5 Things to Know About Psy (His Name Translates to Jason Park)

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Psy has been making music for over a decade, releasing his first EP in 2001. When Psy's "Gangnam Style" caught on in America via Youtube, the South Korean rapper became a household name in the states. The catchy K-pop tune shot to No.1 on the iTunes music video chart and became the most "liked" video in YouTube history with a billion-plus views.

Check out our five things to know about Psy!

5) The 35-year-old rapper has been making music for over a decade. He released his debut album, "PSY...From the Psycho World!" in 2001 and has been a popular entertainer in Korea since then. "Gangnam Style" is actually from his sixth album, "Psy's Best Sixth."

4) Psy's real name is Park Jae-Sang, which translates to Jason Park in English. His friends and family used to call him Sai, according to EllenTV.com, but he changed that to Psy when he became a singer, to give it the meaning of psycho.

3) Psy attended Boston University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, but dropped out because of the early class times. "I was at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but [I was] a freshman for four years," he told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show last year. "Class was too early for me."

2) How was Psy discovered? On a bit of a fluke. His manager Scooter Braun found out about Psy when his friend from Korea sent him the "Gangnam Style" video with a note that said, "Isn't this hilarious?" After Scooter watched the video (and noticed the million-plus views it racked up after nine days), he told his friend to find Psy, adding "I want to sign him." Scooter also manages Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson.

1) He was afraid his latest hit, "Gentleman," would be a flop. "I honestly changed this song so many times," Psy told MTV. 'I was so nervous. My only goal was to avoid being called a one-hit wonder." "Gentleman" has been anything but a flop, however. The music video has already garnered over 265 million views on Youtube and the song landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 11 charts last week.

Check out Psy's "Gentleman" video!


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