(Getty Images)Don't call Psy a one-hit wonder.
The international pop sensation is clearly a little miffed by the immediate dismissal he faced as the hoopla over "Gangnam Style" died down earlier this year. In an interview with radio station 92.3 NOW, he explained that the "one-hit wonder" label is completely unfair, considering the success he's had in his native Korea for over a decade.
"After ‘Gangnam Style,’ I hesitated to answer the question ‘What’s next?’” he recalled. “Literally, right after that short period of hesitation they started calling me one-hit wonder all over the world. I was like, ‘What do you mean one-hit wonder?’ I’ve already been in this industry in my country for 12 years.”
"When I do some jobs for 12 years and then you’re called one-hit wonder, that feels really great,” he added sarcastically.
At least Psy can take comfort in the fact that he's not the only artist unfairly branded with the "one-hit" label. Quite a few musicians who've only scored one memorable hit in the United States have had lengthy and lucrative careers elsewhere in the globe.
Like, for example:
Stateside, The Cardigans are best known for "Lovefool," the sublime pop hit featured on the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack. Gran Turismo, the follow-up to the band's smash hit The First Band on the Moon, only reached number 151 on the United State Billboard 200, but it hit the top ten in the UK, New Zealand, Norway, and of course the band's native Sweden, where it scored the top spot. The band's subsequent albums Long Gone Before Daylight and Super Extra Gravity also hit number 1 in Sweden, and the band has sold approximately 15 million albums worldwide.
Though Vengaboys only pulled off one Top 40 hit in the U.S. with "We Like to Party," they were actually the biggest Eurodance group in the world, selling over 15 million albums. They also had a string of Top 10 hits in the UK and Canada, including the cleverly titled "Boom Boom Boom Boom."
Contrary to popular opinion, there was more to the Divinyls than their ode to self-love "I Touch Myself." In their native Australia, four out of the band's five albums reached the top 10. The band had scored its first major Aussie hit almost a decade before with "Science Fiction," which was later named one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association.