Artist of the Week: PSY

Having taken music hiatus for five years, the K-Pop legend is back with his long-awaited album, ‘PSY 9th’, which peaks at No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums charts in several regions like Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan.

AceShowbizPSY comes back stronger than ever. Having taken a 5-year long hiatus from the music industry, the K-Pop legend proved that he’s indeed an icon by unleashing a critically-acclaimed new album called “PSY 9th”.

The long-awaited album arrived on April 29. Upon its release, the project peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums charts in several regions like Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. Its title track “That That” featuring Suga also did well on music charts.

“That That” jumped to No. 1 on Bugs’s realtime chart in Korea, and it also reached the summit of iTunes Top Songs charts in at least 73 different regions, including the United States, Japan, Canada and more.

Meanwhile on the Global 200, the energetic tune debuted at No. 5 on the Global 200, with 67.7 million streams and 29,600 sold globally in its first week. On Global Excl. U.S., it scored the second place with 61.5 million streams and 18,800 sold outside the U.S. The track additionally reached the No. 80 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, dated May 14.

When speaking about “That That”, PSY shared that he initially met Suga because the latter wanted to produce his music. However, the BTS (Bangtan Boys) member “ended up featuring on the track.” The 44-year-old further explained, “Then he ended up learning the intense choreo[graphy]. Then he ended up starring in the music video… Step by step, he got involved more and more deeply. Our Yoon-gi.”

Suga, for his part, elaborated, “To be honest, I haven’t gotten that close with anyone I collab with, it’s because I’m not usually the type to meet up with collaborators in person… But [PSY] he wanted to see me in person.” He added, “I seriously didn’t expect to be dancing with Psy. Ah… I thought I was only writing the song.”

Aside from “That That”, “PSY 9th” features collaborations with Hwa Sa of MAMAMOO on a cover of Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora‘s 1984 single “When the Rain Begins to Fall” and with Crush on “Happier”.

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