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PSY

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PSY Bio


Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy (stylized PSY), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer. PSY is best known for his humorous videos and stage performances, and for his international hit single "Gangnam Style", whose refrain "Oppan Gangnam Style" was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotes of 2012.

 

Gangnam Style became the most accessed YouTube video of all time having generated almost a billion views, and PSY was subsequently recognized by the media as the "King of YouTube".

PSY considers "Gangnam Style" to be the greatest achievement of his life. PSY became the second South Korean music artist to appear at the MTV Europe Music Awards where he performed Gangnam Style and held off competition from Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to win the "Best Video" award. The event was broadcast worldwide and hosted by the German model and actress Heidi Klum, who introduced PSY to the audience as the "undisputed King of Pop".

 

American singer-songwriter Madonna performed a mashup of "Gangnam Style" and "Give It 2 Me" alongside PSY. PSY later told reporters that his gig with Madonna had "topped his list of accomplishments."

 

In November 2012, Psy's success via the Internet was honoured with the New Media award at the American Music Awards. "Gangnam Style" became the most viewed video in YouTube history, surpassing the previous most watched video, Justin Bieber's "Baby". The number of views were achieved about eleven times faster than Bieber's. PSY has also won four awards at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong. He met actor and stunt performer Jackie Chan, who called him a role model that proved that "dreams do come true".

 

In March 2013, the South Korean media reported that the title of Psy's upcoming single would contain the word "Assarabia", a slang used by South Koreans to express thrills, or simply to describe something satisfying. There were numerous objections to that upcoming title, and worries have risen that people of Arabic descent might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory. On March 19, 2013, he revised his song's title and lyrics over "worries it could offend Arabs". Many people consider the change of his song title deliberate, aimed solely at building publicity for a strong follow-up to "Gangnam Style". He has since renamed the song "Gentleman" and released it on April 12.

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