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Left to right: Chansung, Wooyoung, Nichkhhun, Junho, Jaebeom, Junsu, Taecyeon
Background information
Origin Seoul, Republic of Korea
Genres K-pop, dance, hip-hop
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment (South Korea)
Sony Music (Thailand)
Ariola Japan (Japan)
United Asia Management
Associated acts One Day
JYP Nation
Past members

2PM is a South Korean boy band, originally a seven-member group, but currently consisting of six members[1] due to the sudden contract termination of leader Jaebeom following an Internet controversy in September 2009. They are managed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Junsu, Junho, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung.

2PM is made by Korean musician Park Jin Young after GOD for the first time in 10 years to launch boyband. 2PM is one of the two subgroups branched out from the eleven-member (before Jaebeom’s departure) boy band One Day, the other being 2AM. They debuted with the song “10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom” (10점 만점에 10점, lit. 10 Points Out of 10 Points), which showcased their acrobatic dance styles.[2] They achieved their first No. 1 song with “Again & Again”.





The members of 2PM all auditioned (except Nichkhun, who was scouted[3]) to become part of JYP Entertainment, to which the Wonder Girls & 2AM also belong. Some members held their auditions in other countries; for example, Park Jaebeom auditioned in the United States. Other members already had experience in the entertainment industry prior to their acceptance into JYP Entertainment, such as Kim Junsu, who had won various singing competitions, and Ok Taecyeon, Lee Junho and Hwang Chansung, who had participated in the show ‘SuperStar Survival’.

2PM’s and 2AM‘s training days were filmed in a documentary called Hot Blood Men, which aired on Mnet. The show documented the time by time training program of the JYP trainees who were to be part of the group “One Day”, as well as the elimination of three trainees from the group during the time.

2008: Debut and early success

Unlike other Korean record labels, their record label JYP Entertainment opted to promote them with a more mature than “pretty-boy” (in Korean ggotminam) image.[4]

2PM debuted with their single “10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom” (10점 만점에 10점, lit. 10 Points Out Of 10 Points) on September 4, 2008. On October 17, 2008, they began promotion of “Only You”, another song from their debut mini album “Hottest Time of the Day.”

On April 16, 2009, the group released their second mini album 2:00PM Time For Change, which they began promoting on April 23. On May 9, 2009, they won their first Mutizen Song award on M!Countdown since their debut; in the same week, they won their second Mutizen on SBS Inkigayo. The group earned their third Mutizen the following week, completing the triple crown and making them ineligible to win for the following weeks. However, the award that had been eluding them – Music Bank – was quickly won soon after. On June 11, 2PM began promotions for “Niga Mipda” (니가 밉다, lit. I Hate You) on M!Countdown. On July 2 and 3, 2PM achieved first place on the M!Countdown and Music Bank charts for the song “Niga Mipda”. They achieved the triple crown for the song on M!Countdown by July 16. On July 30, 2PM won the ‘Only One Song’ award on M!Countdown.

2009: Controversy and rise to prominence

On September 4, 2009, articles surfaced on the internet regarding Jaebeom’s posts from 2005 on his personal Myspace account, in which he expressed his dislike for Korea while still a trainee for JYP Entertainment. Jaebeom issued an apology regarding this matter.[5] Although outraged protesters demanded that Jaebeom should be forced out of 2PM, JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young stated on September 7 that he was going to continue to remain part of the group.[6] The following day, Jaebeom announced on his official fancafe that he would be leaving the group and returning to the United States, with plans of going back to school and bettering his understanding of music, and also apologized to the other 2PM members for not being a good leader and older brother to the group.[7] Park Jin-young has confirmed that he will respect the singer’s decision, and that 2PM will continue on as a 6-member group.[1][8] Additionally, due to the sensitive topic of Jaebeom’s departure, all 2PM members were withdrawn from their regular appearances on variety shows.[9]

The group finished re-filming their music video for “Heartbeat”, the title song of their first full-length album, without Jaebeom on October 31, 2009. During a press conference, it was revealed that Jaebeom’s vocals would not be removed from the songs.[10] The day after the now 6-member 2PM’s full-length album was released, Park Jin-young released a statement that Jaebeom would return as a member of 2PM if he wanted to make a comeback, while indicating that his return was not imminent.[11][12] In further support of Jaebeom’s place in the group, the six 2PM members have also decided to distribute their income from their 1st album with him, sending him an equally divided amount of the earnings.[13]

The group’s first full length album, titled 1:59PM, was released on November 10, 2009.[14] Both the album and title track, “Heartbeat”, quickly rose to the #1 position on multiple music sales charts.[15] The group made their first comeback performance, signifying the beginning of their promotional activities for the album, on M.Net’s ‘O Good Concert’ on Thursday, November 12, 2009,[16] subsequently making their KBS Music Bank, MBC Music Core and SBS Inkigayo comebacks on Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, respectively.

