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It’s like I’m at another time and space, feels like when I first loved dancing, the stage is the world that heals me.

–Jimin, 2017.07.02, Japan.

Park Ji-min (박지민) referred to as Jimin (지민) is a South Korean singer, dancer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist and main dancer of BTS.

Life and career

Early life and education

Jimin was born on October 13, 1995 in Geumjeong District, Busan, South Korea. His immediate family includes mother, father, and a younger brother. When he was a child, he attended Busan's Hodong Elementary School[7] and Yonsan Middle School. During middle school, he attended Just Dance Academy and learned popping and locking dance. Prior to becoming a trainee, Jimin studied contemporary dance at Busan High School of Arts and was a top student in the modern dance department. After a teacher suggested he audition with an entertainment company, it led him to Big Hit Entertainment. Once he passed the auditions in 2012, he transferred to Korean Arts High School,[8] graduating in 2014. Jimin is currently enrolled at Global Cyber University.

BTS

2017 ChimChim Birthday (16)

Jimin shooting "Serendipity" comeback trailer in 2017.

On June 12, 2013, Jimin made his debut as a member of BTS with the release of the single "No More Dream". In the group, Jimin holds the position of a main dancer and lead vocalist. Under BTS, he has released two solo tracks, "Lie" and "Serendipity". The song "Lie" was released in 2016 in the album Wings. It was described as stunning and dramatic, conveying dark undertones and emotions that helped reflect the overall concept of the album. In contrast, "Serendipity" from the album Love Yourself: Answer released in 2018 was soft and sensual, unraveling the joy, conviction, and curiosity of love.

Both of Jimin's solos "Serendipity" and "Lie" surpassed fifty million streams on Spotify, a first record in five years by a K-pop solo song after Psy's "Gentleman". The songs were also the only solo songs by a BTS member in Official Chart's 20 most streamed BTS songs in the UK. Jimin's song "Promise" (2018) saw Soundcloud's Biggest 24-Hour Debut Ever, surpassing the record set by Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle’, according to SoundCloud. It is currently the most streamed K-pop song on the platform.

In 2018, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with other members of the group.

Solo Work

On 2014, Jimin collaborated with fellow member Jungkook for "Christmas Day", a Korean rendition of Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe", the Korean lyrics being written by Jimin. Later on, Jimin collaborated with Jungkook again by releasing a cover of "We Don't Talk Anymore", originally by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez, released on June 2, 2017.

Jimin began participating in a variety of shows such as Hello Counselor, Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, and God's Workplace in 2016. In the same year, he began hosting as a special MC at shows such as Show! Music Core and M Countdown. During December he also participated in a duet at the KBS Song Festival with Taemin from Shinee.

Jimin released his first solo song outside of BTS releases, "Promise", on December 30, 2018, for free on BTS' SoundCloud page. The song, described by Billboard as a "mellow pop ballad", was composed by Jimin and Big Hit Entertainment producer Slow Rabbit, with the latter also producing the track. "Promise" features lyrics written by Jimin and fellow BTS member RM, and cover artwork photographed by bandmate V.

Philanthropy

From 2016 to 2018, Jimin supported graduates of Busan Hodong Elementary School, his alma mater, by covering uniform expenses. After news of the school's closing was released, he donated summer and winter middle school uniforms to the final graduates and gifted autographed albums to the entire student body. In early 2019, Jimin donated 100 million Korean won (roughly 88,000 US dollars) to the Busan Department of Education to help support lower income students. Of the total, ₩30 million (roughly US$23,000) went to Busan Arts High School, Jimin's alma mater.

Artistry

Jimin's vocals have been described as delicate and sweet. He is regarded as an exceptional dancer among the members of the group and in K-pop in general. Noelle Devoe of Elite Daily wrote that he is often praised for his "smooth and elegant movements" as well as his charm on stage. In the BTS documentary Burn The Stage, Jimin said that he thinks of himself as a perfectionist, stating even the smallest mistakes on stage makes him feel guilty and stresses him.

He has cited singer Rain as one of his inspirations and reasons why he wanted to become both a singer and performer.

Impact and influence

In 2016, Jimin was ranked as the 14th most preferred idol in a survey conducted by Gallup Korea. In 2017 he came in at 7th and in the 2018 survey he ranked at number 1.

