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'Gangnam Style' creator PSY says he enjoyed Boston's women, not its winters, as a Berklee student

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  October 25, 2012 11:30 AM

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South Korean rap sensation PSY said in an online chat with fans this week he somewhat regrets skipping classes when he was a college student studying in Boston. He said the best part about living here was the city’s women, the worst part was the snow.

This summer, 34-year-old Park Jae-sang, known to most as PSY, released the single “Gangnam Style.” The catchy song and its accompanying music video and dances have gained rapid global popularity with more than half a billion views on YouTube.

On Wednesday, he answered questions from users on the social website reddit.com, including one fan who wrote that they were curious about whether PSY’s days as a student at Berklee College of Music prepared him for his career.

PSY, via the username PSY_Oppa, replied that “1. Unfortunately I didn't attend class that much. Sorry! 2. When I was in college I was young and stupid so I thought I cannot learn creative things from other people like professors. I taught myself. But nowadays sometimes I regret but things worked out ok.”

In the late 1990s, PSY enrolled in classes at Berklee, and before that at Boston University. Another fan asked him Wednesday: “What were the best and worst things about living in Boston as a student.”

The musician wrote back: “Best thing – so many beautiful college girls, worst thing – too much snow.”

The Seoul native also said the strangest thing he encountered when he first moved to the US was “not taking off shoes indoors.”

The K-Pop sensation also told his fans that his perfect-looking hair “only looks perfect on TV;” he’d most like to collaborate with young pop idol Justin Bieber; his stage name, PSY, is “short for psycho;” and that he’s never gotten bored doing the “Gangnam Style” routine.

“There's no time to be bored,” PSY wrote. “I'm so busy doing the horse dance...”

And, asked if he’s bothered that “everyone only wants to talk about that one song,” he replied: “It's ok because most people only know the one song. I can fix that later.”

When he signed out of the online question-and-answer session, he said he was going to the studio to finish his new record.

To read more details about PSY’s time as a college student in Boston, click here. To read more from his online chat Wednesday, click here.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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