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"Uncool" South Korean pop star Psy goes viral

posted 13 Aug 2012, 03:09 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 13 Aug 2012, 03:09 ]

A chubby South Korean pop singer finds fame and popularity in a sea of pretty K-pop stars, with more than 20 million online hits. Sarah Charlton reports.

SOUTH KOREA-PSY - In a sea of pretty pop stars, a chubby, rapping dancer may not be the usual K-pop hit.


But an unconventional South Korean has found himself turned into a viral sensation.

Psy is the latest musician to have an internet hit.


In just under a month, his music video "Gangnam Style" notched up over 20 million views on YouTube.


While he's been a local musician for a decade, Psy says he never expected to break overseas.


Even now, he admits he's an unlikely role model.

SOUTH KOREAN SINGER PSY SAYING:

"I have been looking for fun my whole life. You may think it's sad, but that's the aim of my whole life. If I hadn't become a musician, I would most likely have been a loser. I was very lazy - just liked drinking, night clubs and girls."


The performer is not without controversy.


While landing in hot water for antics off-stage, his performances are also unusual.


Fans packed in to a South Korean stadium were recently treated to a Lady Gaga parody, complete with pyrotechnics.


Psy will perform his first concert in Japan this September.

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