9:47 am - 12/20/2012

Psy on Why President Obama Stopped Doing 'Gangnam Style'


How does it feel to become an international pop star with a No. 1 hit practically overnight? To launch a dance craze embraced by toddlers and grandparents, presidents and talk-show hosts alike? To near 1 billion YouTube views, making it the most-watched video ever?

For “Gangnam Style” star Psy (real name: Jaesang Park), he can sum up 2012 in two words: “Totally exhausted.

Since July, when the 34-year-old South Korean sensation debuted his zeitgeisty video mocking the trendy Seoul neighborhood and featuring an infectious galloping dance (he declined to perform it at THR’s shoot) with only one line in English (you know it: “Hey, sexy lady!”), Psy has been making daily appearances in cities around the world -- be it a performance at the Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong, an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show in Los Angeles, or the White House’s annual Christmas in Washington benefit.

The applause gets louder on every stage,” says Psy, who was signed to Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records label. “Before, they just sang, ‘Oppan Gangnam Style.’ They’re now starting to catch some Korean words. Seeing that change, it feeds me.”

But with every career high -- and he’s had plenty during the 12 years before “Gangnam” mania -- comes controversies, including a recent British tabloid report of a man who died doing the “Gangnam Style” dance and political outlets that in December disseminated concert footage from 2002 and 2004 of Psy (who briefly studied at Boston University) seemingly denouncing U.S. military practices in Iraq.

The singer issued an apology “for any pain caused” and two days later was shaking hands with President Obama. The topic of conversation? Nothing of a diplomatic nature. Says Psy, “He told me he’s good at ‘Gangnam Style’ but that the ladies at his house are embarrassed when he’s dancing so he’s not doing it.

And with that comes Psy’s most surreal moment of 2012 adding to a daily life that he calls “really unrealistic.” But he’s also able to look outside himself at the bigger, global picture and ahead to 2013. “A phenomenon is made by people, not made by Psy,” he says. “A dance move; it's not mine, it's their own. So what I have to do next is do me.

Now, the married father of twins is focusing on a full-length album. Says Psy, “I want everybody’s attention.”


Source: The Hollywood Reporter, YGFamilyy@tumblr
shanny_w 20th-Dec-2012 09:04 am (UTC)
So what I have to do next is do me.

:D <3
nyokou 20th-Dec-2012 09:46 am (UTC)
I like how realistic he is. He's not deluded by his sudden worldwide fame.
djlancerock 20th-Dec-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
“He told me he’s good at ‘Gangnam Style’ but that the ladies at his house are embarrassed when he’s dancing so he’s not doing it.”

dads will be dads
markthatcoin 20th-Dec-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Lmao my dad would not listen to our pleas for him to stop though ^^
shintotchi 20th-Dec-2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm still kind of floored by the fact that his video almost has a billion views. Wtf? Who does that? Who seriously nearly gets a billion views? Apparently Psy.
gypsy_sonata 20th-Dec-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
remember when some SNSD fans wanted to get GEE back to being the most watched K-pop MV? wonder how that worked out for them.
shintotchi 20th-Dec-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Lol worked out pretty bitterly I imagine.
shanny_w 21st-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
didn't they give up after like 3 days? can't nobody hold psy down!!!
markthatcoin 20th-Dec-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
He has a really symmetrical face
imienazwisko 20th-Dec-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I just want to say that GS has another line in English, 'You know what I'm saying'. So 'Hey sexy lady' isn't he only one.
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 09:49 am (UTC)
lol I think they meant that the "Hey Sexy Lady" is the most spoken line in the song & people remember it more. XDD
prlsb4swiine 22nd-Dec-2012 06:31 am (UTC)
you would know Thrandy
edanz_castle 20th-Dec-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm really proud of Psy. I'm glad he's sticking to being himself rather than them changing into something else. Though I'm too tired of Gangnam Style (even when it's randomly being played on my T.V.), I'm glad he succeeded here.
annhh 20th-Dec-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
omg he's 34? I thought 40
sydninicole 20th-Dec-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
he's pretty damn attractive.

i'm really proud of him. i don't hear GS enough to be tired of it, mostly just seeing people talk about him constantly and i can't even be mad because that man is doin' it up
atelierlune 21st-Dec-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
The full-length picture of him is totally swag.
joongielover 21st-Dec-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
To me, he's got the world watching him in half a year, and he's still humble and modest. and he deserves all the fame he has obtained and i will respect him for the rest of my life.
xblackchristmas 21st-Dec-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
hes married with twins?
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 09:48 am (UTC)
lol yeah? XD
mjspice 21st-Dec-2012 09:47 am (UTC)
You go on being awesome Oppa!
klauses 22nd-Dec-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
i think it's so awesome that he broke 1 bil views <3
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