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Jay Park Jaebeom
Park in 2009
Background information
Birth name Park Jaebeom
Born April 25, 1987 (1987-04-25) (age 24)
Edmonds, Washington, United States
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Hip hop, R&B, Pop, Rap, Dance, K-Pop
Occupations Singer, rapper, dancer, songwriter, composer, actor
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment (2008–10), Digital Media Wire Entertainment (2010–present), Sidus HQ Entertainment (2010–present)
Associated acts 2PM, dok2, The Quiett, Prepix, Project Prepix Asia
Korean name
Hangul 박재범
Revised Romanization Bak Jae-beom
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chaebŏm

Park Jaebeom (Hangul: 박재범; Hanja: 朴載範, born April 25, 1987), also known as Jay Park, is an American recording artist, dancer, rapper, music producer, b-boy, songwriter, composer and actor. He was the former leader of the South Korean boy band, 2PM, and is part of Seattle-based b-boy crew, Art of Movement (AOM).



[edit] Early Years

As a young Korean-American born and raised in Edmonds, Washington, Park showed great interest in hip hop music and breakdancing in particular. In 2003, during his early high school years, he joined a local b-boy crew called Art of Movement (AOM). In 2004, he auditioned in Seattle, Washington, for Korea-based, JYP Entertainment (JYPE). The company’s founder, Park Jin-young, watched Park’s audition and brought him to Korea in January 2005 to receive further training in dancing, rapping, singing, and the Korean language. He is fluent in Korean and English.

[edit] 2PM

[edit] 2PM

Park first appeared through MNET‘s Hot Blood, a documentary-style reality program that showed the future members of idol groups, 2AM and 2PM in training. Park finishing with the most fan votes and was given the position of 2PM’s leader.[1] On September 4, 2008, 2PM debuted with the song “10 Points Out Of 10” (10점 만점에 10점) on music program M! Countdown after the release of their first mini-album, Hottest Time of the Day, a few days prior. Park and 2PM garnered further popularity when they were featured on the third season of MBC’s variety show “Idol Army”. However, it was their promotions for their single, “Again and Again,” that catapulted the group’s status in the Korean music scene, and earned them first place awards for 3 successive weeks in music shows like SBS’s Inkigayo and Mnet’s M! Countdown in May 2009. Similar success continued for their follow-up single “I Hate You” (니가 밉다).[2]

Aside from 2PM’s music activities, Park created the song “正” (“Jeong”) with Yeeun of the Wonder Girls for the television drama “Conspiracy in the Court”‘s original soundtrack, and V.O.S’s “To Luv…”.[3] He also participated in special stage performances such as Navi’s “마음이 다쳐서” (“Heart Damage”) on May 3, 2009,[4] and K.Will‘s “1초에 한방울” (“One Drop per Second”) on June 20, 2009.[5] He also became a regular cast member in several variety programs, including Star King and Introducing a Star’s Friend.[6] In August 2009, he and Kara member, Nicole Jung, became the new hosts for a cultural variety show called Nodaji.[7]

[edit] MySpace controversy

On September 4, 2009, unfavorable comments towards Korea were found on Park’s personal Myspace account from 2005. The comments, written in English to a friend, were translated by Korean media, quickly spreading across hundreds of news articles. In this letter, he explained the unhappiness that he experienced during his early days as a trainee in an unfamiliar country where he lacked family, the ability to easily communicate, and an understanding of the culture.[8] Although outraged protesters demanded that Park should be removed from 2PM, JYP Entertainment’s CEO, Park Jin-young, stated on September 7, 2009, that he was going to continue as a part of the group.[9] The following day, Park announced on his official fancafe that he would be leaving the group for a while to calm the situation and return to his hometown in Seattle, Washington, United States. He also apologized to the other 2PM members, and promised “I will come back a better person.”[10] However, Park Jin-young suddenly confirmed that 2PM would continue as a 6-member group.[11] Additionally, due to the sensitive topic of Park’s departure, all 2PM members were withdrawn from their regular appearances on variety shows,[12] and the final episode of their reality show, Wild Bunny, was postponed indefinitely.[13] The remaining 6 members of 2PM re-filmed their music video for “Heartbeat” without Park on October 31, 2009. During a press conference, it was revealed that Park’s vocals would not be removed from the older songs he promoted with 2PM, but he would be completely absent from the newer tracks.[14]

