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Psy talks 'Gangnam Style' success, sunglasses

RollingStone.com

K-pop star Psy stopped by Rolling Stone headquarters this week to chat about "Gangnam Style," his unexpected success and his famous sunglasses.

As he revealed, his breakout single was never intended for an international audience; Psy uploaded it to YouTube for the site's huge Korean pop fanbase.

Bing: Watch Psy's viral video

"I was not important, I was not famous," he says of that moment. "Some celebrities like Katy Perry and Britney Spears, they started to tweet my video... CNN and ABC reported about me at the same time, and the LA Times, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal -- that all happened at the same time in the same week. I don't know why."

From there, the song and his style were a sensation.

"I can't take off [my] sunglasses right now," he says with a laugh.

In fact, the shades are such a signature part of Psy's look, he was even recognized by Jon Bon Jovi in Las Vegas. "He said, 'Hey, let's take a picture.' We took a picture, and he uploaded the picture to his Facebook and he said, 'Guys, look who I'm with right now.' So I was like, 'Wow, that's Bon Jovi, and he recognized me, and he asked me to take a picture. Wow. I've loved him since 'You Give Love a Bad Name.'"

Though he's quite goofy and humble now, Psy admits he wasn't always that way, often skipping class as a student at Berklee College of Music.

"Class was too early, so I didn't go there," he says. "I was too young and what I thought was I could not learn any [creativity] from others." Playing hooky can really pay off.

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12Comments
Oct 28, 2012 9:33PM
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There is an important takeaway message here that some people seem incapable of learning.

PSY used self deprecating humor in his video.  People love those who don't take themselves too seriously.  It's an infectious tune, but the humor made it viral.
Oct 28, 2012 3:30PM
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Probably the funniest parody video: 
Oct 28, 2012 11:21AM
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I had heard of this song, but didn't know what it was until my kids showed me the You Tube video. I bought the song on iTunes and made it a ringtone on my phone. I'm an old school classic rock, new wave fan and I absolutely just LOVE the fun in this song and video. The words don't have to make sense to make a song catchy and make you want to move your feet!
Oct 28, 2012 9:23AM
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I love the song! It's fun and silly! We need more of that in our lives!
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OK ..... Now which way is the buffet?
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