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Psy grateful for international stardom

PETALING JAYA--Funny guy with the funny dance in the funny video, that was how Psy made his debut in January 2001.

His first music video Bird from his first album Psy from the PSYcho World! earned him a cult following in his home country, but he remained anonymous to the rest of the world.

Now thanks to YouTube, the South Korean rapper is a billion-view global sensation who has partied with U.S. President Barack Obama, boogied with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and even inspired some NASA astronauts to gallop in space.

The 35-year-old rapper amazingly remains down to earth about the whirlwind ride that his Gangnam Style horse dance has taken him on.

"It's exactly the same thing when I made my debut almost 12 years ago in Korea. They recognized me as the same funny guy with the funny dance in the funny video.

"This is kind of my debut worldwide and that kind of image, I like it cause it's the same thing 12 years ago," Psy (real name Park Jae-sang) said after attending the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2012 (Mama 2012) in Hong Kong where he won four awards for his phenomenal hit song.

He said he never expected anyone outside South Korea to even hear of his song.

"It's a miracle. I can never break this record I think, unless I do a naked video or something," he laughed.

Psy, who was sporting his trademark sunglasses, had no airs; when his publicists prematurely tried to usher him out, he quickly cut them off: "No, I can stay and take more questions."

Psy was also relatively unknown in Malaysia, even among the K-pop fans, but now many cannot wait for the globe-trotting superstar to gallop our way he is due to perform at the Sepang International Circuit for the Future Music Festival Asia while the Net is abuzz with speculation that he might attend the Samsung Galaxy 27th Golden Disk Awards here next month.

Psy admitted that all the traveling was taking a toll on his health but he would not have it any other way.

"Thank you for asking. It's bad and I'm exhausted, but I'm happy. I was happy yesterday, I'm happy today and I will be happy tomorrow. I'm living a dream right now," he said.

As for his music legacy, he hopes people will remember him as a versatile performer with many facets, something that he's attempting to show in his new album, due next March.

"That is what I hope people will remember me as a performer with many different aspects. I have to show them in the next video, and the next one, and the next one."

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