December 7, 2012, - 4:17 pm
You’ve probably heard about pop sensation (and, probably, one hit wonder) PSY’s anti-American hatred, which the man also known as Park Jae-sang conveniently forgot while cashing in on America with his cheesy “Macarena”-style hit song, “Gangnam Style.” And, yet, despite his dissing of the US, our country just made him about $8 million, but very little in his native South Korea. “Evil America” Cha-ching.
Eight years ago, long before achieving this massive stardom, the mega-star rapped about “slowly and painfully” killing American military members and their families. . . .
During a 2002 protest concert against the presence of 37,000 American troops in Korea, PSY took the stage in gold face-paint and, with the crowd egging him on, lifted a miniature “American tank” and smashed it on the ground to massive applause. . . . And then in 2004, a Korean missionary was captured in Iraq by Islamists who demanded that South Korea not send troops to aid America in the war in Iraq. Seoul refused to negotiate and the missionary was beheaded. The result: massive protests throughout Korea against both Muslim extremism and the U.S. military for indirectly bringing this fate upon a Korean missionary.
As part of the protests, PSY and several other popular Korean musicians put on a live performance of a Korean rock band’s song “Dear American.” When PSY’s turn came, he rapped:
Kill those f–king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f–king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully
Hey, and yet those “f–king Yankees” just gave him a whole lotta cash, with estimates of over $8 million:
As “Gangnam Style” gallops toward 1 billion views on YouTube, the first Asian pop artist to capture a massive global audience has gotten richer click by click. So too has his agent and his grandmother. But the money from music sales isn’t flowing in from the rapper’s homeland South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.
With one song, 34-year-old Park Jae-sang — better known as PSY — is set to become a millionaire from YouTube ads and iTunes downloads, underlining a shift in how money is being made in the music business. An even bigger dollop of cash will come from TV commercials.
From just those sources, PSY and his camp will rake in at least $8.1 million this year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of publicly available information and industry estimates. But for online music sales in South Korea, he’ll earn less than $60,000. . . .
And the country with the most views of “Gangnam Style?” The United States.
“Gangnam Style” has been downloaded 2.9 million times in the U.S. and has been the No. 1 or No. 2 seller for most weeks since its debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The song sells for $1.29 on Apple’s iTunes Store, the market leader in song downloads. Apple generally keeps about 30 percent of all sales, so the PSY camp could be due more than $2.6 million.
Hmmm . . . so much cash from the “f–king Yankees.” I guess he’s gonna give it all back, right? Whatta hypocrite.
Gangnam Style or Gangsta Style? Seems to be no difference.
Tags: anti-American, Gangnam Style, Park Jae-Sang, PSY