[edit] After Park’s Departure

2PM’s first official album was titled 1:59PM, to symbolize Park’s absence (according to the 6 remaining members).[15] Through their acceptance speeches at end-of-year award shows for Again & Again, the members thanked Park and reiterated their wish for his return. At the Asian Music Awards, the group paid homage to him during their performance of “Again & Again” with a spotlight shown over his usual position in the dance formation and his lines left unsung.[16] The six 2PM members also mentioned their plan to distribute their income from their 1st album with him.[17] Information on a press conference planned for January 24, 2010 regarding Park’s situation was leaked by the press,[18] but this was shortly denied by JYP Entertainment.[19]

[edit] Fan Movement

After Park returned to the United States, fans changed their perspective on the matter when they realized that his MySpace messages had been severely mistranslated and taken out of context. Several protests and projects were immediately put into action, designed to inform JYP Entertainment and the general public about the huge support for Park’s return to 2PM.

Boycotts on 2PM-endorsed products and protests for Park’s return to the group began to take place, not only in South Korea, but internationally as well.[20] Various Jay Park-dedicated forums and fansites all over the world organized silent protests and flash dance mobs. [21] International fans also raised money for the Jay Sky Banner project, for which they arranged for a rented jet to fly across Seattle at 2:00PM with a banner that says “J, WHAT TIME IS IT NOW?”. Seattle’s local broadcasting news station, KOMO News, did a brief segment about the event.[22]

Several 2PM fan communities also donated generously to charities in Park’s name. A major Korean fanclub called UNDERGROUND donated a total of $10,000 USD to the children’s foundation in Haiti under the name “People Waiting For 2PM Leadja Park Jaebeom”. By May 2010, their donations to different charities have been estimated to be around $100,000 USD.[23][24] International fansites also organized charity drives, with a North American-based fan community donating $1,000 USD to send books to international Korean adoptees every year.[25]

On several instances, Park was the number one trending topic on Twitter, even topping the Oscars on March 8, 2010.[26] Park’s fanbase revealed that they plan to release a self-produced album in his honor on March 27, 2010, to commemorate the 200th day anniversary of his departure from Korea.[27] However, because the album had been prepared since January, during the time where public opinion on 2PM had changed, the fans decided it would be in the best interest to not release the CDs, instead mailing 10-20 copies to Park’s hometown in Seattle.[28]

[edit] Dismissal from JYPE

On February 25, 2010, JYPE announced that they had permanently terminated Park’s contract with collective agreement among the other 6 members of 2PM. The company claimed a moral, but not illegal, personal “mistake” he had made in December of the previous year. No other explanation was offered, despite multiple reassurances given by JYPE on his status in 2PM during the period between December and this announcement, including the publicity for the group’s first full-length album, 1:59PM, which asserted to the public and their fans that a 2PM without Mr. Park was incomplete. A conference that JYPE held two days after the announcement later for 87 representatives from major 2PM fan communities reaffirmed the company and members’ collective decision to continue 2PM with six members but failed to provide any further justification behind the dismissal of Park, the group’s leader.[29] Fans reacted in anger because they believed JYPE did not protect Park and this has led public to assume that JYPE was only using Park’s name and controversy since the beginning to promote the Heartbeat album. After Park’s termination was officially announced, it has been reported that around 60 fansites of 2PM were closed and shut down immediately worldwide to show their protest and sadness.

