Showing posts with label Psy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psy. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ex-Super Junior's Hangeng Wins KCA Favorite Asian Act

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Chinese star Hangeng, former member of K-pop boy band Super Junior, won the Favorite Asian Act award at Nickelodeon's 26th Kids' Choice Awards.

Fans chose Hangeng over Korean rapper Psy, the Philippines' Sarah Geronimo and Malaysia's Shila Amzah for the award.

Photo courtesy of Nickkids on Weibo

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Korean websites saddled with search-blocking code

When foreign fans type in “Psy” on major search engines, the results rarely include the Korean singer’s official homepage. The reason lies in a technical problem with Korean websites.

According to industry sources, many Korean websites, including Psy’s homepage, have taken steps that block tracking and indexing by foreign search engines and portals. In detail, such websites usually insert a code like “robots.txt” to keep outside parties from indexing the details of their pages.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Psy To Unveil Follow-up To 'Gangnam Style' On April 12

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Can Psy produce another global hit like "Gangnam Style?"

The Korean rapper will release his follow-up song to "Gangnam Style" on April 12, a day before he holds a concert in Seoul, South Korea.

Psy performing at the Future Music Festival in Australia
(Photos courtesy of Future Music Festival's Facebook page)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ex-SuJu Member, Sarah, Psy Nominated In Kids' Choice Awards

Former Super Junior member Hangeng and Korean rapper Psy have been nominated in the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards (KCA).
The two will be competing in the Favorite Asian Act category with Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo and Malaysia'a Shila Amzah.

Favorite Asian Act nominees (clockwise from top left) Hangeng, Psy, Shila Amzah and Sarah Geronimo. (Photos courtesy of Kids' Choice Awards website)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

JYJ, Psy To Perform At Presidential Inauguration

BY JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
MANILA, Philippines - Boy band JYJ and rapper Psy have been selected to perform at the inauguration of South Korea's first female President, Park Geun-hye.
President-elect Park Geun-hye will be sworn in as South Korea's 11th president on Feb. 25 at a ceremony to be held at the National Assembly square in Seoul.
The performers at the presidential inauguration. (

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winners at the 2nd Gaon Chart K-pop Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - The 2nd Gaon Chart K-pop Awards ceremony was held on Feb. 13 at the Olympic Hall at Seoul Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo by

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Psy Nominated In Billboard Latin Music Awards + Complete List of Nominees

MANILA, Philippines - Korean rapper Psy got nominated in the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will honor the best in Latin Music.
The awards ceremony will be held on April 25 at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Billboard Exec Impressed With K-pop Artists; Hyuna Talks About Her Rumored US Debut

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - The editorial director of Billboard is impressed with K-pop artists and says that the "right song" like Psy's "Gangnam Style," regardless of its language, can succeed in the US market.
Bill Werde said this as response to my question during Billboard's IAmA ("I am a") question-and-answer session on popular social site Reddit last Feb. 1.

Hyuna (Photo by

Friday, February 1, 2013

Winners At The 22nd Seoul Music Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines - K-pop stars attended the 22nd Seoul Music Awards held last night at the SK Olympic Handball Stadium in Seoul.
Psy won the daesang, or grand prize, but he was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to his busy schedule.
Epik High's Tablo received the award on his behalf. Psy instead sent a video message to thank the organizers for the award, his agency and family. Last year, Super Junior won the daesang.

Winners (from left) SHINee, Super Junior, Lee Seung Gi and Big Bang
(Photos courtesy of

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Adele, Taylor Swift, Psy Top RIAA's 2012 Achievers

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has just released the year-end tally for its 2012 Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program awards.
Last year, RIAA awarded 155 album and 524 digital single certifications. It said digital music dominated in 2012, an increase of 70 in the last two years that saw 139 digital songs  being certified platinum.
RIAA bestowed the Diamond award on Adele whose "21" album became the first album in 10 years to sell more than 10 million units in less than two years, according to a statement released by the association.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Psy, One Direction Win at NRJ Music Awards in France

MANILA, Philippines - Korean rapper Psy emerged as the biggest winner in France's NRJ Music Awards, taking home three awards.
Boy band One Direction won the International Group of the Year and performed the song "Kiss You."
Psy won the International Song of the Year for "Gangnam Style," edging out Rihanna's "Diamonds," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and's "This Is Love."
NRJ Music Awards winners (from left) Psy, One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen.
(Photos courtesy of @NRJhitmusiconly on Twitter)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fuse TV Selects 44 Most Anticipated Albums This Year

