Psy signs with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun
Thanks to his Gangnam Style,
which has garnered 131.7 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded
less than two months ago (July 15), South Korean rapper PSY is taking
the U.S. my storm.
Already a star in his native country, the 34-year-old K-pop singer is
set to launch his career stateside with the help of his new manager,
Scooter Braun -- the man responsible for transforming fellow YouTube
sensation Justin Bieber into, well, Justin Bieber.
"I spent all the time last night at the VMAs making interviews, so I
thought like, 'Wow, I'm a rookie in 12 years.' I'm really feeling good
about that," PSY told AMP RadioMTV VMAs.
"You know, people usually can feel the rookie feeling once in a
lifetime, right? But this is twice in a lifetime, so this is amazing,"
In fact, PSY, real name Park Jae-Sang, has been in the game for years
now. "Gangnam Style" is actually a song from his sixth studio album,
and PSY has appeared in TV shows and movies, and has many accolades to
his name in South Korea.
"The thing is, if I walk on the streets in the U.S., like no one
recognizes me yet," PSY said of his ability to still go unrecognized in
the States. "Especially without sunglasses, they never recognize me at
all! I got to wear sunglasses in the airport, at night, or everywhere.
It's too dark, you know? Should I dance everywhere?"
Of course, mega-manager Braun will soon be changing that. "They said,
'Hey, Scooter Braun wants you,'" PSY said, recounting his reaction to
the news from his now-manager. "'Who's Scooter Braun? Who's Scooter
Braun?' You know, scooter has different meaning, right? Scooter like
the motorbike. Scooter? Is he a guy named Scooter? I'm Korean, so,
Scooter? Is it [a] name? Is it [a] motorbike or something?"
following his appearance at last week's (Sept. 6)
Psy felt surprising about Justin Beber,s manager Scotter Braun interested in deal. Psy Stunned Scooter Braun Was Interested In Manager DealSouth Korean rapper Psy ordered Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun to prove his identity as he refused to believe the music mogul wanted to work with him.
The star has gained a cult following thanks to his unique Gangnam Style dance moves, and the track has topped charts around the world since its release in July (12).
Braun got in touch with the rapper over the summer (12) about a potential deal to manage his career, but Psy was in disbelief when he received the message.
Speaking at England's prestigious Oxford University on Wednesday (07Nov12), he says, "I receive (sic) phone call from Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. I told him, 'If you're Justin Bieber's manager, I'm Justin Bieber'. I made him email me pictures to prove who he was. I had to apologise."
Psy also admits he finally realised Gangnam Style had gone global when he saw the diverse nationalities of fans commenting on his video on YouTube.com.
He adds, "Suddenly I thought what is going on? There were English comments, and Asian people were fighting over my nationality. Is he Chinese? Is he Korean? Is he Japanese? Then Bbc, Cnn are making report (sic) of me."