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Did American Radios Hate Psy When ‘Gangnam Style’ Became a Sensation?

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Psy will talk about how he made Billboard Charts reflect on YouTube activities in the ranking with his song “Gangnam Style.”

In the final episode of SBS’s The Stage of Legends – Archive K, the second part of “K-Pop Crosses the Sea” will be unleashed. To mark the end of a significant journey, some of the biggest names will appear, including Super Junior, Wonder Girls, 2PM, 2NE1, JYP, Psy, Bang Si Hyuk, TWICE, Blackpink, and BTS.

In the episode, Psy shares his stories about the all-time hit song “Gangnam Style.”

Psy shook the world with his “Gangnam Style” music video in 2012. He opened a new possibility for K-Pop overseas expansion and achieved the milestone of being the first Korean singer to rank in second place on Billboard Hot 100.

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Unfortunately, he failed to take first place. Billboard columnist Jeff Benjamin explained the reasoning. “At the time, Billboard chart did not reflect on the number of YouTube view counts. That’s why ‘Gangnam Style’ failed to make it to top the list.”

However, the song left a remarkable turning point in world music history. As a result, Billboard Charts added YouTube views so that “data will enhance rankings to reflect online video activity.”

Psy recalled, “(Billboard said) YouTube has a big impact. Therefore, we will remove some radio (performances) and add YouTube achievements to the charts. They used my photo in their article.” He then jokingly added, “I heard that the American radios hated me at the time.”

In this episode, Psy surprised the filming crew by revealing behind-the-scenes stories. He will share the behind-the-scenes story of Scooter Brown and the historical tale of “Gangnam Style,” which gained massive popularity with record YouTube view counts.

You can check out the grand finale of SBS’s The Stage of Legends – Archive K on March 14 at 11:05 pm KST.

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