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Music TV network Fuse has come up with its list of the most anticipated albums of 2013 and, of the 44 in the roster, two Korean acts earned the nod.
"Our new years' resolution: Listen to more awesome music. Thankfully, that's already looking like one we can stick to (hitting the gym to work off that holiday weight, not so much) because there are so many huge albums coming out this year," wrote Fuse about its selection of the must-have albums of 2013.
Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Girls' Generation (Photos courtesy of Justin Timberlake's Facebook page,
Lady Gaga's Twitter and

Thursday, January 17, 2013

‘Gangnam Style’ Wins Song Of The Year

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines – Psy’s “Gangnam Style” won the Digital Daesang, or Song of the Year, on the second day of the 27th Golden Disk Awards held on Jan. 16 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Psy with former US President Bill Clinton (Photo courtesy of Psy’s Twitter account)

Monday, January 7, 2013

'Gangnam Style' In Top 10 Songs In US, UK In 2012

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" is in the Top 10 biggest selling singles in the US and UK in 2012.
The viral hit sold 3.59 million downloads in the US last year, according to Billboard.

Psy with MC Hammer at the New Year's Eve event in the US. (Photo courtesy of Psy's Twitter account)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Manila Bulletin Entertainment's Top 10 Korean Entertainment Stories

MANILA, Philippines - 2012 became an exciting year for hallyu or the Korean Wave, especially for K-pop. A horse-riding dance became an Internet sensation and swept the world. A number of Korean stars visited the Philippines and a three-year old legal dispute ended through a settlement.
Here's Bulletin Entertainment's Top 10 Korean entertainment stories in 2012:
1. Psy - In just six months, Korean rapper Psy crossed over to the US music market with his viral song "Gangnam Style" that became a hit, achieved a billion views on YouTube and set three Guinness World Records. Psy became a staple on entertainment TV shows in the US, flew to different countries to perform and won a New Media award at the American Music Awards (AMA).
Our wish in 2013: We hope that his next song will become a hit as well.
(Clockwise from top left) Big Bang, Psy, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls' Sunye, JYJ and Jasmine Lee
(Photos courtesy of YG Entertainment, and Jasmine Lee's Facebook account)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rolling Stone, SPIN, MTV Choose 'Gangnam Style' As One Of The Best Songs Of 2012 | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Psy's viral hit "Gangnam Style" has been chosen as one of the best songs of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine, SPIN magazine, and MTV.
Rolling Stone released its 50 Best Songs of 2012 and "Gangnam Style" is at No. 25.

(Clockwise from top left) Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
(Photos courtesy of American Music Awards/

Thursday, December 6, 2012

TIME Picks 'Gangnam Style' As Top 10 Song, Viral Video For 2012 | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - has released its Top 10 Everything of 2012 lists and it picked Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" as one of the Top 10 Songs and Top 10 Viral Videos of the year.
Psy was also chosen by TIME as the No. 1 Fleeting Celebrity.

Clockwise from top left) Usher, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift.
(Photos courtesy of, American Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winners at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Big Bang, Psy and Super Junior bagged the major awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held in Hong Kong on Nov. 30.
Big Bang won as Artist of the Year while Psy received the Song of the Year award for his global hit "Gangnam Style."
(Clockwise from top left) Big Bang, Psy, Super Junior and Adam Lambert

Friday, November 30, 2012

Psy To Perform Before US President Obama At 'Christmas In Washington'

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Korean sensation Psy may finally have the chance to teach US President Barack Obama how to do the famous "Gangnam Style" horse-riding dance when he performs on the "Christmas In Washington" TV special.
US TV channel TNT announced the list of performers for the annual event that will air Dec. 21.
Photos courtesy of

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Asians nominated in TIME's Person of the Year 2012

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - From Burma's Nobel Peace Prize winner, young North Korean leader to a South Korean rapper who started a global horse-riding dance craze, this year's TIME Person of the Year nominees range from celebrities, politicians and undocumented immigrants.
TIME magazine announced its 38 finalists for its Person of the Year 2012 and several of them came from Asia.
South Korea's Psy and North Korea's Kim Jong Un
(Photos courtesy of and Korean Central News Agency)
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