PSY (K-Pop Singer) Became a Tourism Ambassador
In 2012, Psy shot to international fame after releasing “Gangnam Style.” The single, released from his sixth studio album Psy 6 (Six Rules), sold millions of copies and made him a household fixture. But following the tremendous success of that song in the States, you may be thinking Psy whose real name is Park Jae-sang has all but disappeared. Think again. Let’s find out what this earworm has been up to?
After putting South Korea in the spotlight, the country tapped him to be its tourism ambassador in 2013, according to CNN. In lieu of a hefty payday, the pop star accepted minimum payment. Psy’s appointment replaced Kenny G, who oddly enough was the face of South Korean tourism in 2012. At the time, Psy wasn’t a stranger to important duties, as he had held the same honorary title for Seoul’s Gangnam district in 2012. His appointment also opened doors for other business deals—most notably, his ambassadorship for Asiana Airlines for 2013.
Psy’s cross-over international single, “Gangnam Style,” earned him a myriad of accolades—perhaps none more prestigious than creating the first music video in history to earn one billion views, according to Guinness World Records. At the time of this writing, the contagious dance track had been viewed more than 2.6 billion times. He shattered YouTube records
He tried to keep the peace between North and South Korea. Psy’s K-Pop style certainly raised eyebrows around the globe, and it’s probably safe to assume that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un doesn’t appreciate his brand of music. When asked how he felt about the dictator’s threats to destroy both South Korea and America, Psy played it cool. “Well, as an entertainer I don’t want to talk about politics,” he told The Daily Beast. “As a Korean citizen, I want peace. That’s all I can say. I want permanent peace. I want the North and South to be good, to be safe. In the near future we are expecting all these tragedies, and I just hope everything gets figured out very calm, and safe, and nice, and easily.”