Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name PSY,
is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer and television personality.
His father, Park Won-Ho, is the executive chairman of DI Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductor
manufacturing equipment listed on the Korea Exchange. His mother, Kim Young-hee, owns several restaurants in Gangnam.
December 31, 1977 ( age
Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea
K-pop, Korean hip hop, dance, hip house
Yoo Hye-yeon (m. October 14, 2006)
Singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, record producer
His stage name 'Psy' comes from the word 'psycho'. Explaining his stage name, he said in a BBC interview,
"what I thought was, you know, crazy about music, dancing, performance, so that kind of psycho."
• Gangnam Style
became the most
viewed video in YouTube history on November 24, 2012.
It is the first video to reach one billion views (on December 21, 2012)
And also the first to reach 2 billion views (on May 31, 2014)
• On April 29, 2013, he became the tourism ambassador of South Korea
• In late 2001, Psy was arrested for smoking and possessing marijuana and was sentenced 25 days in jail.
(this caused him to miss his grandfather's funeral which he later deeply regretted )
"When I realized that some top stars like have imagined or tweeted about me, I thought, 'That's joking.
That's not gonna happen...' I never expect things like this, not because they are top stars, but because
this is the biggest market in the universe for pop music, right, so everybody's dreaming about having appearance
in the U.S. so I’m still saying, 'What going on here? This is beautiful.'"
"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."
"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."