It's Sunday night, and around this time each week I'd be wrapping up another 120 minutes of Boston Accents, the WFNX radio show that spun only New England-bred bands and musicians. A lot of times, I'd move the goal posts a bit and play an artist or band that might have been from elsewhere in the world, but maybe attended college here for a year or two before moving on. It was never an egregious Let's-Nominate-John-Mayer-For-A-BMA type of thing, but it allowed me to open up the playlist a bit. And besides, no one's really from anywhere, right?
Well I wish I was in the studio right now, because I'd be banging out some Korean Pop for city to get annoved over enjoy. According to a People Magazine profile, PSY -- the dance superstar whose "Gangnam Style" K-Pop megahit has generated nearly 132 million YouTube views since July 15 while becoming the biggest thing ever back in his native South Korea -- apparently went to school here in town. The man born as Park Jae-Sang attended both Boston University and Berklee College of Music.
Of fucking course he went to BU and Berklee. Why are we even surprised? Here's the word from the People piece, bullet point Number 3 after two crucial tips revealing PSY's actual name and pointing out that Gangnam is a wealthy neighborhood in Seoul:
3. He studied in the U.S.
Born in South Korea on December 31, 1977, PSY attended Banpo Elementary School, Banpo Middle School and Eva High School. But when it came time to pursue a college degree, the rapper attended both Boston University and Berklee College of Music.
UPDATE: Here's his Berklee ID.
Given his age, he had to have attended around the mid- to late-'90s, also because the same feature notes he released his debut album PSY... From the Psycho World, in 2001. And we sure as hell don't recall any release parties.
K-Pop, ladies and gentlemen... now with Boston ties.
Get into it.