Stage/English Name: Jay Park
Korean Name: Park Jae Beom (박재범)
Birthday: April 25, 1987 (age 24)
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Blood Type: A
Education: Dankook University
Hobbies: Basketball, listening music
Favorite Artists: Eminem, Usher, Musiq Soulchild, Drake
Favorite Rapper: Method Man
Jay Park is an American b-boy, dancer, Korean American singer, rapper, songwriter, composer and actor.
He was a former member and leader of South Korean boyband 2PM, and is part of Seattle-based b-boy crew Art of Movement.
Jay Park, after a successful audition for JYP Entertainment in the U.S, moved to Korea and signed with the company as a rapper and b-boy trainee.
He was scouted personally by JYP Entertainment and was trained to improve his singing and also his Korean for four years before debuting as a leader in 2PM with the stage name Jaebeom.
He was originally supposed to debut as a solo idol however the company changed the plan at the last minutes as he was needed to be a leader in one of group under same company.
On 9th July 2007, Jay and Ye Eun(Wonder Girls) were feat. in a song of Seoul's Sad Song OST.
Shorty Janggun - Jeong (feat. Ye Eun and Jaebeom)
On 27th May 2009, Jay Park was feat. in one of the tracks in V.O.S's Routine Free.
To Luv... (feat. Jaebeom)
On September 4, 2009, an internet controversy surfaced regarding him.
The articles talk about posts on his personal Myspace back in 2005 about his dislike for Korea when he was still a trainee for JYP Entertainment.
The comments, written in English to a friend, were misinterpreted and mistranslated by Korean media, quickly spreading across hundreds of news articles.
Although he issued an apology, protesters demanded that he had to withdrawal from 2PM.
Four days later in September 8, he announced on his official fansite that he would leave the group and return to the United States.
After Park returned to the United States, fans changed their perspective on the matter when they realised that his MySpace messages had been badly 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.
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 did 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.
Beginning in November of 2009, eagle-eyed fans found and spread footage of b-boying battles that he had attended and participated in uploaded on Youtube, despite his initial efforts to cover his face from the view of cameras.
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.
On March 15, 2010, Park created his own YouTube channel. His first post was a video where he sings a rendition of "Nothin' On You" (with his own rap and lyrics) in his bathroom.
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.
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.
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.
On April 14, an associate involved in the production of American dance film Hype Nation confirmed that Park had been cast as the movie's main character.
Filming is set to 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.
On April 20, it was announced on allhiphop.com that Park is recording under Teddy Riley and has completed tracks with Snoop Dogg and T-Pain.
This was later confirmed to be for Park's solo album.
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 Mapthesoul.com, and Dumbfoundead.
On April 24, Dumbfoundead released a collaboration track featuring Park and Clara Chung on his website, titled "Clouds".
Clouds - Dumbfoundead ft. Jay Park & Clara
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.
JAY PARK (박재범) in the YouTube Spotlight
It was revealed that Park will return to Korea through Incheon International Airport with the staff of Hype Nation, Art of Movement, and his parents between May 31 and June 1, 2010. Also being prepared are a press conference for Park's involvement in the movie (which was later revealed to be falsely reported), and a fanmeeting.
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.
On May 22, 2010, Park took part in major hip-hop event Claws Out in Seattle as a judge, while fellow Art of Movement member Junior competed.
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.
On May 30, 2010, Park appeared with Kero One, Dumbfoundead, MYK and DOK2 at The Showbox Sodo in Seattle for a concert along with few members of AOM.
On 15th June 2010, B.o.B and Jay Park collaborated for Nothin' On You.
B.o.B - Nothin' On You (feat. Jay Park)
On 17th June 2010, Jay drop a message on http://www.jaypark.com/ both English and Korean versions.
Title: Love and Peace
On June 18, 2010, Park arrived in Korea at Incheon International Airport, received a warm welcome from thousands of fans, making the history as the biggest crowd ever at the said airport 'Park Jaebeom's returned' became the biggest headline in Korea that day.
100618 tvn Park Jaebum Airport Arrival
"JayIsBack" shot up immediately on the trending topics on Twitter on June 18 at 9:30 AM GMT.
Pictures of Park in Hype Nation were released on July 2, and Park was able to meet with the Korean media for interviews for the first time, talking about his current activities.It was also revealed that his single "Demon" would be included in Hype Nation's original soundtrack.
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, where his management states that he plans to redebut as a rookie artist.
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.
The contract with Sidus HQ was finalized on July 16, 2010.
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".
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.
The English and Korean lyrics were written by Park himself.
On YouTube, Park also uploaded a short music video for the song.
Mideojullae (Full Melody Korean Ver.) (믿어줄래)
Count On Me (Full Melody English Ver.)
Mideojullae (Subman & KYU Remix) (믿어줄래)
Sidus HQ released the news at 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 'Happy Together'.
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.
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 believe to be released on April 2011 and it has been confirmed that the tracks on the album will be written by Park himself.
On 29 July 2010, Dok2 & Rado collaborated with Jay Park for one of the tracks in It's We.
Doin' Good (feat. Jay Park)(Remix)
On 3rd Sept 2010, Brave Brothers and Jay Park collaborated for the Classic.
I want to Cry.
On October 4th, Jay drops a surprise to his fans, JWalkerz.
Park was chosen by MusiqSoulChild and Ne-Yo as a special guest for tour their concerts in Seoul, Korea.
Park also performed a duet song 'Love' with MusiqSoulChild at the same stage and he also cooperate with Ne-Yo for charity event before performed as an opener guest for Ne-Yo's concert.
101010 Soul Festival Musiq Soulchild & Jay Park - LOVE
MUSIC VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE 04.27.2011
Jay Park is returning as a more mature musician on April 27th with his new album, “Take A Deeper Look.” His involvement in the overall production of the album is quite impressive as he wrote the lyrics for all seven songs and composed six of them.
This seven track mini album, with the title track “Abandoned,” is a complete album mixing in a variety of musical genres including hiphop, dance, and R&B. The featured artist list includes Kang Min Kyung of Davichi, rappers Dok2 and The Quiett, as well as Cha Cha Malone, member of the AOM (Art of Movement) Crew who also worked on Jay Park's digital single, “Bestie.”
For this album, Jay Park has worked with some of the best music video producers and choreographers as well. The MV producer of title track “Abandoned” is Hong Won Ki, who produced MVs for Seo Taeji, TVXQ, Super Junior, and Beast in the past. Andrew Baterina, the chief choreographer for movie “Hype Nation’s” O.S.T track “Demon,” is in charge of all choreography for this MV.
This mini album will be released in a limited edition package. The album comes with a separate album case and a diary containing Jay Park’s unreleased photos. It looks to be a valuable present to fans who awaited Jay Park’s return for so long.
Take A Deeper Look
Touch The Sky (Feat. The Quiett)
Abandoned (Feat. Dok2)
오늘밤 (Tonight Feat. Kang Min Kyung of Davichi)
너 없이 안돼 (I Can't Be Without You)
Don't Let Go
Level 1000 (With Dok2)
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