JB (South Korean musician)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Im.
JB
Native name 임재범
林宰範
Birth name Im Jae Bum
Also known as J.B
Born (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 20)
Origin South Korea
Genres K-Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Dancer, Actor, MC
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2012-present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts Jr., JYP Nation, JJ Project, Got7
Birth name
Hangul 임재범
Hanja
Revised Romanization Im Jae-beom
McCune–Reischauer Im Chae-bŏm

Im Jae Bum (Hangul: 임재범; Hanja:林宰範; born January 6, 1994), commonly known by his stage name JB is a South Korean singer and leader of the hip-hop group Got7 under JYP Entertainment.

Biography[edit]

JB was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 6, 1994. He was scouted by JYP Entertainment from JYP Trainee Open Recruitment 5th Audition where he tied in first place with Jr. He then underwent training for 2 years and 6 months before his debut. Official statement made by JYP explained that a new group will be made during the second half of 2012, which includes Jr. and JB, rumored to be call J&J. The JJ Project debuted on May 20, 2012.

On 24 December 2013, it was revealed that JB would be part of the new hip-hop group, Got7.[1]

He attended Sewon High School. He attended Konkuk University at 2013.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

In 2011, JB was cast in a lead role (as JB / Jang Woo-jae) with Kang So-ra, Jinwoon, Jiyeon, Hyorin and Park Seo-joon[2] in the drama entitled Dream High 2. The drama will begin broadcast in January 30, 2012 on KBS.[3]

On February 3, 2012 it was revealed that JB and Jr. from Dream High 2 will debut as boy band JJ Project sometime during the second half of 2012 through JYP Entertainment. Both became JYP trainees after they tied for first at the 5th JYP Open Auditions in 2009. Their recent appearances in Dream High 2 have placed them in the media spotlight, allowing them to officially launch their singing activities.[4]

On March 12, 2012 he released his OSTs for KBS's Dream High 2 "Together" with Jiyeon[5] and "New Dreaming" with Park Seo-joon[6]

Debut[edit]

On May 7, JYP Entertainment has revealed a teaser video for the 1st Single Album “Slot Machine”.[7] On May 19, 2012, the music video for "Bounce" was released and the duo debuted their promotions for "Bounce" on M! Countdown on May 24, 2012.

2013: When a Man Falls in Love[edit]

On March 11, 2013, it was announced that JB would be appearing as Seo Mi Joon on MBC's new drama When a Man Falls in Love.[8] It was reported later that Jr. would also join the cast and will be playing the role of Ddol Yi, a part-time worker at Han Tae Sang (Song Seung Hun‘s character)’s mother’s store.[9] This would be the second time both members of JJ Project was cast into the same drama since Dream High 2.

2014: Got7 debut[edit]

On January 16, 2014, JYP Entertainment debuted their new 7-member boy group, GOT7. JB is assigned to be the group's leader. The group consists of both JJ Project members, JB and Jr., Mark, Jackson, Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom. When they became a guest for a radio program, KBS's Kiss The Radio, which is hosted by Super Junior's Ryeowook, JB and Jr. said that even though now both of them are members of the group, they are still continuing to be the members of JJ Project, noting that JJ Project and Got7 are two separate groups, not a sub-unit.

Filmography[edit]

TV Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2012 Dream High 2 JB/Jang Woo Jae KBS2
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Seo Mi-Jun MBC

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title TV Network Note
2012 MTV Diary SBS MTV JJ Project
The Romantic & Idol tvN
2014 After School Club Arirang With Got7 Episode 41
Star King SBS With Mark, Jackson, Youngjae Episode 355
1000 Song Challenge SBS With Jr., Jackson, Youngjae Episode 289
Immortal Song 2 KBS With Got7
I GOT7 SBS MTV With Got7 Additional broadcasting on Youku & Tudou (Chinese)
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1 With Got7 Episode 146
A Song for You KBS With Got7
4 Things Show Mnet Episode 9
1 vs. 100 KBS2 With Jr.
Star King SBS With Mark, Jackson, Jr. Episode 372, 373
M!Countdown Begins Open Studio Mnet With Got7
King of Ratings KBS With Got7 140719

Discography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Show title Album Song Duration Notes
2012 Dream High 2 Dream High 2 OST "Together" 4:19 With Jiyeon
2012 Dream High 2 Dream High 2 OST "New Dreaming" 3:05 With Park Seo Joon

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