March 21, 2014


Jay Park on Lady Gaga Watching His K-Pop Set: "I'm Honored, But It's Weird"

In its second year at SXSW, the K-Pop Night Out showcase was already garnering attention with headliners like singer/rapper Jay Park and "Gangnam Style" video star HyunA. But stateside attention swelled when news hit that Lady Gaga was attending. The singer/rapper says he's not sure what inspired Mother Monster to stop by.

"I'm honored she came and watched," the Seattle native tells Fuse. "But that's weird. I have no idea why she came or if she enjoyed it. I don't know, you're going to have to ask her."

While Gaga may have been searching for possible opening acts—yesterday, the singer announced girl group Crayon Pop would open a string of ARTPOP tour dates—Jay says he didn't let any pressure get to him.

When I was performing, I wasn't like 'Oh Lady Gaga's here, oh no!' I forgot," he says. "I was just performing, I wanted to put on a good show for the fans. Everyone else is making a big deal about it, like, 'Why was Lady Gaga there? How did you feel when she was watching you?' I was honored that she watched me, but I didn't do the show for Lady Gaga."

The 26-year-old—who's a triple threat as a singer, rapper and actor on SNL Korea—also tells Fuse that he's planning to share a new Korean album in May, and will follow it with a few English-language tracks. "I want to put out some songs in English to expand my market, my fanbase and just to see how people receive it," he says.

Watch the full interview for more on new Jay Park music. Don't miss all of our SXSW 2014 coverage here and scroll through Fuse's K-pop archive right here for more Jay Park and other stars.