Sunday September 2, 2012
Meet the Psycho
PSY is a 34-year-old South Korean singer, whose music ranges from K-pop to hip hop. His real name is Park Jae-Sang while his stage name, Psy, is short for Psycho.
His chubby face and rotund belly should be the first sign that he does not conform to the cookie-cutter K-pop mould. The South Korea Herald points to the power of social media to explain his unusual success, saying that, ďPsyís global success shows that going viral on social media has become Ďa mustí for K-pop artistes looking for international exposure.Ē
The outrageous entertainer is known for making humorous videos and performing on stage as female singers such as Lee Hyori and Park Ji-Yoon and even Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Active in the industry for a dozen years since he made his debut in 2001, Psy has released six studio albums and 14 singles. His viral video Gangnam Style released as a single in July is part of his sixth solo album PSY 6 Part 1.
Dubbed the Bizarre Singer for his blunt lyrics and quirky dance choreography, Psyís initial albums were said to be a negative influence on youngsters. His first album PSY From The PSYcho World! (2001) and his second album Ssa 2/Adult Only (2002) were not allowed to be sold to minors. Psy has also had his fair share of controversy. In 2001, he was arrested for marijuana possession. He was also accused of not fully serving his mandatory military draft from 2003 to 2005 and had to be-redrafted to fully serve for another two years from 2007 to 2009.
Psy attended Boston University and the Berklee College of Music in America, and apart from writing his own songs, he also composes songs for other singers. He is married with two daughters.
World domination, Gangnam Style
Get into the rhythm
Gangnam Style - Silly but infectious
Malaysians are proving to be a very up-to-date lot
Mr PM, this is why itís hot!
Big Korean craze in Little India
300 ice skaters flash mob to Gangnam Style
Honey, Iím off to Seoulís Beverly Hills