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Jung Kook


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October 29, 2023

Jeon Jung-kook, mononymously known as Jungkook, is a name that reverberates beyond the boundaries of South Korea, reaching the ears of millions of fans worldwide. Born on September 1, 1997, in Busan, South Korea, Jungkook's life is a testament to the power of talent, hard work, and an unyielding will to succeed. His journey began in the coastal city of Busan, where he was born to Mrs. Kook, a realtor by profession. He has one elder brother, Jeon Jung-Hyung, and together they form the immediate family that has been the backbone of Jungkook's life and career.

Jungkook's educational journey started at Baekyang Elementary and Middle School in Busan. However, destiny had other plans for him. When he became a trainee, he transferred to Singu Middle School in Seoul, the capital city that would later become the launchpad of his stellar career. His academic pursuits didn't end there. In March 2022, he graduated from Global Cyber University’s Department of Broadcasting and Entertainment, receiving the President’s Award, the institution's highest honor. This accolade was not just a testament to his academic prowess but also a symbol of the multifaceted individual he is.

At the tender age of 13, Jungkook auditioned for the TV talent show 'Superstar K.' Although he wasn't selected, this experience was far from a setback; it was a stepping stone. He received offers from eight different talent organizations, ultimately choosing Big Hit Entertainment, the company that would later form BTS, the globally successful boy band of which Jungkook is a pivotal member. He made his debut with BTS on June 12, 2013, with the release of the single '2 Cool 4 Skool.' This was just the beginning of a discography that would break records and set new standards in the music industry.

Jungkook's musical contributions to BTS are not confined to group performances. He has performed three solo songs that are part of BTS' discography. The first, "Euphoria," was released in 2018 and became an instant hit, charting on South Korea's Gaon Music Chart. The song sold over 4 million copies, making it the highest-selling B-Side track by a Korean artist. His second solo, "My Time," released in 2020, dominated in sales and the World Digital Song Sales chart, amassing over 50 million Spotify streams. Both songs are a testament to Jungkook's versatility and his ability to resonate with audiences worldwide.

Jungkook's list of awards and recognitions is extensive. In 2020, he was named the Sexiest International Man by People Magazine. In the 2019 MTV Millennial Awards, he won the Global Instagrammer Award. Together with BTS, he has won Billboard’s Top Social Artist Award three times consecutively. The Guinness World Records organization has confirmed that Jungkook, along with BTS, has broken three major records, adding another layer of credibility and recognition to his already illustrious career.

In 2022, Jungkook's international collaborations took a significant leap. He was featured on American singer Justin Bieber's single "Stay," which not only charted but also peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This was a milestone, not just for Jungkook but for K-pop, illustrating the genre's growing influence on global music charts. Later that year, he achieved another first: he became the first South Korean artist to release an official song for the Olympics. But he didn't just contribute a song; he performed it at the Opening Ceremony, an honor that speaks volumes about his international stature.

Jungkook's music often arises from the well of his real-life experiences and feelings. His songs are imbued with the raw passion of youth, characterized by fast-paced, bold music and catchy hooks. This authenticity is one of the reasons his music videos on YouTube have garnered tens of millions of views, making him a digital sensation as well.

His digital influence extends to social media, where he has set and broken records. In December 2018, a video of him singing in the studio became the most retweeted tweet in South Korea for that year. In January 2022, his first Instagram post shattered records by gaining one million likes in just two minutes. Although he later deleted his Instagram account, citing lack of use, this episode was indicative of his immense popularity online.

On October 20, 2023, Jungkook added another feather to his cap. He collaborated with Australian singer The Kid LAROI and British rapper Central Cee on a track titled "Too Much." This song was released ahead of LAROI’s debut full-length album "The First Time," slated for release in November. The collaboration was not just a fusion of musical styles but also a blend of cultures, further solidifying Jungkook's position as a global artist.

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