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Jung Kook (정국) is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, and producer under BigHit Music. He is the main vocalist and maknae of the boy group BTS.

He made his solo debut with the digital single "Seven" on July 14, 2023.

Career

Pre-debut

Jung Kook auditioned for numerous shows such as Superstar K2 when he was in seventh grade. He was signed by Big Hit Entertainment and became a part of BTS in eighth grade.[1] He also went to the United States to learn Urban style, female dancing style, powerful dances, and other choreographies.[2]

2013: Debut with BTS

He made his debut as a member of BTS on June 13, 2013 with the group's first single album "2 Cool 4 Skool".

2020-2022: "Still With You", "Stay Alive", "My You", "Left and Right", "Dreamers"

In 2020, Jung Kook released "Still With You" as part of BTS' annual debut celebrations.

"Stay Alive", a soundtrack for 7Fates: Chakho, a Webtoon based off of BTS, was released by Jung Kook in February 2022.

In June of 2022, Jung Kook released his solo single "My You", and featured on Charlie Puth's song "Left and Right".

On November 20, 2022, he released "Dreamers" as part of the soundtrack of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

2023: Solo debut with "Seven", "3D", Golden

On June 4, 2023, Sports Chosun reported that Jung Kook will be making his solo debut on July 14. Hours later, Big Hit responded to the reports and stated that an announcement will be made soon.[3] On June 30, it was announced that Jung Kook will be making his solo debut on July 14 with his first single album "Seven".[4]

On July 29, on an episode of Suga's Suchwita, Jung Kook revealed that he is planning to release a new single and an additionnal mini album aimed for November.[5]

On August 24, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will be releasing "Seven (Alesso Remix)" the following day.[6]

On September 24, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will release his new single album "3D" on September 29.[7]

On October 4, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will release his first English full-length album Golden on November 3.[8]

On October 10, Australian singer-songwriter and rapper The Kid Laroi announced that he will be collaborating with Jung Kook and British rapper Central Cee for the single "Too Much", which was released on October 20, ahead of his upcoming album.[9]

On October 28, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will be releasing "Seven (David Guetta Remix)" and "3D (MK Remix)" on October 30.[10]

On November 6, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will be releasing "Standing Next to You : The Remixes" later that day.[11]

2024: "Never Let Go"

On June 3, BigHit announced that Jung Kook will be releasing the digital single "Never Let Go" on June 7.[12]

Personal life

Military service

On November 22, 2023, Jung Kook personally announced through BTS's Weverse account that he will be enlisting in December.[13] He eventually enlisted on December 12.[14] He will be discharged on June 11, 2025.[citation needed]

Discography

Korean

Digital singles

Collaborations

OSTs

Features

Other releases

  • "I Know" (with RM) (2016)

English

Studio albums

Digital singles

  • "Seven" (2023)
  • "Seven (Weekday Ver.)" (2023)
  • "Seven (Weekend Ver.)" (2023)
  • "3D" (2023)
  • "Never Let Go" (2024)

Remix singles

Collaborations

Features

OSTs

Producing and writing credits

  • All credits adapted from KOMCA, unless stated.[15]
Artist Song Album Type
2013
BTS "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2" 2 Cool 4 Skool Writing
"No More Dream"
"Outro: Circle Room Cypher"
2015
BTS "Outro: Love is Not Over" The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 1 Writing
Composing
Producing
"Run" The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 2 Writing
Composing
"Autumn Leaves"
2016
BTS "Love Is Not Over (Full length edition)" The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever Writing
Composing
Producing
"Run (Ballad mix)" Writing
Composing
"Run (Alternative mix)"
"Introduction: Youth" Youth
2018
BTS "Magic Shop" Love Yourself: Tear Writing
Composing
Producing
2020
BTS "My Time" Map of the Soul : 7 Writing
Composing
Jung Kook (Himself) "Still With You" N/A Writing
Composing
Producing
BTS "Your Eyes Tell" Map of the Soul : 7 ~ The Journey ~ Writing
Composing
"Outro: The Journey"
"In The Soop" N/A
"Skit" Be
"Telepathy"
"Stay"
2021
BTS "Film Out" BTS, The Best Composing

Concerts

  • Jung Kook "Golden" Live On Stage (2023)[16]

Filmography

Variety shows

  • Flower Crew (SBS, 2016) - Episode 1
  • Celebrity Bromance (MBig TV, 2016) - (Episodes 35–39)

Music video appearances

Endorsements

On March 28, 2023, Calvin Klein announced Jungkook as their newest global ambassador.[17]

  • Calvin Klein (2023)

