8 surprising facts about PSY you probably didn’t know (and didn’t care)


If you don’t know who PSY is, you don’t know what YouTube is. His YouTube hit Gangnam Style has garnered over 2 billion views, and there are only 7 billion people in the world. If that’s not shocking enough, then you need to wait for a pig to fly before you gasp in surprise.

So, other than the fact that he has created the most-viewed YouTube video, what’re some of the things that you probably didn’t know about this superstar? With his album to be released on 1 December 2015, here’re some facts about him!

He hailed from a rich background
His father is the chairman of a listed company and his mother owned several restaurants in Gangnam. He is also from Gangnam District, a pretty affluent area. Think of it this way: if he’s a Singaporean, he lives his childhood in Orchard Road.

He initially wanted to do a business degree to help out in his father’s business
But thank God, he dropped out of school at Boston University and spent the tuition fees on musical thingy. Guess his father wasn’t that happy then!

He was trained in music…but didn’t graduate as well
After dropping out from Boston University, he went to Berklee College of Music as well. Once again, he dropped out after a while. What’s with dropouts achieving crazy results?

He served his NS…twice
In South Korea, some people can be excused from serving in the army for their NS and work in a company that serves national interest, provided they have the necessary technical skills. PSY worked in a software developing company for two years, but in 2007, he was guilty of “neglecting” his work during his employment and made to serve NS again from 2007 to 2009—this time, as a combat soldier.

He had never liked school and often just joked around
After his sudden rise to fame, it was later revealed that when he was a boy in school, he was the class joker. I guess now, he’s the world joker.

He was fined for his debut album
One that contains contents not appropriate for kids, the South Korea authorities fined him for the inappropriate contents. His second album was similarly blunt, but he was not fined. Instead, it was banned for people below 19.


His Gangnam Style was viewed so many times, it triggered a bug that YouTube had not expected
When the views hit 2,147,483,647, that was the highest number that YouTube can show as they had not expected this number of views. They then increased the maximum to 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

But…later it was revealed that it was merely a joke. Come on, you expect YouTube, one of the biggest website in the world, to be unprepared for that?

He was jailed for 25 days before
in 2001, when he was 24, he was jailed for smoking and possessing marijuana. Well, not every celebrity is a saint, not even Oppa Gangnam Style, eh?


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