Korean rapper Psy was a last minute addition to the “Today” show Toyota Concert Series schedule, but on September 14 he packed and the Plaza and rocked the crowd with “Gangnam Style.” Fans started lining up to see Psy on Thursday and he didn’t disappoint.
In an opening clip, “Today” told Psy’s story of how the quirky, colorful and outrageously catchy “Gangnam Style” has swept across the US and made its creator an overnight sensation. From flash mobs in Australia to Dodger stadium, the dance craze is everywhere.
Although he’s new to the United States, Psy has been on the pop charts in Korea for more than a decade. However, he was never viewed as the artist to become an international crossover sensation. That’s just what he is. Psy performed on the MTV VMAs and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Plus, “Gangnam Style” was featured on CNN International and “Nightline” in just a few short weeks.
Savannah Guthrie interviewed Psy on Friday and opened by saying, “You can see just how popular ‘Gangnam Style’ has become by the size of our crowd today.” Rockefeller Plaza was packed with thousands of screaming fans, many of them donning sunglasses. Psy told Guthrie that he’s just beginning to realize how huge he is in the United States. “So exciting, so exciting,” the Korean rapper exclaimed, looking out on the sea of fans.
When asked about his newfound fame in America, Psy answered, “I didn’t expect that at all. I uploaded this video only for Korean viewers in the YouTube. Somehow, within sixty days, I’m here!”
“Gangnam” means “south of the river” and “Gangnam Style” means “noble during the day and going crazy at night,” Psy explained. The video that’s all the rage took 60 days to shoot and was filmed at 32 locations across Korea. Now, it’s taken off like wildfire in America and Psy couldn’t be more excited. “I’ve done this for more than a decade, but thing is, I’m a rookie here now, so I get to do it all over again like I did twelve years ago.”
Al Roker, David Gregory and Natalie Morales joined Savannah Guthrie on stage. They all threw on their shades and was taught how to “Gangnam Style” by Psy himself. To watch the dance lesson, head to the “Today” website. Afterward, Psy performed his hit “Gangnam Style,” accompanied by a dozen dancers. To watch Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance on “Today,” click here.
Psy, a 35-year-old Korean rapper, has taken over pop culture and continues to charm and delight millions of fans. His real name is Park Jae-Sang, but he goes by his stage name of Psy (short for Psycho). The artist studied at Boston College and Berklee College of Music in the United States. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is the most viewed K-pop video in history, garnering more than 160 million views since its release.
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