Trivia

  • His Zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • His favorite colors are red, black and white.
  • His favorite number is number 1.
  • In 10 years, he wants to be an owner of a duck meat restaurant or be a tattooist.
  • His role model is G-Dragon from BIGBANG.
  • One of his favorite artists is Zion.T.
  • He began learning how to play the guitar after seeing Justin Bieber.
  • He does not like any subjects other than Physical Education, Art, and Music Class.
  • He was the 5th member to be added to BTS (before V).
  • He graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul (SOPA) on February 7, 2017.[18]
  • He has an older brother named Jeon Jung-hyun.[19]
  • He loves playing games, drawing, and soccer.
  • He has a black belt in Taekwondo.[20]
  • He is a big fan of Iron Man.
  • His MBTI personality type is INFP.[21]
  • He likes to draw. He is also the most gifted in drawing in the group.
  • He left for Los Angeles in 2012 to train in a famous dance academy.
  • He did a cover of the title "Young, Wild and Free" by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa with J-Hope and Jimin.
  • His ideal type of girl is a girl who is at least 1m68 but is shorter than him, who is a good wife, a good cook, who is intelligent, who has beautiful legs and who is pleasant.
  • He tends to sniff and wiggle his fingers.
  • He is called Golden Maknae because he is gifted in everything whether it is dance, song, rap, or sport.[22]
  • Jung Kook is the most appreciated member of the group. All the members of the group adore and pamper him.
  • Jimin's dream would be to go on a trip with Jung Kook. But he prefers to go on a trip with his own brother. Jung Kook says that Jimin loves him even more than his own brother loves him.
  • In 10 years, he sees himself as the owner of a duck meat restaurant or as a tattoo artist.
  • He often trains himself to compose and write. He would like to be able to offer songs as good as those of his hyungs (RM, Suga and J-Hope).
  • Jung Kook would like to have the positive spirit of J-Hope, the perseverance of Jimin and the broad shoulders of Jin.
  • He claims to be addicted to music. He always has his headphones in his ears.
  • The agency had considered Seagull and Young Gun as the stage name for him. But they finally realized that Jung Kook was better.[23]
  • He learned breakdancing in 5th grade.
  • He thinks that as a maknae his advantage is to be able to act childishly.
  • He thinks he behaves badly as a maknae because he is very close to the other members and they all tease each other like friends so he sometimes lets himself go.
  • Sometimes when Jin talks about his childhood, he really feels the age difference between them (5 years) and doesn't understand everything he says.
  • If he was a girl and had to go out with one of the members it would be Jin.
  • His room is the most messy.
  • RM quickly notices when he's not doing well. He is the one to whom he confides the most.
  • The first time he listened to a song by G-Dragon, he changed his dream and wanted to become an artist.[24]
  • Before, his dream was to become a badminton player.[24]
  • Jung Kook exercises his voice, his abs and runs every day.
  • If Jung Kook had a girlfriend, he would have liked to travel with her.
  • Jung Kook is a fan of the group EXO. His favorite member is D.O..
  • He likes to call Jimin "little".
  • His ideal femininity type is the artist IU.
  • He's been driving since he was 20, when he passed the test to get his driver's license.[25]
  • He is a huge fan of Japanese anime: one of his favorite anime characters is Tobio Kageyama (one of the two protagonists of the popular Shōnen anime series Haikyū!!).[26]
  • He really likes mint chocolate (in one of his lives in 2021 he declared himself part of the mint chocolate fan club).[27]

Gallery

Main article: Jung Kook/Gallery

Notes

  1. Originally released only on SoundCloud
  2. Originally released only on SoundCloud and YouTube

References

  1. Soompi: Watch: BTS’s Jungkook Talks About Why He Chose Big Hit Entertainment After “Superstar K3” Audition
  2. Koreaboo: Jungkook’s Predebut Adventure In LA Blog Has Resurfaced (10+ Photos)
  3. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook Reported To Be Releasing 1st Solo Album In July + BIGHIT Responds
  4. @bts_bighit on Twitter (June 30, 2023)
  5. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook Reveals Plans To Release New Single And Mini Album By November
  6. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook To Team Up With Alesso For New Remix Of “Seven”
  7. Soompi: Watch: BTS’s Jungkook Drops 1st Teasers For New Solo Single “3D” Featuring Jack Harlow
  8. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook Announces November Comeback With 1st Solo Album “GOLDEN”
  9. Soompi: Watch: BTS’s Jungkook To Team Up With The Kid LAROI And Central Cee For New Collab
  10. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook To Collaborate With David Guetta And MK For New Remixes Of “Seven” And “3D”
  11. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook Announces New Remix Album For “Standing Next To You”
  12. Soompi: BTS's Jungkook To Release New Song "Never Let Go" This Week
  13. BTS on Weverse (November 22, 2023)
  14. Soompi: Jimin And Jungkook Become Final BTS Members To Enlist With Warm Send-Off From J-Hope And Suga
  15. KOMCA: Searching Works (search 10005242 under Writers & Publishers)
  16. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook Announces “‘GOLDEN’ Live On Stage” Concert
  17. Soompi: Watch: BTS’s Jungkook Named Global Ambassador For Calvin Klein Jeans And Underwear
  18. Soompi: BTS’s Jungkook, GFRIEND’s SinB And Umji, And More Graduate From High School
  19. Koreaboo: Meet The Hot Siblings Of All The BTS Members
  20. Koreaboo: BTS’s Jungkook Is On His Way To Becoming An Action Movie Star
  21. Allkpop: K-Pop Idols Who Have Revealed Their MBTI
  22. Soompi: 7 Times Jungkook Truly Proved He Is BTS’s Golden Maknae
  23. Soompi: BTS’s Jimin and Jungkook Reveal What Their Stage Names Could Have Been
  24. 24.0 24.1 Newsen (KR): (뮤직와치)‘슈스케 통편집→메인 작곡돌’ 방탄 황금막내 정국, 놀라운 성장史
  25. Koreaboo: Here Are 5 Random Facts You Didn’t Know About BTS’s “Golden Maknae” Jungkook
  26. Koreaboo: BTS’s Jungkook Has A Favorite “Haikyuu!!” Character… And It’s His Anime Lookalike
  27. Koreaboo: A Few Of The (Subjectively) Questionable Foods BTS’s Jungkook Likes
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