Several years ago, when Psy made waves with his hit “Gangnam Style,” most listeners didn’t realize it was a watershed moment for K-pop. Now back with his collaboration with BTS’s Suga, “That That”, and a new album, Psy 9ththe Korean star discusses how it was received compared to how artists like BTS and Blackpink are able to achieve critical and commercial success now.
As – points out, Psy did a press conference where he spoke at length about the differences between how “Gangnam Style” was perceived and what artists are able to accomplish now.
“It was so exhausting at the time of his success [because] the song became popular, so it wasn’t a ‘healthy hit,'” he said, according to English translations of @modooborahae. “There were even people who thought my name was ‘Gangnam Style.’ Some people overseas who would say “Hi, Gangnam Style”. There are instances when the song gains popularity and instances when the [artist] is gaining in popularity, and the longevity is all the longer in the latter.
In Psy’s opinion, the reception of BTS and Blackpink is “the opposite” of its own viral status due to their “permanence and persistence”. And BTS ranking No. 1 with “Dynamite” in 2020 was also a big deal, because as big as it is on Youtube, “Gangnam Style” still only went to No. 2. This speaks of a Another thing that separates Korean stars from their American and English counterparts is the language barrier. “Even for the famous BTS and Blackpink, the American radio wall is very high because the songs are in a foreign language,” he said. “Our biggest weapon is YouTube. »
Finally, he congratulated the two groups for making their country proud and for recognizing its influence on them: “If they continue like this, even if they don’t make music to enhance national prestige, I think that ‘they give [Korea] many proud moments. I am very proud to have played a role as a trigger. BTS thanked me many times for this part, so I’m proud of it.