On November 20, 2009, 2PM performed at and was honored with two awards by the Asian Music Awards (previously known as KM Music Festival): the award for Best Male Group and Artist of the Year (the latter being one of the three most prestigious awards, or “Daesang”s, at the show, which also include Song of the Year and Album of the Year).[17] The group paid homage to him during their performance of “Again & Again”, in which a spotlight was shown over Jaebeom’s usual position in the dance formation and his vocals were not replaced.[18]

On November 26, 2009, after two weeks of promotional activities for the 1:59PM album, 2PM earned their first #1 on a TV music show (KBS Music Bank’s “K-Chart”) since the album’s release, with “Heartbeat”,[19] which went on to take #1 on the K-Chart for three more weeks. In addition, “Heartbeat” achieved the “Mutizen” song award Triple Crown on SBS Inkigayo by being the #1 song the Inkigayo “Take 7” chart for three weeks, the maximum amount of time for which a nominated song is eligible to win. On December 30, 2009, at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)’s end of the year Music Festival, “Again & Again” was recognized as “Song of the Year”,[20] winning with 57,060 votes.

2PM followed up end-of-2009 activities with the second single off of 1:59PM album, “Tired of Waiting”. The song was performed live for the first time at the SBS Music Festival on December 29, 2009. 2PM’s promotion for the album ended with their SBS Inkigayo performance on January 17, 2010.

2010 – Present

On the cover of KoreAm, August 2010

On February 25, 2010, JYP Entertainment announced that Park Jaebeom would not be returning to 2PM, as his contract with the company had been permanently terminated.[21] A fan meeting/press conference was held two days later with the 6 remaining members of 2PM and JYP Entertainment CEO Choi Jungwook in attendance, where it was announced that although 2PM would continue promoting as 6 members, a new leader would not be chosen to replace Park.

In mid-April 2010, 2PM released image and video teasers for their third single Don’t Stop Can’t Stop, for which the group promised to showcase an even stronger side of themselves than before.[22] The EP, containing six tracks, was released on April 19, 2010. The lead single, Without U, quickly rose to the #1 position on 6 different music charts.[23] The group made their television performance comeback on Mnet’s music program M! Countdown on April 22, 2010.

2PM has been confirmed as the opening act for their label-mates, popular girl group Wonder Girls for 9 shows on the latter’s United States headlining summer tour.[24] 2PM also performed at the 8th annual Korea Times Music Festival in Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2010, and at the Dream Concert in Seoul, South Korea on May 22, 2010.[25][26]

On May 24, 2010, 2PM released the song “What’s Your Celebration?” for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.[27] The song samples K’Naan‘s Wavin’ Flag.

On July 11, Taecyeon & Wooyoung left the position of MCs at SBS Inkigayo. And a while after, on August 2, Wooyoung also left Winwin to concentrated on 2PM’s busy schedule. Then they have prepared so hard for their 1st concert in Seoul & Busan. The 1st concerts took place on July 31, August 1 (in Seoul) & August 7, 8 (in Busan) (2AM & missA were invited as the guests of the concert).

2PM’s first concerts were ended successfully with the number of 12,000 people (not only are Korean, but also come from Japan, Taiwan, China & Thailand) attended each day. In these concerts, 2PM performed in turn all their hit-songs since 2008. Also, the members put their impressive solo performances on the stage; which attracted a lot attention. The concerts ended with the song “THANK YOU” written by 2PM. 2PM sent the messages to all fans, who always stand by them & support them no matter what. Towards these concerts, 2PM proved how they improved & how they passed through together with their fans, Hotttest. After the success of first concert, JYPE has informed that 2PM will have two encore concerts in Seoul on September 4 & 5 to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

On October 11, 2010, 2PM released their fourth extended play, Still 2:00PM,[28] with the lead single “I’ll Be Back” staying at number one for two consecutive weeks in the Music Bank.[29] On November 1, 2010, Still 2:00PM debuted unexpectedly on the 13th spot of the Billboard’s World Album-Chart though no specific promotions for the album were made in the US.[30][31][32]