[edit] Solo career

[edit] Reappearance through YouTube

Beginning in November 2009, eagle-eyed fans found and spread footage of b-boying battles, which he had attended and participated in, uploaded on YouTube, despite his initial efforts to cover his face from the view of cameras.[30][31][32][33][34] On March 6, 2010, Jaebeom and the Art of Movement crew participated in the charity event “Breakin’ 4 Haiti”, with the proceeds going to Haiti victims.[35]

On March 15, 2010, Park created his own YouTube channel, “jayparkaom”. His first post was a video where he sings a rendition of “Nothin’ On You” (with his own rap and lyrics) in his bathroom.[36][37] The video went viral and reached over 2,000,000 views in less than 24 hours. In Korea, the original song by B.o.B and Bruno Mars topped the Cyworld background music chart in a matter of hours upon the video’s release, beating Girls’ Generation‘s song Run Devil Run that was released the following day.[38]Nothin’ on You” also reached #1 on other music sites such as Dosirak, Melon, MNET, Bugs, and Soribada, profiting $300,000 in sales through the effects of Park’s video.[39] On his ‘About Me’ page, Park left a message thanking his fans for their support. He also encouraged fans not to hate remaining 2PM members on his behalf.[40]

On March 18, 2010, an American online entertainment channel, “”, did a brief report on Park’s video during their “But, What Do I Know?” segment, garnering much attention from international online viewers.[41] On March 19, Digital Media Wire published an article emphasizing Park’s potential of crossing over to the American entertainment market.[42]

On October 29, 2010, Park also appeared in Ryan Higa’s Channel on Youtube. Ryan Higa (Nigahiga) is one of the most subscribed personalities on the popular online video sharing website.[43] Park acted along side Ryan for the short video skit titled, “Word of the Day – Bromance”. The video, put together by Ryan, Park, and Phil of WongFu Productions, has been viewed over nine million times to date.[44]

[edit] American Activities

On March 29, 2010, Rutgers Korean Student Association announced on their website that Park and fellow Art of Movement members Dialtone, ChaCha, and Junior would appear as surprise special guests at an annual Korean American festival event called Project Korea III: KSA Cinderella Story at Rutgers University, New Jersey, on April 3, 2010.[45] Merely hours after the festival finished, several videos of the event were uploaded onto internet portal sites, where footage of Park acting as an MC and dancing to Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” on stage drew much positive interest.[46]

On April 14, 2010, an associate involved in the production of American dance film, Hype Nation, confirmed that Park had been cast as one of the movie’s main characters. Filming would begin in June 2010, with more than 70% of the scenes to be shot in South Korea. It was stated that Park will also contribute to the original soundtrack.[47]

On April 20, 2010, it was announced on that Park is recording under Teddy Riley and has completed tracks with Snoop Dogg and T-Pain.[48] This was later confirmed to be for Park’s solo album.[49] On the same day via notification through Defense Productions’ official Twitter, it was also announced that Park will be participating in a concert presented by Defense Productions & Epidemic to be held on May 30, 2010, performing along with Art of Movement, Kero One, MYK and Dok2 from, and Dumbfoundead. Sponsored by Allkpop, this concert will mark Park’s second major public appearance.[50]

On April 24, 2010, Dumbfoundead released a collaboration track featuring Park and Clara Chung on his website, titled “Clouds”.[51] The same day, stirfrytv, featured Park in a “Youtube Spotlight” video, where he gives his first interview since the Myspace controversy. In the video, he also confirms his role in Hype Nation and thanks his fans for their support.[52]

It was revealed that Park will return to Korea through Incheon International Airport with the staff of Hype Nation, members of his Art of Movement crew, and his parents between May 31 and June 1, 2010. Also being prepared are a press conference for Park’s involvement in the movie[53] (which was later revealed to be falsely reported), and a fanmeeting.[54]

