Psy turns out to be a nice, down-to-earth, funny guy

3 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago
Source: My Paper

In a weekend filled with superstar acts here for various concerts and activities, it was singer Psy who stole the show.

He may have been up against performers like 2NE1, G.Na and the Sundown Festival's plethora of stars, but Psy's showcase of three songs last Saturday was the one that no one wanted to miss.

Retired teacher Jenny Feng, for instance, admits that she does not know what the satirical lyrics to the South Korean star's mega hit, Gangnam Style, mean.

Yet she often puts the tune on at home, and imitates the famous horse-riding moves which have drawn over 860 million views on YouTube.

Why? Because it makes her happy.

"You can really lose yourself in the music and let off steam.

I can't dance exactly like Psy, but the music is energetic and gets me going," Ms Feng told My Paper in Mandarin.

The 64-year-old was one of the 4,000 who gathered at Marina Bay Sands' Event Plaza last Saturday to check out the pop star's showcase.

She is the perfect example of how Psy can reach the most unlikely people.

Since Gangnam Style went viral on the Web, the YouTube king has taught his signature moves to the likes of Britney Spears, and has performed with Madonna.

The Gangnam Style tributes haven't stopped either, with Glee being the latest to spin off the hit.

Last Saturday, fans got to see the shtick live, as Psy performed the songs Right Now, Champion and, of course, Gangnam Style.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Park Jae Sang, was a ball of energy during the songs.

But, in between, he seemed humble.

"My name is Psy and I'm from (South) Korea," he said at one point, as if there might be people who hadn't worked out just who he is.

At a press conference before the show, the chubby dude, speaking in well-phrased English, had revealed that he does sometimes feel "tired" of Gangnam Style.

The 12-year veteran in the K-pop industry, who has released six albums, said that, nonetheless, he is grateful that it has opened doors for him.

So, "I gotta do it, it's my job," he said of the song and accompanying dance.

He also played down his nomination for Time magazine's Person of the Year award, saying it was "strange and weird" that he was on the list alongside candidates like President Barack Obama.

"I don't deserve that much.

I just did my job," he said.

Onstage, Gangnam Style was the hit people had come to see.

Though most of the crowd had trouble singing along to the verses, they danced feverishly to the hypnotic chorus.

Before leaving the stage, Psy promised to return to Singapore next year for a full-length concert and he asked fans to be there.

But, will they?Most were hesitant, like Lim Yu Yang, 16, a Dunearn Secondary School student.

"I think, if it's in my budget and if he gets more famous, I will (attend the show)," he said.

But others, like Lim's friend, Lee Shi Mei, 16, will keep the faith.

"If he comes up with more catchy songs, I will learn the dance moves," she promised.
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