Upon its release, his song took off on virtually all Korean billboard charts, online music stores and portal search sites, but the song began garnering international attention after his music video went viral on Youtube on July 2012.
The song was posted on Youtube on July 15, and it had 100 million views about 50 days later.
The music video has been viewed more than 350 million times on Youtube as of October 3, 2012. Because of that this extremely silly “Gangnam Style” has become the world’s most viewed K-Pop song of all time.
The video has also been shared on the internet by many famous celebrities like Tom Cruise, T-Pain, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, covered by music artist Maroon 5 and Nelly Furtado and featured in international media outlets such as the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, CNN International, and the global politics magazine Foreign Policy.
On 20 September 2012, PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was listed by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video on Youtube.
Gangnam Style is actually a Korean language colloquialism, it refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district, a wealthy district in Seoul, South Korea.
This 34-year-rapper from South Korea also taught Britney Spears how to do his popular “galloping horse dance”.
In Korea PSY signed under YG Entertainment, a company that also works with other popular artists such as SE7EN, 2NE1, and BINGBANG.
PSY’s first and second album was banned for sale to minors.
In 2006, PSY married Yoo Hye Yeon.
He also suffered other early career scandals – fined for marijuana and serving a 2nd 2-yaer term in the military due to evidence that the rapper may not have properly served his first mandatory term.
PSY pursued an education in music in the United States. He graduated from the Berkley School of Music.