Park is to release his first official single titled “Demon”, produced by Teddy Riley and originally meant for Michael Jackson, as well as singing 4 songs for Hype Nation’s original soundtrack. Also confirmed was Park’s participation in the Hype Nation world tour with B2K that will begin in December, touring across 10 American cities and major cities in Asia.[55]

On May 22, 2010, Park took part in major hip-hop event, Claws Out: Seattle, as a judge, while fellow Art of Movement member, Junior, competed.[56]

On May 29, 2010, Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney, Ned Sherman, also Founder and CEO of Digital Media Wire, Inc., announced that he would be Park’s entertainment legal representative, also stating that several projects for Park were in the works.[57]

On May 30, 2010, Park appeared with Kero One, Dumbfoundead, MYK and DOK2 at The Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington, for a concert, along with a few members of AOM.

On Sep 5,2010, Park participated in the 3rd International Secret Agents Los Angeles concert held in Cerritos, California, together with well-known YouTube celebrities such as Nigahiga, KevJumba, AJ Rafael, Alyssa Bernal, Far East Movement, and America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 champions, Poreotix. Park’s performance drew many positive responses. [58] [59]

[edit] Return to Korea and Activities

On June 18, 2010, Park arrived in Korea through Incheon International Airport. He received a warm welcome from thousands of fans, making history as the biggest crowd ever at the said airport [60] ‘Park Jaebeom’s returned’ became the biggest headline in Korea that day. “JayIsBack” shot up immediately on the trending topics on Twitter on June 18 at 9:30 AM GMT.[61] Pictures of Park in Hype Nation were released on July 2,[62] and Park was able to meet with the Korean media for interviews for the first time, talking about his current activities.[63] It was also revealed that his single “Demon” would be included in Hype Nation’s original soundtrack.[64]

On July 6, 2010, Park had finished featuring in a song by a famous Korean composer for a rookie female singer preparing for debut, as well as having received love calls for a drama appearance.[65] Aside from holding a series of nationwide fanmeetings for his Korean fans starting August 3, 2010 in Seoul, it was confirmed he held 8 other Asian fanmeetings in Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia throughout the month of September to November.[66] 12 of the fanmeetings were reportedly sold out within one day.[67]

On July 8, 2010, it was reported that Park will sign a contract with Sidus HQ for his domestic Korean activities in terms of acting and singing,[68] where his management states that he plans to redebut as a rookie artist.[69] It was also revealed that Jung Hoontak, President of Sidus HQ, has been involved in Park’s activities since May when Park traveled to Taiwan to film a music video.[70] The contract with Sidus HQ was finalized on July 16, 2010.[71]

In addition to having featured on “Nothin’ on You“, Park will also release a single album titled “믿.어.줄.래” (“Will You Believe Me”) containing 3 tracks, including a rearranged Korean version of “Nothin’ on You”.[72] Renowned composer Park Geuntae, who was a part of the production, revealed that the song will have a newly added melody and style to fit Park’s characteristics.[73] The English and Korean lyrics were written by Park himself.[74] Announced to be released on July 13, 2010.[75] The song immediately reached #1 on Cyworld and Bugs music charts, and also on other music sites as Monkey3, Soribada, Dosirak, and Melon within the hour of its release.[76] On YouTube, Park also uploaded a short music video for the song on the same day.[77] The single album sold 21,989 physical copies on the first day of release, coming in at #1 in sales and #7 in the overall ranking of albums released from January 2010 to July 13, 2010. With more than 41,316 copies sold at the end of 2010 making the album place at #32 on Gaon’s [78] year end chart, Park earned approximately 700 million won from his single album, which placed him at #3 in the overall annual ranking of album released until at the end of July 2010.[79]

Sidus HQ released the news on their official website that other American Dance Movie than Hype Nation 3D, Park also will be cast as one of the lead actors in the upcoming Korean Movie titled ‘Mr Idol’. The movie will be in the cinema around Summer 2011. Ironically, the film features an idol group who is forced to replace their lead singer with an indie band member.[80]

Park finally announced through his twitter ‘jaybumaom’ that he will be making his official solo comeback to Korean entertainment as he is currently preparing his Korean mini album. The album is to be released in April 2011, to coincide with his birthday, and it has been confirmed that the tracks on the album will be written by Park himself.

