- Psy said that BTS’ success on the charts in the United States made one of their unfulfilled wishes come true.
- He collaborated with BTS’s Suga on his new single “That That,” which Suga starred in and produced on.
- Suga said he was always “grateful” for Psy and how he “paved the way for K-pop in the United States.”
Psy, the South Korean singer who garnered worldwide acclaim for his 2012 single “Gangnam Style,” said BTS had fulfilled their “wish” with their No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song, after failing to reach before.
The 44-year-old artist, whose full name is Park Jai-sang, recently released his ninth studio album “PSY 9th,” marking the first time he has released new music in five years. “That That,” the album’s lead single, features another of South Korea’s biggest talents: BTS’ producer and rapper Suga.
In a behind-the-scenes interview posted on Psy’s official YouTube channel about the single, Psy said that BTS’s success in the United States, and on the US music charts in particular, granted one of his long-time wishes. date after his explosive international success with “Gangnam Style.”
“I was number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 7 weeks in a row, I thought I was going to be number 1 with my next song,” Psy said in the video. “But it never came…so I was quite bitter.”
“I wanted someone to reach 1st place,” he continued. “BTS got my wish.”
One of the most-watched music videos of all time with 4.4 billion views on YouTube to date, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was one of the biggest hits of the 2010s. Despite its success, it — nor any of Psy’s subsequent singles of the decade like “Gentleman” or “Daddy” — ever reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
BTS’ 2020 English-language single “Dynamite” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart on September 5, 2020, making them the first South Korean group to top the chart. Months later, the group replicated the feat with the Korean-language single “Life Goes On,” which debuted at No. 1 on the December 5 chart.
BTS’s Suga, whose full name is Min Yoon-gi, said in the interview clip that he’s always been “grateful” for his industry executive Psy.
“With ‘Gangnam Style,’ he paved the way for K-pop in the United States, which we could easily follow in his footsteps,” Suga said during the interview.
Both artists have spoken of their meteoric rise to fame in the US, with Psy calling the post-‘Gangnam Style’ period in 2012 and 2013 a time when he was “at my happiest, but also most anxious state”. . He said that when BTS started having similar success in 2017, he knew they would experience a similar mix of emotions and “supported them wholeheartedly.”
That year, the band won their first “Top Social Artist” award at the Billboard Music Awards, which they have won every year since. They also made their American television debut with the single “DNA” at that year’s American Music Awards.
According to Suga, Psy was also on his mind at the time.
“When we started to gain traction in the United States in 2017, he was someone I really wanted to meet,” he continued. “I thought it would be nice to have some advice when I was going through a tough time.”