2PM was granted the “Most Popular Asian Singer” award at the Mandarin Music Honors 2010 in China. The boys attended the grand event on October 18th at Wukesong Arena; it was the tenth annual MMH, and was broadcasted on MTV and CCTV in China. Previously, Rain, Jang Nara, and Shin Seung Hoon have each taken home the “Year’s Best Korean Singer” award, but this is the first time a Korean artist has ever won the “Most Popular Asian Singer” award. To the delight of fans, boys performed “Heartbeat” and their new hit, “I’ll Be Back.” 2PM shared, “We are so happy to be at one of Asia’s biggest music award shows as Korea’s representative; we wanted to perform for all our Asian fans. We also won this award! We would appreciate more love and support in the future.”[33]

On March 6, 2011, it was announced that 2PM will release their Japanese Debut-Single “Take Off” on May 18, which was also featured as an Ending Song for the Blue Exorcist anime series.[34] Due to the major online pre-order of the limited version A, regular version and limited version B of the single, “Take Off” has ranked from No. 1 to 3, respectively, on the pre-order chart of Tower Records Japan.[35] It has also reached No.1 in the USEN’s J-Pop Chart. 2PM is the first Korean band that has reached that spot in this particular chart.[36]

After 2PM’s first venture to the Japanese music market, JYP Entertainment released a set of publicity photos of the band along the tracklist of their upcoming second studio album entitled “Hands Up” on June 12, 2011.[37] One day later, MTV Korea announced the release date of the album as June 20.[38]

On November 30, 2011, 2PM will release their first studio album in Japanese language. They have released three Japanese singles so far.

Overseas activities


2PM made their first overseas performance in Thailand in late February 2009 at the Nine Entertain Awards. On June 25, they released their “Thailand Special Edition” album, and began promotions in Thailand shortly afterward. 2PM also performed at the Pop Music Awards in Pattaya.[39]


2PM advanced into the Chinese market on November 25, 2009 as they met with their Chinese fans at the 2009 Hanryu showcase (Korea-China Music Festival), held in Shanghai, China. 2PM planned to gradually enter the market through promotions and the release of their first full album.[citation needed]

Malaysia & Philippines

JYPE released 2PM first full album 1:59 in Malaysia and Philippines through Sony Music Malaysia and Philippines.


Their popularity among Japanese fans has grown tremendously since the release of their first official album, 1:59 PM—a 2PM Café just opened up in Shibuya, and all last week, 2PM stole the top five spots on the widely-known Japanese ringtone site called Recochoku. Furthermore, the KPop group released their first ever DVD entitled, Hottest, which showcases their entire music video collection as well as some photo shoot footage and a general history of them becoming 2PM. A sneak preview of Hottest was held in Ginza before the release, and the excitement was a sure sign of the product’s imminent success, as over 1,000 fans attended the event. The DVD was then available for purchase beginning November 23 and quickly hit number two on the Oricon charts. Now, on the second day of sales, it has been reported that the DVD it at #1.[40]

The Japanese music market has been the only international music market so far that 2PM has specifically focused on by releasing exclusive singles and a studio album in Japanese language.

Other activities

Television hosting

In December 2008, 2PM began to host the third season of MBC’s Idol Show (아이돌군단의 떴다!그녀).[41] The segment ran from December 4, 2008 to March 26, 2009, with a total of seventeen episodes.

The group also starred in a reality show on, titled “Wild Bunny”, in which the members escaped the pressures of stardom by performing ten forbidden activities of idols. The show ran from July 21, 2009 to September 1, 2009, with seven episodes aired; the airing of the final episode, which coincidentally featured the members engaged in a “Leader Olympics” game to select a new leader, was postponed indefinitely due to Jaebeom’s internet controversy and his subsequent departure from the group.[42]

In addition, Taecyeon and Wooyoung are hosting SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System)’s weekly music show Inkigayo, while Jaebeom and Chansung have also made regular appearances on ‘Introducing Star Friends’. Since Jaebeom was voted off, Nichkhun replaced his position as the guest. Nichkhun and Wooyoung were also frequent guests on SBS’s variety talent show Star King between April and October 2009, with the other 2PM members occasionally joining them.

Recently, Taecyeon became a permanent cast member of the second season of Family Outing, a celebrity variety show airing on SBS.[43] Wooyoung is also now a co-host of the KBS celebrity talk show Win Win.[44] In March 2010, Junho returned as a permanent cast member of the sports variety show Dream Team 2,[45] also on KBS, for which he was part of the pilot episode in September before having to withdraw due to Jaebeom’s controversy. In June 2010, Nichkhun signed on to be a part of the popular MBC celebrity reality show We Got Married, where he will act as a make-believe husband to Victoria of Korean girl group f(x).[46]


In March 2009, 2PM was selected to model for EXR, a clothing company in Korea.[47] In July 2009, the members of 2PM were selected as the representatives of foreign artists by the Thai government-led tourism campaign, I Love Thailand.[48] Member Nichkhun has also been selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as the face of their newest campaign, “Come to Thailand; Let’s Take a Break!”[49]

In August 2009, 2PM collaborated with the Body Shop in ‘Soft Hands, Kind Heart’, a worldwide campaign that calls for the protection of children and teenagers against sex trafficking. The members will act as Korea’s spokespeople for the campaign.[50]

In late October 2009, a commercial film (CF) of 2PM promoting Hanami (a Thailand snack company) was released, which also included Jaebeom; the commercial was said to be filmed prior to his departure in September.