On October 10, 2010, Park was one of the performers alongside Se7en, Taeyang, Musiq Soulchild at the Seoul Soul Festival held at the War Memorial of Korea. Park and MusiqSoulChild also performed a duet song titled “Love” at the Festival. [81]

On January 6, 2011, Park was announced as the winner in ‘Best Web Video’ Category around the globe for his song ‘Nothin’ on You’ at the Mashable Awards. This video has a special meaning to his fans who have been missing him since it was a sign for his comeback after he had been on hiatus for the past months. He also has been nominated in ‘Must Follow Personality’ category and finished 2nd as a runner up. [82]

Park was chosen to be the sole opener for Ne-Yo in his first concert in Seoul for the “2011 Hyundai Mall 40th Anniversary Concert” held on March 29, 2011. He also cooperated with Ne-Yo for a charity event for children dreaming to become musicians on March 28 at the Dream Academy in Seoul. [83]

On March 28, 2011, Park was a finalist and received the most votes in the special category ‘Connecting People Award,’ a joint venture between Shorty Awards and Nokia for his contribution in connecting communities worldwide and encouraging people to do good deeds, donate to charities, and many more. Park also was a finalist in the ‘Celebrity’ category at the same event. [84]

[edit] Take a Deeper Look and Present Activities

Park released his first Korean mini-album, titled Take a Deeper Look, on April 27, 2011, with the title track “Abandoned”.[85] This mini album contained 7 songs where 6 out of 7 seven songs were written and produced by Park himself. His first performance of his title track, “Abandoned” was on April 30, 2011, at the 9th Annual Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles, California, where he performed as one of the headlining acts. The album received explosive response from the public as 50,000 copies album sold out within 5 days of its release. It has been reported the album already sold more than 71,000 copies in less than 2 weeks and the album is ranked #2 in yearly Hanteo chart. Music Industry predicted that the album will probably take over #1 spot in anytime. In addition, Park ranked consistently high on the iTunes top 10 R&B/Soul albums chart and ranked #1 in Canada, #1 in Denmark, #2 in United States, #3 in Australia, #3 in Norway, #4 in Japan, #5 in Italy and #6 in France. Take A Deeper Look debuted at #3 in the Billboard World Album Charts and ranked #26 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. [86] Park also made his debut stage on Korean music shows such as Music Bank on May 7, 2011 for the first time in 2 years as a solo artist and made history as the first artist crowned winner at a debut stage. He won Music Bank again on May 13, 2011. [87]

On August 6, 2011, Park participated in his first KBS Immortal Song 2 episode. He performed “Candy” by H.O.T. with Moon Hee-joon. He had won his round and received 2nd place overall on his first episode. Park followed up with his own R&B rendition of “Aemo” by Kim Soo-hee on the next episode. His remix was well received. On his third episode of “Immortal Song 2”, Park performed “Tell Me the Truth” by Jinusean with Solbi, Jang Hyuk and Kim Sooro. That performance won Park the competition for that episode, allowing him to choose the order for the next episode. For his fourth episode, Park again made his own R&B version of “Feel Good Day” by Kim Wan-sun. On his fifth episode, Park performed a remixed version of “Look Back at Me” by Deux, where he received attention from his fellow castmates for his incredible and dangerous b-boy moves. On his sixth episode and final appearance on the show, he performed “Dear, Do Not Change” by Nam Jin and won the last trophy. [88] It was revealed that Park will return to Immortal Song 2 for a special episode “King of Kings” with other singers that have claimed the #1 spot. This special episode will record November 7 at the KBS Open Hall and air November 19.