In 2018, Jimin was the ninth most tweeted about celebrity and the eighth most tweeted about musician in the world. He was picked as the seventeenth best boyband member in history by The Guardian. From January to May 2018, Jimin won the monthly Peeper x Billboard Award for "Top K-Pop Artist – Individual". Peeper x Billboard is a collaboration between the Peeper social media app and Billboard Korea, where it collects fan votes for their favorite K-pop artists and announces monthly winners. The prize was a donation to the charity UNICEF in his name.

In 2019, he received a plaque of appreciation from the Cultural Conservation Society for performing buchaechum, a traditional Korean fan dance, during the 2018 Melon Music Awards. He received the award for helping spread the dance outside of Korea.

Discography

See also: BTS Discography

Unofficial songs

See also: Unofficial songs

Original songs

Adapted songs

Cover songs

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Note
2018 Burn The Stage: The Movie Himself Screening in select Theatres
2019 BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul Released for one day only
Bring The Soul: The Movie

Variety shows

Year Title Network Role
2014 After School Club Arirang TV Guest with RM (Ep.56)
Guest with RM and Jungkook (Ep.68,70)
2015 My Pet Clinic - Guest with J-Hope and V (Ep.6)
2016 Star King SBS Guest with RM and J-Hope (Ep.447)
God’s Workplace Guest with J-Hope (Pilot Episode)
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Guest (Ep.93)
Hello Conselor KBS2 Guest with Jin (Ep.316)
Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC Guest with Jin (Ep.152-153)
2018 PON! Nippon TV Guest with J-Hope (Episode February 7)
Tuesday Surprise Guest with J-Hope (Episode February 13)
ZIP! Guest with J-Hope (Episode February 21)

Music shows

Year Title Network Role
2016 Show! Music Core MBC Special host with Jungkook (Episode July 30)
M Countdown Mnet Special host with Jin (Ep.497)
2017 Special host with RM and J-Hope (Ep.543)

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2012 "Party(XXO)" Extra GLAM's music video
2017 "Serendipity" Himself Comeback Trailer for "Love Yourself 'Her'" album

Credits

◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer

BTS Discography

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
2 Cool 4 Skool Outro: Circle Room Cypher [9]
Unofficial song Christmas Day [10]
The Most Beautiful Moment
in Life, Part 1
Boyz with Fun [11]
Wings Blood Sweat & Tears [12]
Lie [13]
Unofficial song Promise [14]

