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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 and Yonsgan 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, graduating in 2014. Jimin is currently enrolled at Global Cyber University.
BTSOn 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 s-reamed 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 s-reamed 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.
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.
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.
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.
See also: BTS Discography
See also: Unofficial songs
- "Promise" (약속) (2018)
- "Graduation Song" (방탄소년들의 졸업) (with J-Hope and Jungkook (2013)
- "Beautiful" (with J-Hope, V and Jungkook) (2013)
- "A Typical Idol's Christmas" (흔한 아이돌의 크리스마스) (with Jin, Suga, J-Hope and V) (2013)
- "95 Graduation" (졸업송 Pt.2) (with V) (2014)
- "Christmas Day" (with Jungkook) (2014)
Live cover songs
|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|
|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)|
|2016||Show! Music Core||MBC||Special host with Jungkook (Ep.515)|
|M Countdown||Mnet||Special host with Jin (Ep.497)|
|2017||Special host with RM and J-Hope (Ep.543)|
|2012||"Party(XXO)"||Extra||GLAM's music video|
|2016||"Lie"||Park Ji-min||Wings short film #2|
|2017||"Serendipity"||Himself||Love Yourself: Her comeback trailer|
◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer
BTS and Solo Discography
|2 Cool 4 Skool||Outro: Circle Room Cypher||◯||✖||✖|||
|Unofficial song||Christmas Day||◯||✖||✖|||
|The Most Beautiful Moment|
in Life, Part 1
|Boyz with Fun||◯||◯||✖|||
|Wings||Blood Sweat & Tears||✖||◯||✖|||
|Map of the Soul: 7||Friends||◯||◯||◯|||
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