On October 1, 2011, Park returned to perform in the International Secret Agents Los Angeles concert. The biggest ISA concert to date was a 14-artist act including celebrities like B.o.B, Far East Movement, and Sean Kingston. The concert drew a crowd of more than 3,000 people for ISA’s first all-day outdoor festival concert, held at The Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California. Park performed his most recent released song, “Abandoned,” and also sang “Down” and “U Got it Bad.” His b-boy crew, Art of Movement, also made a guest appearance as they showcased their dance talents. [89] [90] [91]

On October 29, 2011, Park delivered an impressive performance to over 25,000 fans as he headlined the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Live in Manila Concert held at the SM Mall of Asia. The concert also featured Californian alternative rock band, Evaline, and international singer/songwriter, Jason Mraz. [92]

[edit] Discography

Extended Plays

Extended Play Tracklisting
Take a Deeper Look

  • Release date: 27. April 2011
  • Sales : +74.934[93]
  1. Touch The Sky (Feat. The Quiett)
  2. Abandoned (Feat. Dok2)
  3. 오늘밤 (Tonight) (Feat. Kang Min Kyung of Davichi)
  4. 너 없이 안돼 (I Can’t Be Without You)
  5. Don’t Let Go
  6. Level 1000 (With Dok2)
  7. Bestie
  8. Jay Park ft 2 pm – Lets go
Digital Single Tracklisting
믿어줄래 (Count On Me)

  1. 믿어줄래 (Nothin’ On You) Full melody version / Korean
  2. Count On Me (Nothin’ on You) Full melody version / English
  3. 믿어줄래 (Nothin’ on You) – Subman & KYU Remix
Digital Single Tracklisting

  • Release date: 04. September 2010[95]
  1. Bestie (English)
  2. Bestie (Korean)
  3. Bestie (Remix)


Year Title Peak positions Album
2010 “Demon” [96](Promo Single)
2011 “Abandoned” (featuring Dok2)[96] 6 Take a Deeper Look
“오늘밤 (Tonight)” (featuring Kang Min Kyung of Davichi) 22

Other Charted Songs

Year Title Peak positions Album
2010 “믿어줄래 (Full Melody Korean Version)” 2 믿어줄래 (Count On Me)
“Count On Me (Full Melody English Version)” 33
“베스티 (Bestie)” 21 Bestie (Digital Single)
“베스티 (Bestie) (Remix)” 73
“스피치리스 (Speechless)”(featuring Cha Cha Malone) 74
2011 “너 없이 안돼 (I Can’t Be Without You)” 45 Take a Deeper Look
“Touch The Sky”(featuring The Quiett) 41
“Level 1000”(featuring Dok2) 46
“I’ll Be There”(featuring 박재범) 31

[edit] See also

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Movies

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Hype Nation 3D Darkness Not yet released
2011 Mr. 아이돌 (Mr. Idol) Zio Korean release date November 3

[edit] Other Works

Year Title Role Notes
2010 “Word of the Day – Bromance” himself short video skit alongside Ryan Higa and Phil of Wong Fu Productions
2011 5Dolls – “Lip Stains” cameo 5Dolls first debut music video
2011 5Dolls – “It’s You” cameo 5Dolls second debut music video

[edit] Awards

Year Awards Country Result Notes
2010 Naver Male Solo Most Popular Search [97] Korea Won
2011 Best Web Video – Mashable Awards [98][99] USA Won for his cover of “Nothin’ On You” YouTube video
2011 Must Follow Personality – Mashable Awards USA 1st Runner-Up
2011 Connecting People Award – Shorty Awards USA Finalist received the most votes, joint venture with Nokia
2011 Best Celebrity on Twitter – Shorty Awards USA Finalist

[edit] Music Programs

These are collection of Jay Park’s wins on Korea’s televised music shows.

[edit] Music Bank

Music Bank on KBS.

Year Date Song
2011 May 6 “Abandoned”
May 13

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