Trivia

  • His Zodiac sign is Libra.
  • He is the shortest as well as the third youngest in the group.
  • He is 23 years old in the US age and 25 years old in the Korean age.
  • He is part of the dance line in BTS
  • He is close friends with SHINee's Taemin, EXO's Kai, Wanna One's Ha Sung Woon and HOTSHOT's Timoteo.[15]
  • When he was three years old, Lee Young-ja went to Busan for an event. She held him at the event and said that he was cute.[16]
  • It was revealed that him, Wanna One's Kang Daniel and Park Woojin were in a dance competition called Busan City Kids Vol. 2. Jimin’s team beat Woojin’s team in the semifinal, while in the final Jimin and Daniel’s teams confronted. [17]
  • What he loves most about himself are his eyes.[18]
  • During the 3rd Muster, he was featured in Suga's song, "Tony Montana".
  • He was featured in "Intro: Serendipity", being the first intro track that featured a vocal line member.
  • According to the other members, he is the one who takes more time to get ready to performances.[18]
  • He and J-Hope are the only ones who are still roommates.[19]
  • If he had to choose, his English stage name would be 'Christian Chim Chim'.[20]
  • He is known for his endearing clumsiness as well as aegyo.
  • He is dubbed a 'Cute Mochi' by fans as well as other members of the group.
  • He is extremely hard working and is easily upset if he makes mistakes onstage.
  • He is very expressive in his style of dance; the other members praise him for it.
  • He was part of the list 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2017 in the number #64.[21]
  • He was on student council throughout his school life.
  • His favorite school subjects were math and physics.
  • He can speak Korean, Japanese, and basic English.
  • He contributed to writing his solo "Lie".
  • He graduated Seoul High School of Arts as the top student from all the departments based on his outstanding dance skills as well as his exceptional academic achievements.
  • He studied contemporary dance in school.
  • He says that in 10 years he wants to be a cool artist living his best life.
  • His BT21 character is a puppy named Chimmy. He wears a yellow hoodie and his tongue is always sticking out.
  • He listens to music on cold and sunny days.
  • He learned 'popping' in 8th grade .
  • His favorite colors are light brown, purple and black.
  • His favorite number is number 13.
  • He is known as the most energetic person in the group.
  • Hisrole models are Tori Kelly and Chris Brown.
  • His favorite avenger is Hulk.
  • All members agreed that Jimin has changed and improved a lot since debut.
  • In BTS mini drama 'Flower Boys', Jimin was the Physical Education teacher.
  • He unknowingly once spent over 7 hours straight playing on his phone. (Burn The Stage EP.3)
  • The members have said Jimin is the scariest when he's angry or irritated.
  • He had three choices of stage names; which were 'Baby J', 'Baby G', and 'Young Kid'. However, he decided that his real name suited him best and used it.
  • He likes sour things. (i.e lemons, lemon juice, etc..)
  • When asked what his favorite hair color, Jimin says he likes every hair colour he's tried so far and they are all unique in their own way. (Buzzfeed Interview 2018)
  • His ideal type are girls that are nice, cute, charming, and must be smaller than him.
  • Jimin, along with Jin, Jungkook, and V were voted as one of the Asian Heartthrobs of 2018, earning him a spot at #33.
  • He was named one of the "Precious Yet Powerful" Idols that prove duality man undoubtedly exists. Article
  • His Spotify playlist is called  Jimin’s JOAH? JOAH!.
  • He was valedictorian in his pre-debut years (hightest ranked student aka no.1 overall) and he was class president for 9 years.
  • Once he wrote some lyrics and gave them to Suga. Suga said: “You called these lyrics?!” (the lyrics sounded like a children song). Suga asked him to redo the lyrics, but in the end he still couldn’t use Jimin’s lyrics.
  • If he’d get a day off, Jimin jokingly said he wants to go on a date with Jungkook while holding hands together. And when Jungkook talked about his wishes, Jimin shouted: “Live happily together with me!” -MCD Backstage 140425-
  • He appeared in GLAM’s MV Party (XXO).
  • Hobbies: Getting beaten up[22], reading books/novels and staying on his phone for hours, relaxing and hanging out with friends.
  • Motto : Let’s keep trying till we can’t do it any more.[23]
  • Things he likes (3 things): Jeonggukkie, performing, receiving attention.[24]
  • Things he dislikes (3 things): V, Jin, Suga.[25]
  • His “Fake Love” fancam already reach 29.3 million on Youtube, which is the most viewed fancam in Kpop.
  • Has a total of 5 ear piercings. (2 on the right, and 3 on the left)


References

  1. Jimin Earned The Nickname “Mochi” For Doing This For Years
  2. "“Manggaetteok” belonged to Jimin and he explained that during their early debut days, he had a lot of fat on his cheeks so fans gave him the nickname because they said he looked like a manggaetteok." from Soompi
  3. Jimin's profile on BTS Official Website
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jimin's Profile on Naver
  5. Jimin's profile on BTS Japan Official Fanclub [1]
  6. Jimin listed with a label in LEON Entertainment
  7. "Busan’s Hoedong Elementary School, where Jimin attended as a child[...]" from Soompi
  8. BTS V-Jimin And NU'EST Ren, Graduating From Korea Art School Today
  9. Information of the Song "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" on Melon
  10. Bangtan Blog Post
  11. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  12. FESTA 2017 BTS (방탄소년단) 꿀 FM 06.13 Happy BTS birthday (41:40) – via YouTube.
  13. Information of the Song "Lie" on Melon
  14. Track Info of "Promise" on Genius
  15. Taemin Talks About Designing Matching Parkas With His Group Of Close Friends
  16. BTS’s Jimin Reveals An Old Connection With Lee Young Ja That Surprises Everyone
  17. BTS’s Jimin, Produce 101’s Kang Daniel and Park Woojin Spotted In Same Dance Competition
  18. 18.0 18.1 BTS Answers Fans' Most Asked Questions – via YouTube.
  19. Here’s Why J-Hope And Jimin Are The Only BTS Members Who Share A Room
  20. We caught up with BTS backstage before their second sold-out show at the Prudential Center to ask them some questions about their tour, music, and English stage names! – via Facebook.
  21. Korean Stars On The 100 Most Handsome Faces Of 2017 List
  22. (Profile written by Jimin)
  23. (Profile written by Jimin)
  24. (Profile written by Jimin)
  25. (Profile written by Jimin)

