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From left to right: Jackson, Youngjae, JB, Junior, Yugyeom, Mark, Bambam
Got7 (Korean: 갓세븐; romanized as Gatsebeun; stylized as GOT7) is a hip hop K-popboy group based in South Korea. Formed by JYP Entertainment in 16 January 2014, Got7 has seven members: leader JB, Mark, Jr., Jackson, Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom. The group is multinational with members hailing from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United States. Two of the members, JB and Jr., originally debuted as the pop duo JJ Project in 2012.
Their debut EP, Got It?, was released four days later. On October 22, 2014, they debuted in Japan with the release of their first Japanese single, "Around the World".
Alongside their label mate 5Live, Mark, Jackson, Bambam, and Yugyeom made their first appearance on the 4th episode of Mnet's reality-survival program Who is Next: WIN, which aired on September 6, 2013.
2014: Debut with Got It?, Got Love and Identify
The group dropped their first EPGot It? on January 20, 2014. The album shot up to the number 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums chart and was number 2 on Gaon Album Chart. got7 made their official debut stage on January 16, 2014 through Mnet's M! Countdown, performing their debut single "Girls Girls Girls."
On June 10, 2015 the group released their 2nd Japanese single Love Train. The single debuted at #4 on Oricon's singles charts and 1st on Japanese ringtone chart Recochoku. Got7 also held 'Love Train' fan meetings at Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.
The group released their 3rd mini album "Just Right" on July 13, 2015, as well as the music video for its title song "Just Right". The "Just Right" music video received 1,000,000+ views within 12 hours.
Mark Tuan was born on September 4, 1993 in LA, and is an American citizen of Taiwanese descent. When he was younger he lived in Brazil, and Paraguay, before his family moved back to the USA. He was cast in the States in 2010 and came to train in Korea.
JB (Im Jae-bum; Hangul: 임재범) was born on January 6, 1994. JB, along with fellow GOT7 member Junior, successfully auditioned together for JYP Entertainment in 2009. Before debuting with GOT7, JB and Junior also debuted together as the duo JJ Project. JB was given the stage name "JB" due to him sharing the same name as Im Jae-bum a famous senior singer.
Jackson Wang was born on March 28, 1994. Jackson is a native of Hong Kong and is a former member of the country's national fencing team. In 2011, he earned two gold medals at the Asian Junior Olympics in Thailand. He claimed that earning a gold medal was one of his parents' requirements for allowing him to train in Korea. Jackson speaks four languages proficiently; Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Korean.
Junior (Park Jin-young; Hangul: 박진영) was born on September 22, 1994. Junior, along with Got7's group leader JB, successfully auditioned together for JYP Entertainment in 2009. He also previously debuted with JB as a member of JJ Project. He was given the stage name Jr. as his real name, Park Jinyoung, is also the name of JYPE's founder and CEO. As of May 5, 2015, Jr. officially changed his stage name to Junior.
Choi Youngjae (Hangul: 최영재) was born on September 17, 1996. After passing an audition at his gifted music school in Mokpo, he entered the JYP training system. Youngjae was a trainee for just seven months.
BamBam (Kunpimook Bhuwakul; Thai: กันต์พิมุกต์ ภูวกุล) was born on May 2, 1997. Bambam is from Bangkok, Thailand and was cast at a young age and sent to train in Korea. His mother is a big fan of K-pop, and owns a Korean restaurant in Bangkok.
Kim Yugyeom (Hangul: 김유겸) was born on November 17, 1997 and is the youngest member of the group. He started attending a dance school in the seventh grade which led him to the opportunity to audition for JYP.