PSY PSY
PSY PSY
'Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name PSY, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer. PSY is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single "Gangnam Style.
Biography
PSY's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of PSY
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for PSY
News
News abour PSY from around the web
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of PSY
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On May 31, 2014, the video for Psy's Gangnam Style hit two billion views.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On December 31, 2012, Psy performed in a globally televised New Year's Eve celebration with American rapper MC Hammer on-stage in front of a live audience of over a million people in Times Square, New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Park Jae-sang was born on December 31, 1977, to an affluent family in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea. 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. Park attended Banpo (반포) Elementary and Middle Schools and Sehwa (세화) High School. He disliked school and bothered some of his classmates, although he also sometimes made them laugh. In an interview on South Korea's Seoul Broadcasting System, a former teacher of Park said "I remember Psy making a lot of sexual jokes during class. He had such a big influence that he would drive the entire class to his jokes. I disliked him at the time, but looking back, I see that he added a great energy to the class."
    In December 2012, MTV noted Psy's rise from little-known outside of South Korea to "global superstar", and, for being first in the YouTube-era to secure a place in pop-culture history, hailed the singer as the "Viral Star of 2012".
    More Details Hide Details
    On December 21, 2012, his music video for "Gangnam Style" exceeded one billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to do so in the website's history.
    More Details Hide Details Psy was subsequently recognized by the media as the "King of YouTube".
    On October 23, 2012, Psy met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters where Ban expressed his desire to work with the singer because of his "unlimited global reach".
    More Details Hide Details
    The song's refrain "Oppan Gangnam Style" (translated as "Big brother (to a female) is Gangnam style", with Psy referring to himself) was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2009
    Age 31
    Two months later, Psy was re-drafted into the military where he had held the rank of Private First Class and served as a signalman in the 52nd Army Infantry Division, before being released from duties in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    On October 12, 2007, the Seoul Administrative Court decided that Psy must be redrafted, rejecting a lawsuit filed by Psy against the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) in August.
    More Details Hide Details
    In 2007, state prosecutors accused Psy of "neglecting" his work, holding concerts and appearing on local television networks during his period of prior employment.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In 2006, Psy released his fourth album Sa Jib, which won honors at the 2006 SBS Music Awards and Hong Kong's Mnet Asian Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2005
    Age 27
    He was expected to be released from duties in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2003
    Age 25
    In 2003, Psy was enlisted in the South Korean military as part of mandatory military service imposed on all South Korean men aged 18 to 35.
    More Details Hide Details Psy was excused from military duty due to working at a software developing company (the South Korean government grants exemptions to those with technical expertise work in companies that serve the national interest).
  • 2002
    Age 24
    Since then, Psy has been thought of as a controversial artist, and Sa 2 was banned in 2002 from being sold to the under-19 set.
    More Details Hide Details In September of the same year, Psy released his third album 3 Psy. The album's title song, "Champion", saw great success partly due to the hype from the World Cup games held in Seoul. Despite the significant amount of controversy surrounding his music, Psy was awarded songwriting accolades at the annual Seoul Music Awards, marking his breakthrough in the South Korean music industry.
    His second album Sa 2 also created controversy upon its release in 2002, earning complaints from civil groups due to the potentially negative influence his album would have on children and teenagers.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2001
    Age 23
    In January 2001, Psy debuted his full-length album Psy from the Psycho World!, for which he was fined by South Korean government authorities due to his album's "inappropriate content".
    More Details Hide Details Psy was a rookie hip hop singer that stirred up the Korean pop music scene with very blunt lyrics, peculiar dance moves and an unconventional appearance that earned him the nickname "The Bizarre Singer".
  • 2000
    Age 22
    In South Korea, Psy made his first appearance on Korean national television in 2000 after his dancing caught the eye of a TV producer.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 18
    As part of preparations to take over DI Corporation from his father, Park had originally planned to study business administration at Boston University in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details However, upon his arrival in the United States, he lost interest in his studies, spending his remaining tuition funds on musical instruments and entertainment equipment, including a computer, an electric keyboard, and a MIDI interface. After attending an English-language summer course and studying for one semester, Park dropped out of Boston University and applied to study at Berklee College of Music instead. During his time at Berklee, Park took core curriculum lessons in ear training, contemporary writing and music synthesis, but he soon dropped out and returned to South Korea to pursue a career as a singer, without having attained a degree from either Boston University or Berklee.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)