Gallery

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BTS
RM | Jin | Suga | J-Hope | Jimin | V | Jungkook
Discography
Korean
Studio albums Dark & Wild | Wings (You Never Walk Alone) | Love Yourself: Tear
Mini albums O!RUL8,2? | Skool Luv Affair (Skool Luv Affair Special Addition) | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 | Love Yourself: Her | Map of the Soul: Persona
Compilation albums The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever | Love Yourself: Answer
Single album 2 Cool 4 Skool
Soundtrack album BTS World: Original Soundtrack
Digital singles Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh) | Come Back Home | FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix) | Dream Glow | A Brand New Day | All Night
Collaborations Ashes | Love U, Hate U | Bad Girl | Because I'm a Foolish Woman | Song To Make You Smile
Other releases With Seoul
Unofficial songs
A Typical Trainee's Christmas | Born Singer | So 4 More | We Are Bulletproof Pt. 1 | Perfect Man | Young Forever (Unplugged Ver.) | Rainism | As I Told You | Class Idea | Without A Heart | Spring Day (Brit Rock Remix) | Seesaw x I Need U Remix
Japanese
Studio albums Wake Up | Youth | Face Yourself
Compilation albums 2 Cool 4 Skool / O!RUL8,2? | The Best of BTS -Korea Edition- | The Best of BTS -Japan Edition-
Singles No More Dream | Boy In Luv | Danger | For You | I Need U | Run | Blood Sweat & Tears | MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow | FAKE LOVE/Airplane Pt.2 | Lights/Boy With Luv
Chinese
Digital singles Boy In Luv
English
Digital singles MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Feat. Desiigner) | Waste It On Me | Waste It On Me (Slushii Remix) | Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix) | Waste It On Me (W&W Remix) | Waste It On Me (Steve Aoki The Bold Tender Sneeze Remix)
Mixtapes
RM RM | Mono
Suga (Agust D) Agust D
J-Hope Hope World
Solo songs (Official)
RM Blue Bloods | Perfect Christmas | Monterlude | Unpack Your Bags | P.D.D | Buckubucku | ProMeTheUs | Fantastic | U | I Know | Always | Change | Gajah | 4 O'CLOCK | Champion (Remix) | DDaeng | Timeless | Crying Over You ◐
Jin Awake (Christmas Ver.) | It’s Definitely You
Suga DDaeng | Song Request
J-Hope Animal | DDaeng
Jimin Promise
V It’s Definitely You | 4 O'CLOCK | Scenery
Jungkook Perfect Christmas | One Dream One Korea (Original Ver.) | I'm in Love | I Know
Concerts
Concerts &
Worlds Tours

Concerts: BTS Live Trilogy Episode I: BTS Begins (2015)
World Tours: BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet (2014) | BTS's First Japan Tour-Wake Up: Open Your Eyes (2015) | BTS Live The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage (2015) | BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour (2017) | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself (2018)

Events

South Korea: BTS 1st Fan Meeting: Muster (2014) | BTS 2nd Muster: ZIP CODE : 22920 (2016) | BTS 3rd Muster: ARMY.ZIP + (2016) | BTS 4th Muster: Happy Ever After (2018) | BTS 5th Muster: Magic Shop (2019)
Japan: BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.1 (2014) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.2 -Undercover Mission- (2015) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.3 ~Reaching You~ (2016) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.4 ~Happy Ever After~ (2018)
Others: HAPPY BTS DAY PARTY (2016) | BTS HOME PARTY (2017) | BTS PROM PARTY -RE;VIEW & PRE;VIEW- (2018)

Others
Other

List of Awards and Nominations | Sales and certifications | List of Records Set and Broken | Studios | BTS Festa | UNIVERSTAR BT21 | Sub Units

Videography

Films: Burn The Stage: The Movie | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul | Bring The Soul: The Movie
Television: Rookie King: Channel Bangtan | BTS American Hustle Life |Problematic Men | BTS Comeback Show | BTS Countdown
Variety shows online: BTS GO! | BTS: Lucky Draw | Run BTS! | BTS Gayo | BTS: Bon Voyage | BTS: Burn The Stage
Drama series: Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
DVDs: BTS Now | Season's Greetings | BTS Memories | Summer Package
Games: SuperStar BTS | Puzzle Star BT21 | BTS World
Others: Bangtan Log | BTS Episode | Bangtan Bomb | BTS Live | Eat Jin | Hope On The Street | Hwagae Market | G.C.F

BTS Universe
Eras

School Trilogy | Youth Trilogy | Wings | Love Yourself | Map of the Soul

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