JJ Project

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Not to be confused with The J&J Project .
JJ Project
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–present (present)
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts Got7, JYP Nation
Past members

JJ Project (Korean: 제이제이 프로젝트) is a South Korean pop duo consisting of JB and Jr. They were formed by JYP Entertainment and released their first single "Bounce" in May 2012. The duo went on hiatus in 2013, and in January 2014, they debuted as members of the hip hop boy group GOT7.

Career History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

In 2009, JB and Jr. individually auditioned for JYP Entertainment. With their exceptional dance skills and good looks, they tied the 5th Open auditions as the overall winners and later became trainees under JYP Entertainment. During their trainees days, JB and Jr. appeared in San E's "Tasty San" music video.

In 2012, both of them got a role on the KBS drama Dream High 2, the sequel to the 2011 hit drama Dream High. On February 3, it was announced that JB and Jr. would debut officially as a boy band sometime during the second half of 2012.[1]

2012: Debut with Bounce and JYP Nation concert[edit]

On May 8, JYP Entertainment launched a new website for the “JJ Project” along with an official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. A teaser video called "JJ Project Slot Machine" was also released. Although no official statement has been made, many people assume that JJ stands for JB and Jr.[2] It was later revealed that JJ Project is indeed composed of JB and Jr.[3][4] On May 9, another video teaser entitled, "JYP 007" was uploaded through JJ Project's official YouTube account. It shows J.Y. Park as he opens a briefcase that he had placed on the table, revealing an envelope titled "JYP New Project'. J.Y Park then opens the envelope revealing an iPad, showing a new project group that he was working on.[5] On May 13, JYP Entertainment released another teaser video entitled, "Time 2 JJ". The teaser didn't show the faces of either of the members from the duo but showed the duo's wardrobe choices.[6]

On May 14, the album cover and full track listing of their debut album "Bounce" was revealed and the album was set to release on May 20, 2012.[7] Teaser photos for JJ Project was revealed on May 15 through JYP Entertainment's official Twitter account.[8]

On May 17, 2012, JYP Entertainment released a final teaser,[9] and on May 19, the official music video for title track "Bounce" was released through their official YouTube account.[10] The following day, their MV ranked #10 on iTunes's "Top Dance Album"[11]

The music video of Bounce gained an explosive attention online since its release and reached #4 Most Liked, #10 Most Viewed, #7 Most Discussed, and #4 Most Favorited video worldwide on YouTube. In South Korea, it ranked #1 on all four charts.[12] Their MV also reached over 1 million views in YouTube in just 2 days.[13] The duo started their promotions for "Bounce" on May 24, 2012 on Mnet's M! Countdown.[14]

On June 26, the duo was invited to record their own rendition of NaNaNa by Yoo Seung Jun to be performed on the second season of MBC's music program MM CHOICE.[15]

The duo participated at the 2012 JYP Nation in Korea on August 4 with the rest of JYP Entertainment artists. [16][17] They also participated at the JYP Nation in Japan 2012 held at Yoyogi Stadium.[18]

On August 27, it was announced that the duo would be the opening act of their senior group Wonder Girls upcoming first Asia Tour.[19]

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.[20] A few days later, it was revealed that Jr. would 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.[21]

2014 : Debut as GOT7[edit]

On January 1, 2014, it was announced that the two sole members of JJ Project would debut as part of a 7-member boy band called GOT7. Their debut song "Girls Girls Girls" was released on January 14, 2014, and has over 10 million views. [22]

Members[edit]

JJ Project[23]
Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
JB 제이비 Im Jae Bum 임재범 (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 20)
Jr. 주니어 Park Jin Young 박진영 (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 20)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Digital Singles[edit]

Filmography[edit]

TV Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2012 Dream High 2 JB as JB/Jang Woo Jae
Jr. as Jung Ui Bong
KBS2
2013 When a Man Falls in Love JB as Seo Mi Jun
Jr. as Ddol Yi
MBC

Reality Show[edit]

Year Title Channel Note
2012 MTV Diary SBS-MTV
Real JJ Project YouTube

Endorsements[edit]

JJ Project's first endorsement was for LG's teen cosmetic line, nana's B.[25] On July 2, 2012 the duo signed an exclusive endorsement contract for clothing brand, TBJ.[26] On November of the same year, the duo together with Wonder Girls' Sohee have been selected as models for Reebok‘s GL 6000 series.[27]

Concert[edit]

  • 2012 JYP Nation Concert in Seoul
  • 2012 JYP Nation Concert in Japan
  • 2012 Wonder World Concert in Singapore
  • 2012 MoA Concert in Vietnam

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 SBS MTV XDAUM BEST OF THE BEST Best New Artist[citation needed] Nominated
Philippine KPOP Awards Rookie of the Year[citation needed] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Dream High 2’s" JB and Jr. to Debut as JYP Entertainment’s Newest Boy Band J&J". Soompi. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "JB & JR to officially debut? JYP Entertainment reveals teaser for "JJ Project"". allkpop. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "JYP 새 아이돌 그룹 나온다, J&J 데뷔 앞둬". Hankooki. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "JYP 신예 2인조 JJ 멤버 공개 `드림하이2` 출신". Nate. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "JYP Entertainment reveals second teaser for "JJ Project"". allkpop. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "JYPE’s JJ Project releases new video teaser". allkpop. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "[음반] 제이제이 프로젝트 (JJ Project)". MelOn. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Teaser photos for JJ Project revealed". allkpop. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "JJ Project reveals teaser for "Bounce"". allkpop. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "JJ Project reveals MV for "Bounce"". allkpop. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "JJ Project’s "Bounce" ranks #10 on iTunes’s ‘Top Dance Albums’ chart". allkpop. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "JJ Project’s "Bounce" MV ranks high on worldwide YouTube charts". allkpop. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "JJ Project’s debut MV for "Bounce" reaches over 1 million views in two days". allkpop. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "JJ Project makes a fierce debut with "Bounce" on ‘M! Countdown’!". allkpop. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "JJ프로젝트, 유승준의 '나나나' 다시 부른다". Nate. Sports World. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "’2012 JYP Nation in Korea’ to be held on August 4th". Interpark. allkpop. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "JYP Nation successfully concludes concert in Seoul". allkpop. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "JYP Nation captivates 36,000 fans for their ‘JYP Nation in Japan 2012′ concert". allkpop. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "JJ Project to open for upcoming Wonder Girls’ Asia Tour concert in Singapore". allkpop. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "JJ Project′s JB to Appear as Shin Se Kyung′s Little Brother in ′When a Man Falls in Love′". Ko Hung Ju. CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "JJ Project’s JB to be joined by Jr. on upcoming drama ‘When A Man Loves’". allkpop. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/got7-debut-with-girls-girls-girls-mv#axzz2tFKBQfDk
  23. ^ "Got7 Profile". music.naver.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "JJ Project Music Store". Soribada. Facebook. 
  25. ^ "LG생활건강 '나나스비' 모델에 'JJ프로젝트' 발탁". Nate. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "JJ프로젝트 데뷔 두달만 광고모델 두개 대박신인 광고 잭팟". Newsen. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Sohee and JJ Project model for Reebok’s GL 6000 series". allkpop. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 

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