Jo Kwon

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Jo Kwon
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Background information
Birth name Jo Kwon (조권)
Born (1989-08-28) August 28, 1989 (age 25)
Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer, entertainer, actor, MC
Instruments Vocal, piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts 2AM 2PM JYP Nation One Day
Jo Kwon
Hangul 조권
Hanja 趙權
Revised Romanization Jo Gwon
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kwŏn

Jo Kwon (Hangul: 조권, born on August 28, 1989)[1] is a South Korean singer, MC, actor, entertainer and leader of boy band 2AM.


Jo Kwon, formerly known as Sacre Bleu, trained at JYP Entertainment 7 years after joining the company. He was chosen as the last member of Park Jin Young's "99% Challenge Project" along with Sun-ye of Wonder Girls.[2]

In 2008, he appeared on MNET's Hot Blood. The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees go through to acquire the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group or a 7-member dance group.[3] After several elimination steps, Kwon was chosen for a position in the 4-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group's leader.


Main article: 2AM (band)

2AM's first single "This Song" released on July 21, 2008. It debuted on July 11, 2008, performing "이 노래" ("This Song").[4]


As of 2013 Jo Kwon was attending Kyung Hee University.[5] He entered Kyung Hee University without taking the entrance examination, with rumors alleging favouritism, because Kwon was an entertainer. The rumors were refuted by his performance at the top of his class in his major.[6]

Solo Contributions[edit]


Kwon appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as "Star King". He was part of "Dirty Eyed Girls" on an episode of 2PM's variety show "Wild Bunny", performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular.[7] In September 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS's environmental variety show "Find it! Green Gold" with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and former Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jaebeom on historical culture variety show Nodaji after Jaebeom withdrew from 2PM and went back to the United States where his parents lived.

He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. Although they were initially only supposed to be featured in the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, so they were announced as a permanent couple.[8] Kwon was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009 causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.[2]

In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2.[9] He was also acting in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min Sun, Kim Gab Soo and fellow idol and 'wife' Ga-In from Brown Eyed Girls. He made his fifth appearance on the TV show "Happy Together" on June 2012. Also, he made several appearances on Star King, Invincible Youth S2, Come To Play, Radio Star, Star Dance Battle, and many other shows. He is known for his "kkab" dance and often danced on variety shows. "Kkab" can be translated as hyperactive.

On February 27, 2013, Jo Kwon was confirmed as one of the cast for KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, played by Kim Hye Soo and the work and relationships that surround her. Kwon appeared as worker Kye Kyung Woo, shedding his ′kkap′ character.[10]


He sang with Jinwoon in May Doni's "몰라-ing" ("Molla-ing"), as well as a duet with Changmin titled "졸업" ("Graduation") on February 5, 2009, and Baek Ji-young's "밤새도록" ("All Night") on her 7th album Sensibility. He featured in Lee Seung-hwan's Special Album "Hwantastic" with the song "덩크슛" ("Dunk Shoot"), a duet with Whale (from W&Whale), and also featured in the music video in September 2009.[11]

He released a digital single "우리 사랑하게 됐어요" ("We Fell in Love") on December 16, 2009, a duet with Ga-in,[12] which topped variety online music charts and won two awards on Music Bank's K-Charts and the "Most Popular Background Phone Music" on the Gaon Charts.[13] 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding Haiti's earthquake.[14] For these efforts, Kwon was given an award at the 3rd Korea Sharing Awards ceremony.[15]

He participated in Wax's repackaged album Unplugged Side A. He sang on the duet titled, "이별이야기" ("Farewell Song"), released on March 24, 2010.[16]

On June 30, 2010, Kwon released his first solo digital single titled, "고백하던 날" ("The Day I Confessed"), a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast for Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after its release.[17] In August 2010, he sang a duet with Lim Jeong Hee titled, 'On the way to break up' and even starred in Lim Jeong Hee's music video, 'It would never be real.'

On June 25, 2012, Jo Kwon released his solo album, "I'm Da One", with a music video.[18]

In 2013 Kwon joined the cast of a Korean Jesus Christ Superstar musical production, where he played the role of King Herod.[19] Jo Kwon was also featured in Bestie's "Pitapat" music video.[20]


Variety show[edit]

