'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.
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    On May 31, 2014, the video for Psy's Gangnam Style hit two billion views.
  • 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.
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    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".
    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.
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    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".
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    In 2007, state prosecutors accused Psy of "neglecting" his work, holding concerts and appearing on local television networks during his period of prior employment.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    He was expected to be released from duties in 2005.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1977
    Born on December 31, 1977.
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