Introduction to Jay Park
Jay Park is a Korean-American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer, model, choreographer, entrepreneur and actor. He is a member of the Seattle-based B-Boy crew, Art of Movement (AOM), and founder and Co-CEO of the independent hip hop record label AOMG & his New Global Label H1GHR MUSIC. Park started as a B-Boy and dancer, known for his charismatic performances and stage presence. Park was described as a “born entertainer” by Korean pop singer Patti Kim, and The New York Times quoted the president of digital music distributor DFSB Kollective describing Park as “not just an artist, but also his own PR agent, fan club president, and TV network.”
Originally hailing from Seattle, Jay’s musical roots grew out of his passion for dance. As a competitive B-Boy, Jay developed a genuine enthusiasm for hip-hop music and culture. Jay has always held true to both his culturally American roots, while embracing his ethnically Korean roots. Due to his nuanced, multi-cultural understanding and open-mindedness, Jay has garnered respect domestically in Korea and beyond as a global music icon.
Park initially rose to fame as the leader of South Korean boy band 2PM, formed by record label JYP Entertainment in 2008, after having previously been a trainee for four years. In September 2009, Park returned home to Seattle after comments he wrote about Korea in 2005 as a teenager were publicized by the Korean media; Park officially left the group in early 2010. In March of 2010, Park uploaded a cover video of B.o.B‘s hit “Nothin’ on You“, with his own rap and lyrics, to YouTube, which went viral and reached over 2,000,000 views in less than 24 hours, leading to the release of Park’s first EP, “Count on Me“ in July 2010, which debuted at number one on the Gaon chart. Park returned to South Korea in June 2010 for the filming of Hype Nation, while being represented by Digital Media Wire’s CEO and entertainment attorney Ned Sherman, and in July 2010, Park signed a contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest agencies in South Korea, re-debuting as a solo singer and an actor.
Park’s first mini album, “Take a Deeper Look“, released in 2011, went multi-platinum in South Korea. Park became the first ever artist crowned winner on a debut stage by winning on KBS‘ Music Bank with “Abandoned“, and was the only solo artist to win “Record of the Year” at the 2011 Golden Disk Awards. Later in 2011, Park released singles “Demon“, “Girlfriend“, and “Star”, co-starred in the Korean movie, Mr. Idol, and joined the cast of KBS’ Immortal Songs 2. At the end of 2011, Park released an EP, “New Breed Part 1“; the precursor to Park’s first full-length album.
In February 2012, Jay Park released his first full-length album, “New Breed“, quickly topping charts in South Korea and internationally, and went multi-platinum in less than a week. Park also released an English mixtape, “Fresh Air: Breathe It“, which became the first mixtape by an Asian artist to achieve gold status on DatPiff for surpassing 100,000 downloads. Following the release of “New Breed“ in 2012, Park successfully held his first solo concert in Seoul, as well as embarking on tours around Asia and Australia. Park headlined the Verizon APAHM Tour in the United States, and was the closing act at MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012. Also in 2012, Park returned to KBS’ Immortal Songs 2, became a fixed panel member on MBC’s Come to Play, and hosted tvN‘s Saturday Night Live Korea. Park became a permanent cast member of Saturday Night Live Korea in early 2013.
In April of 2014, Park was chosen as a dance master for Season 2 of Dancing 9, a Korean dance competition show. Park's team , The Blue Eye won that season. In August of 2014, Jay Park took part in a small number of episodes of America's Next Top Model, cycle 21, which was filmed earlier that year in Seoul. He also performed 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) as a Korean representative pop singer. On September 1 of the same year, his second full-length album, “Evolution” arrived.
Jay Park participated as a judge on Mnet's Show Me the Money 4 in 2015, alongside LOCO and ZICO.
In 2015 he released an extensive list of songs including "Lotto", "All I Got Time For", "On It", "Want It", "Mommae" and "Sex Trip". He released "My Last" featuring LOCO and Gray in July 17, 2015. Jay Park released his album “WORLDWIDE” in November 2015.
Jay Park’s fourth studio album, “Everything You Wanted“, landed one year immediately after “WORLDWIDE”. Receiving a warm reception in all territories, “Everything You Wanted“ charted at #3 on Billboard’s World Album Chart, #3 on iTunes U.S. R&B Chart, and various singles charting in Korea’s MelOn Chart.
With a vision to utilize his platform to support important social causes, Jay has partnered with cosmetics brand MAC and InStyle Magazine to support World AIDS Day 2016, with AOMG headlining the World AIDS Day Red Party in Seoul, and with W Magazine Korea for Breast Cancer Awareness. Former Vice President Al Gore invited Jay to participate in “24HoursofReality” to represent South Korea and Asia in an effort to promote a healthier world.
In August 2017, Jay Park announced a partnership with Jay-Z‘s entertainment agency Roc Nation, garnering worldwide recognition surrounding his foray into the US market as the first Asian American signed to the label. In 2018, Jay Park dropped his debut US music capsule, “Ask Bout Me”, which featured breakout tracks “SOJU” featuring 2 Chainz, “YACHT” featuring Vic Mensa, and “FSU“ featuring GASHI & Rich The Kid. The “Ask Bout Me” US debut received tremendous success with the visuals amassing millions of views.
Jay Park appeared as a judge on Asia’s Got Talent in 2019 alongside David Foster and Anggun during seasons 2 & 3.
He is among several Asian Pacific Americans being honored and recognized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, receiving The Game Changer Award in Music.
Jay also presented himself to the fans in 31 cities from 16 countries through his first world tour ‘JAY PARK 2019 SEXY 4EVA WORLD TOUR’, showing how globally acclaimed he is.
A glamorous debut, transformation into a solo artist, establishing two record labels AOMG & H1GHR MUSIC, releasing numerous singles, 7 EPs and 5 full-length albums, countless featured works, winning the Artist of the Year and The Best R&B Album in Korean music awards, the first Asian artist to sign under JAY-Z’s label Roc Nation. Jay Park has never disappointed the public with his endless list of accomplishment both in Korea and overseas, and is considered one of the most influential figures in the Korean hip-hop scene today, cited by many Korean artists as their idol, influence and inspiration.
Fun Facts About Jay Park
|1.||His partner in the company (other CEO) is ChaCha Malone, they met in their hometown at school and stayed friends ever since.||
|2.||Jay Park and ChaCha Malone both wanted to pursue the Hip-pop music career so they joined forces.||
|3.||He is under Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s label) for his American activities. He is the first Asian to sign with Roc Nation.||
|4.||He is a member of the Seattle-based b-boy crew, Art of Movement (AOM)||
|5.||He was the judge for Asia’s Got Talent for season 2.||
|6.||He is the founder and CEO of the Korean independent hip hop record label AOMG & His New Global Label H1GHR MUSIC.||