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"Uncool" South Korean pop star Psy goes viral

posted 13 Aug 2012, 03:09 by Mpelembe   [ 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.


"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.