November 2009 saw multiple new endorsement deals for the group,[51] the first of which being a commercial and print campaign for Market O’s “Real Brownie” pastry. Shortly thereafter, the group endorsed the Samsung Corby mobile phone, one of the newest mobile devices in Samsung’s popular “Anycall” series, both on television and on the Samsung website.[52] 2PM is also currently endorsing Paris-Croissant Food Company‘s Paris Baguette bakery franchise, for which the group recorded a special Christmas song and are featured in a series of commercials with popular Korean actress Kim Tae Hee.[53]

In 2010, 2PM has signed on to endorse Coca-Cola[4] as well as the clothing company SPRIS (also known as PONY).[54] Members Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Junsu and Wooyoung endorse Cass Beer, and Nichkhun has continued advertising for the Suzuki Jelato motorcycle in Thailand. In addition, 2PM now endorses Calvin Klein South Korea, as well as, most recently, It’s Skin, a South Korean cosmetics and skin care brand.

In mid-2010, 2PM has been chosen along Girls’ Generation to be the spokesperson for Caribbean Bay.[55][56][57][58] Shortly after, the members of 2PM (expect for Nichkhun) were chosen to sing the song “Fly to Seoul (Boom Boom Boom)” to support tourism in Korea.[59] Due to renewal of their endorsement deal with Samsung, 2PM recorded the song “Nori For U” for Samsung Anycall NORi.[60]

Dance style

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2PM’s performances consist of a combination of hip hop dance and acrobatics onstage, as shows in their performances of “10 points out of 10 points”. All of the members are trained in dancing, acrobatics and singing.[2]


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  • Junsu (준수) (born January 15, 1988),[61] full name Kim Junsu (김준수), was born in Daegu, South Korea. Prior to singing, Junsu had entered and won various poem- and song-writing contests.[62] He originally auditioned for YG Entertainment, where he befriended G-Dragon and Tae Yang of Big Bang. He was accepted into both YG & JYP Entertainment, but chose to take the path of JYP in his final decision.
  • Nichkhun (닉쿤) (born June 24, 1988),[61] full name Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล), is an American citizen of Thai and Chinese descent. He was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He spent his childhood in Thailand and California and studied abroad in New Zealand. He returned to the States for high school at Los Osos High School and was scouted by a JYP talent agent in Hollywood, California while he was attending the Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles.[3]
  • Taecyeon (택연) (born December 27, 1988),[61] full name Ok Taecyeon (옥택연), was born in Busan, South Korea. As a young child, Taecyeon (along with his family) moved to Bedford, Massachusetts, where his parents and older sister still currently reside.[63] He originally auditioned for JYP Entertainment in New York City to become a model. Taec was also on the same audition show as Junho and Chansung, Superstar Survival, but was the first contestant to leave the show. He featured in “Yes I’m In Love” by Bada on her 4th album and Baek Ji Young‘s 2009 song “My Ear’s Candy” (내 귀에 캔디). He hosted SBS‘s music show Inkigayo with Wooyoung, and was a permanent cast member on Family Outing 2. He debuted as an actor in the 2010 KBS drama series “신데렐라 언니” (Cinderella’s Sister) alongside Moon Geun Young and Chun Jung-myung.[64]
  • Wooyoung (우영) (born April 30, 1989),[61] full name Jang Wooyoung (장우영), is from Busan, Korea and was selected as a JYP trainee through MGoon’s JYP auditions, of which he won first place against 5,000 other candidates. Before debuting in 2PM, Wooyoung filled in as a dancer partner with Wonder Girls member Kim Yubin when TOP from Big Bang fainted the day before the special performance with the Wonder Girls during the 2007 MBC Music Awards.[citation needed]
  • Junho (준호) (born January 25, 1990),[61] full name Lee Junho (이준호), is from Ilsan, Korea and signed a contract with JYP Entertainment after winning the “JYP’s Superstar Survival” talent search (which Taecyeon and Chansung were also contestants in) in 2006, placing 1st out of 6,000 competitors. Recently, he composed a song that is featured on their “Hands Up” album. Due to his looks, he is often compared with Korean entertainer Rain.[4]
  • Chansung (찬성) (born February 11, 1990),[61] full name Hwang Chansung (황찬성), acted in the Korean sitcom “Unstoppable High Kick[4] prior to his debut with 2PM. Chansung participated in the same survival game as Junho but lost. He auditioned a second time and was accepted into the company. He rapped in 2AM‘s song “To Her” (그녀에게).