Year Title Note Role TV network
2009 Sang Sang Plus Himself KBS2
The Teacher is Coming Episode 29 Guest (with Im Seulong) MBC
Star King Guest SBS
Strong Heart Episode 3 Guest SBS
World Changing Quiz Show Episodes 22-3, 30, 34, 38 Guest MBC
We Got Married Season 2 (60 episodes) Himself (starring role) MBC
2010 Family Outing 2 (Season 2) Member[clarification needed] SBS
Star Golden Bell Guest KBS2
MBC Fantasy Couple Guest MBC
Shin PD Guest with 2AM SBS
Star King Episode 147-149, 152-158, 162, 177, 179, 184 Himself SBS
Running Man Episode 7 Guest SBS
Challenge 1000 Songs Guest SBS
Come To Play Guest MBC
Star Dance Battle
Intimate Note SBS
Radio Star Episode 171 Guest (with Lee Changmin) MBC
Sweet Night Episode 8 Guest KBS
Win Win Episode 10 MC KBS
2011 Star King Episode 185 Guest SBS
Strong Heart Episodes 61-62 Guest SBS
Radio Star Episode 257 Guest MBC
2012 Strong Heart Episodes 137-138 Himself SBS
Crisis Escape no.1 Himself KBS2
World Changing Quiz Show Episode 146, 165 Guest (Ep. 146), MC (Ep. 165) MBC
Invincible Youth Episodes 17, 31 Guest KBS2
You and I Episode 10 Himself SBS
Win Win Episode 103 (Guest: Beast) MC KBS
Go Show Episode 11 Guest SBS
We Got Married MC MBC
Birth of Family Guest SBS
2013 Magic Concert Episodes 10, 14 Guest (with Jeong Jinwoon) MBC
Story Show Hwasubun Episode 1 Appeared with Jeong Jinwoon MBC
World Changing Quiz Show Episodes 184 MC MBC
Barefoot Friends Episode 12 & 13 - Idols Diving Competition Guest - Appeared with 2PM's Nichkhun, Taecyeon, and Junho SBS
A Song For You Season 2 - 16 Episodes (23.08.2013-10.01.2014) MC KBS World
2014 I★GOT7 Episode 09 & 10 Guest SBS
I'm Going To School Episode 06 - 09 Himself JTBC
MBC Human Documentary 'Good People' 140913 Himself MBC
Magic Eye 140916 Guest SBS
Abnormal Summit Episode 12 Guest JTBC
2015 A Song for You season 3 Episode 16 Guest with 2AM KBS
Mystery Singer Episode 01 Himself MBC
Kstyle Season 3 Episode 08 Himself Channel M
How to eat and live well 150301 and 150308 Guest with Jeong Jinwoon SBS
4 Naked Show Episode 10 Guest for Son Gain Mnet
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 Guest KBS

Television drama[edit]

Year Drama title Role
2010 - 2011 All My Love (MBC) Hwang Ok-yub
2013 The Dramatic "Flower Boys Coorporation" (MBC) Jo Kwon
2013 Queen of the Office (KBS) Kye Kyung-woo

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 Jesus Christ Superstar King Herod
2014 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Adam


Year Title Channel Note
2014 MBC C-Radio Idol True Colours MBC C-Radio Ep 25 - Guest
SBS K.Will's Youngstreet Radio SBS Power FM Christmas Special DJ with Min (Miss A)
2015 SBS Power Radio SBS Power FM Lunar New Year Special


Main article: 2AM discography

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
2012 "I'm Da One"[21] 1[22] -

Digital Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "졸업 (Graduation)" (with Changmin) "졸업 (Graduation)" (Digital Single)
"덩크슛 (Dunk Shoot)" (Whale - W & Whale) "환타스틱 프로젝트 Vol. 2

(Hwantastic Project Vol. 2)" (Digital Single)

"우리 사랑하게 됐어요(We Fell In Love)"

(with Gain - Brown Eyed Girls)

"우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell In Love)"

(Digital Single)

2010 "고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed)" "고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed)"

(Digital Single)


Year Song Title Album
2008 Baek Ji-young - "밤새도록 (All Night)" Sensibility
2009 May Doni - "몰라-ing (Molla-ing)" (with Jinwoon) 7 Teen
2010 Wax - "이별 이야기 (Farewell Story)" Wax Unplugged Side A
Lim Jeonghee - "헤어지러 가는 길 (On the Way to Breakup)" 진짜일 리 없어 (It Can't Be Real)
2013 "Perfect Christmas" (with Lim Jeonghee, Joo Hee of 8eight, Rap Monster & Jungkook of Bangtan Boys) -
2014 "One Summer Night" (Korean & English Ver.) (with Fei (Miss A)) Temptation OST Part 3
"Q&A"(with Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)) Truth or Dare
"Suddenly" (with Yerin (15&)) and Jun. K (2PM)) JYP Nation Korea 2014 ‘One Mic’

Awards and nominations[edit]

2AM's Awards and Nominations[edit]

Jo Kwon's Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (December) We Fell in Love (with Ga-in) Won
2010 Song of the Month (January) Won
Gaon Chart Grand Opening Awards[24] January Week 1 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 2 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 3 Digital Chart Overall #1 Won
January Week 4 Ringback tone #1 Won
4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Most Influential Top 20 Stars Jo Kwon Won
3rd Korea Sharing Awards The National Assembly standing Committee's Chairman Award[25] Won
Melon Music Awards Song of the Year We Fell In Love (with Ga-in) Nominated
Netizen Popularity Song Nominated
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration[26] Won
Bugs Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Duet (Gold) Won
Best Variety Star (Bronze) We Got Married Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Show, Variety Male Rookie Award[27] We Got Married Won
Best Couple Award with Ga-in[27] Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Variety New Star Award Inkigayo Won
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Comedy / Sitcom Popularity Award All My Love Won

Music Programs[edit]

These are collection of Jo Kwon wins on Korea's televised music show. Music Bank is aired on KBS.

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 January 15 "We Fell in Love" (with Gain)
January 22
2012 July 6 "I'm Da One" (feat. Zion.T)


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