to overcome intolerance.On October 23, 2012, they met at the United Nations Headquarters where Ban expressed his desire to work with Psy. He remarked that Psy has an "unlimited global reach" and said, "I hope that we can work together using your global reach."
, Psy was appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The Independent, tickets for his speech were "in such demand they had to be assigned by ballot – a method not required when former presidential candidate John McCain spoke earlier that year, nor when Mother Teresa , the Dalai Lama nor Michael Jackson spoke."
A few days later, American singer-songwriter Madonna performed a mashup of "Gangnam Style" and " Give It 2 Me " alongside Psy and her backup dancers during a concert in New York City at Madison Square Garden during her MDNA Tour . Psy later told reporters that his gig with Madonna had "topped his list of accomplishments."
He met actor and stunt performer Jackie Chan , who called him a role model that proved that "dreams do come true".
It was announced on January 27, 2013, that Psy would perform at South Korea's presidential inauguration ceremony on February 25, 2013.
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He had reportedly invested US$2.7 million into the production of the concert.
, taking over the role ofVishnu( Prabhu Deva ) in the original film.
On May 6, 2013, PSY appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael and taught Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan how to do the Gentleman Dance. He appeared on the show again on May 21, 2013 and performed his recent song, "Gentleman".
American Idolseason 12 on May 16, 2013, Psy performed "Gentleman".
won the popular vote with 22,533 votes. Winners were to be announced June 14, 2013. However, Psy postponed his decision until June 18, 2013, and chose Ricardo to be his chef, in spite of the popular vote.
On June 8, 2013, Psy and his troupe performed "Gentleman" on the Finale of Britain's Got Talent, Series 7.
On June 16, 2013, Psy co-hosted the Canadian MuchMusic Video Awards , where he also opened the show with his world-wide hit "Gangnam Style" and ended the show with "Gentleman".
On June 9, 2014, Psy released a new single, " Hangover ", featuring American rapper Snoop Dogg , and announced his intention to release a new song titled "Daddy".
Although his music is part of the K-pop (Korean popular music) genre, Beth Hong fromThe Vancouver Observernoted that Psy doesn't fit the standard K-pop idol image of being incredibly young, good-looking, and able to carry a melodramatic note."
while others consider him to be "the antithesis of what is popular in Korean pop music".
while Gil Kaufman from MTV described the singer as one of the "biggest pop sensations in the world."
During the span of his career, Psy was awarded multiple Guinness World Records for:
In an interview with Agence France-Presse , Psy affirmed that "It will be only a matter of time before K-Pop will produce many others like Psy."
South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized Psy's cultural achievements by bestowing upon him the Okgwan Order , a 4th grade Order of Cultural Merit .
They have twin daughters.
, Psy stated that he has a drinking problem , noting that the only time he isn't drinking alcohol is when he is hung over .
Psy was also fined in January 2002 for the marijuana incident.
In the early 2010s, South Korea's Sunshine Policy towards North Korea was abolished as tensions between the two countries continued to increase. As a result, Psy was questioned by the media on several occasions regarding his views on North Korea.
Right before the start of a concert in Seoul , Psy added:
|“||Tonight me and 50,000 Korean people... we are going to sing out loud. We are going to shout out loud and we are really close to them, so they (the North Koreans ) can hear us.||”|
(an American news website), Psy was asked to give his take on Kim Jong-un 's recent threats against South Korea and the United States, to which he replied: "Well, as an entertainer, I don’t want to talk about politics. As a Korean citizen, I want peace. That’s all I can say. I want permanent peace."
which fueled a significant amount of anti-American sentiment in South Korea . Inspired by that incident, Psy lifted up a miniature model of an 'American tank' and smashed it against the stage.
Some of the lyrics, referring to the guards who tortured Iraqi prisoners, were inaccurately translated by CNN as follows: "Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives and those who ordered them to torture," and "Kill [the Yankees'] daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers / Kill them all slowly and painfully."It was later revealed that the actual Korean lyrics did not include the word "Yankee" or any other pejorative referring specifically to Americans.
Fisher also states that the word translated 'Yankee' in the CNN iReport was underplayed, with one Korean American describing the slur as an "nearly untranslatable" racist “epithet,” perhaps best approximated as “foreign barbarian.” Fisher notes that one translator indicates that the slur is meant as "a derogatory term for American", and that others have translated the slur alternately as "Yankee", "big nose", and "despicable Western women and men".
As a result of the controversy, a petition circulated on the website of the White House demanding that he be dropped from the concert, although the petition was deleted later in the day because the White House website claimed that the petition violated the website's terms of participation.Timemagazine's Nick Carbone asserted that it is "unlikely that these newly dug-up anecdotes will depose Psy from his king-like level of stardom" although Carbone did go on to write that the atmosphere at the White House concert would be "somewhat subdued."
Psy completed a Chinese New Year open house performance at Han Chiang Schoolfor a crowd of 100,000.
Many people consider the change of his song title deliberate, aimed solely at building publicity for a strong follow-up to " Gangnam Style ".He subsequently renamed the song " Gentleman " and released it on April 12, 2013.
in 2013, Psy earned more than $40 million USD in 2012 via sales through concerts, TV commercials, and social media revenue through his hit songGangnam Style, while his estimated personal income in 2012 was $28 million USD under his 7:3 profit-sharing contract with YG Entertainment.
|2012||Dream High 2||Trainer Coach (Episode 5)|
|Superstar K4(슈퍼스타 K4)||Himself – Judge|
|Saturday Night Live||Himself,Lids/Gangnam StyleSketch(Season 38 Episode 1)|
|2013||Live! with Kelly and Michael||Himself, (Two Shows within Two Weeks)|
|2002||Wet Dreams||Student Teacher Seok-Goo|
A list of music videos that feature Psy in a guest or cameo role.
|2003||"애송이 ("Aesongi", "Novice Baby Boy")"||Lexy|
|2013||"DJ Play My Song (NO, LEAVE ME ALONE)"||Schmoyoho|
Psy's mother, Kim Young-hee, is the owner of several restaurants in Gangnam, including Nekko Manma on Garosugil Street.
And of course, around the world, people are being swept up by Korean culture -- the Korean Wave. And as I mentioned to President Park, my daughters have taught me a pretty good Gangnam Style.
PSY's previous music video, "Gangnam Style", earned him multiple GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titles, including Most viewed video online, Most "liked" video online, and First video to receive one billion views.
"It's a tragedy. We are the only countries divided right now," PSY said at a news conference ahead of the concert. North and South Korea, which are divided by heavily fortified borders, are technically still at war, with the 1950-53 Korean War ending with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. PSY said he hoped North Koreans would enjoy his new music. He said his job was to make all people, including North Koreans, laugh.
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|Alternative names||Park Jae-sang|
|Short description||South Korean singer|
|Date of birth||December 31, 1977|
|Place of birth||Seoul, South Korea|
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