  • Jaebeom (재범) (born April 25, 1987, full name Park Jaebeom (박재범)) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Originally entering JYP Entertainment as a rapper and b-boy, he trained for four years to improve his singing and Korean. It was initially his mother who led him to apply as he wished to not attend college, and Jin-Young Park (JYP) himself watched his audition and brought him to Korea. He collaborated with Yeeun of Wonder Girls for “正” (“Jeong”) on the Han Sung Byul Gok OST. Due to his comments on his MySpace page, he left the group on September 8, 2009.[65] On February 25, 2010, JYP Entertainment announced that Jaebeom’s contract was permanently terminated.[21]


  • Official Fanclub: Hottest
  • Official Balloon Color: Metallic grey, with 2PM engraved on it.


Main article: 2PM discography

Korean Discography

Studio albums

Extended plays

Single Album

Compilation albums

  • 2009: Thailand Special Edition
  • 2011: All About 2PM

Japanese Discography

Studio Albums

Single Album


  • 2010: Hottest: 2PM 1st Music Video Collection & The History
  • 2011: 2PM 1st Concert in Seoul “Don’t Stop Can’t Stop
  • 2011: 1st JAPAN TOUR 2011 “Take off” in MAKUHARI MESSE


For more detail information see

Main article: 2PM videography


For more detail information see

Further information: 2PM filmography

Reality shows

2007 Hot Blood Men
2008 Idol Show
2009 Wild Bunny
2011 2PM Show!


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Style cameo
2011 Boss 2 cameo Japanese drama


Year Tour Name Dates Concerts
Start End
2010 First Concert: Don’t Stop Can’t Stop July 31st
(Seoul Olympic Park Arena)
Sept. 5th
(Jamsil Indoor Stadium)
2011 First Japan Tour: Take Off May 6th
(Zepp Sapporo)
May 13th
(Zepp Tokyo)
Second Concert: HANDS UP ASIA TOUR Sept. 2nd
(Jamsil Indoor Stadium)
** 7*
Japan Arena Tour: REPUBLIC OF 2PM Dec. 5th
(Osaka-jo Hall)
Dec. 21st
(Nippon Budoukan)
(+ 1 pre-show)

Concert participation


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Year Awards

Music Programs

These are a collection of 2PM wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel Mnet, and Music Bank on KBS.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2009 June 12 Again & Again
July 3 I Hate You
November 27 Heartbeat
December 4
December 11
December 18
2010 May 7 Without U
May 14
October 22 I’ll Be Back
October 29
2011 July 1 Hands Up
July 8
July 15
July 22


Year Date Song
2009 May 10 Again & Again
May 16
May 24
November 29 Heartbeat
December 6
December 13
2010 May 16 Without U
May 23
October 24 I’ll Be Back
2011 July 3 Hands Up
July 10

M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2009 May 7 Again & Again
May 14
May 21
July 2 I Hate You
July 9
July 16
2010 April 29 Without U
May 6
May 13
October 28 I’ll Be Back
November 4
2011 July 7 Hands Up


• 김준수 – Kim Junsu •
Date of Birth : 15 January 1988
Position : Lead Vocal
Blood Type : A
Height/Weight : 180 cm/ 68 kg

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• 닉쿤 – Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul •
Date of Birth : 24 June 1988
Position : Vocalist
Blood Type : O
Height/Weight : 180 cm/ 64 kg
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• 옥택연 – Ok Taecyeon

Date of Birth : 27 December 1988
Position : Main Rapper
Blood Type : AB
Height/Weight : 185 cm/ 76 kg

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• 장우영 – Jang Wooyoung •
Date of Birth : 30 April 1989
Position : Main Vocalist
Blood Type : B
Height/Weight : 178 cm/ 65 kg

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• 이준호 – Lee Junho •
Date of Birth : 25 January 1990
Position : Main Vocalist
Blood Type : A
Height/Weight : 178 cm/ 67 kg

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• 황찬성 – Hwang Chansung •
Date of Birth : 11 February 1990
Position : Vocalist, Rapper
Blood Type : B
Height/Weight : 184 cm/ 75 kg

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