|Birth name||Park Choong-jae|
|Born||19 August 1980|
|Genres||K-pop, J-pop, Dance, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, Actor, Rapper, Dancer|
Open World Entertainment
|Revised Romanization||Bak Chung(-)jae|
Jun Jin (Hangul: 전진; Hanja: 前進, literally: "move forward") (born Park Choong-jae Hangul: 박충재; Hanja: 朴忠裁; 19 August 1980) is a South Korean singer, actor and entertainer, known as a member and rapper of six-member boy band Shinhwa. He debuted as a dancer and rapper in Shinhwa in 1998 but started singing small parts in 2002; the release of Shinhwa's 5th album. He debut as a solo artist in November 2006 with single Love Doesn't Come.
Jun Jin was the first-born child of singer Charlie Park (Hangul: 찰리박), also known as Park Young Chul (Hangul: 박영철), who debuted with a solo album Casanova Sarang in 2004. Jun Jin's birth mom left him and his two younger siblings when he was young, due to his father's wandering lifestyle. His father remarried, but the two divorced during Jun Jin's teenage years. His father's third wife proved to be a loving mother as she took care of Jun Jin like her own son. She also located Jun Jin's birth mother and reconnected the two. Although he wasn't able to see her frequently, the two did promise to keep in touch.
1998: Debut with Shinhwa
Backed by his high school friend, An Chil Hyun, Jun Jin was able to make it through the audition as a member for Shinhwa. He debuted with them as a rapper, alongside Eric Mun and Andy Lee. However, in the release of Shinhwa's fifth album Perfect Man, he began singing small parts. He would still continue to sing small parts with the release of Shinhwa's later albums until the band switched to a different label, Good Entertainment. Under Good Entertainment, Jun Jin advanced further, singing a solo song entitled "Painfully Loving You." Jun Jin soon released a single, "Sarangee Ohji Anahyo" (Love Doesn't Come), thus starting his solo career.
Jun Jin starred in the hit 2004 KBS drama "Forbidden Love" in 2004, alongside popular actress Kim Tae Hee. He also starred in various other Banjun Dramas as well. In 2009, he and the other members of Infinite Challenge appeared in an episode of MBC drama Queen of Housewives.
2006-2007: Solo artist
Jun Jin released his first single in November 2006 titled "사랑이 오지 않아요" (translated to "Love Doesn't Come"), with a total of five songs, including the title song and its instrumental. Surprisingly, he decided to go into ballad even though he is known for his strong dance skills. However, this is because ballads are popular in Korea right now; dance artists such as Baek Ji-young and even Jun Jin's own group Shinhwa have released ballads for their lead singles as well. The single did fairly well on the chart, though not a major hit. In December 2006, Jun Jin was hospitalised; although recommended to stay in the hospital, he quickly left and returned to his promotional schedule.
In early January 2007, Jun Jin filmed a music video with Taiwanese singer Linda Liao. The music video was by the Korean group, The Name, titled "It Could Be Love." He later recorded a duet with Lao, entitled "Forever" and also has a version in Mandarin. He later released a repackage version of "Love Doesn't Come," which included the duet with Lao. The repackage version fared better in sales, selling 44,724 at the end of 2007. In mid-2007, Jun Jin left his group's management company and set up his own call JF Story Entertainment  to concentrate on his solo career more. But has since been managed by Open World Entertainment.
2008-2011: Television and military service
He released his first full length solo album on 25 April 2008. Titled New Decade, the first single from the album was "Wa". The single encountered controversy when the music video was given a 19+ rating due to sexual content, in effect banning the video from major networks. On 26 April, Jun Jin held his first solo concert at Shibuya Public Hall, Tokyo. An extra show was added when the 2,500 tickets sold out in five minutes.
Jun Jin appeared variety programme Infinite Challenge firstly in April 2008 as a replacement for Haha, officially known as 'the 7th member' in June 2008. Later he joined We Got Married in early 2009 with actress Lee Shi Young as his "wife". The couple was dubbed "Gundam Couple" due to Lee Shi Young's obsession with Gundam. They officially departed from the show on May 3, 2009 due to the restructuring of the show's format.
He later released a mini album, titled Fascination. The title-track "Hey Ya" featuring Son Dam Bi and Big Tone did fairly well on the charts but a track on the mini album titled "Like A Fool" featuring his "wife" Lee Shi Young managed to fare better on the charts. The album was a mild success.
Jun Jin enlisted for mandatory military service on 22 October 2009 as a public service worker after undering four weeks of basic training Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do Province. He was discharged on 14 November 2011, after working at the Gangnam Management Corporation, managing the culture center’s fitness club and parking lot. He then participated at his agency’s 1st Open World Festival Tokyo on 26 November. Since being discharged he held the Jun Jin: The singer's Christmas Day fan meeting in Taipei on 25 December 2011.
2012-present: Shinhwa comeback
In March 2012, Jun Jin reunited with his Shinhwa band mates for their comeback after four years, under the management of 'Shinhwa Company'. It is a joint venture agency for members to perform as a group, of which Eric and Lee Min-woo are co-CEOs and the remaining members are shareholders. The Company manages the group as a whole, whilst members' individual activities are managed by their respective agencies. The group released their tenth studio album The Return on 23 March 2012, launched their comeback concerts 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour: The Return throughout Asia and their first exclusive variety program Shinhwa Broadcast premiered on 17 March 2012 on cable channel JTBC.
As of 26 June, Jun Jin has reportedly left Open World Entertainment. Ahead of 2012 Shinhwa Grand Tour in Guangzhou: The Return on 30 June, he had microscopic nerve decompression surgery on a lumbar disc from chronic back pain. His condition had deteriorated despite being medicated since their comeback leading him to seek medical advice and subsequent surgery. He has been advised rest and physical therapy for the next six weeks, but will continue with the tour till its conclusion. Due to the surgery he was absent from the recording of episode 17, "School Channel: God of Classroom", of Shinhwa Broadcast aired on 7 July 2012. Also, still recovering from surgery, he did not take part in some of the dance numbers in both the Guangzhou and final concert in Beijing.
|Album #||Album Information||Track listing|
|Single #||Album Information||Track listing|
Love Doesn't Come
Love Doesn't Come ("Forever" Special Edition)
- 2003 - Nonstop 4
- 2004 - Forbidden Love aks Nine-Tailed Fox
- 2005 - Let's Go To The Beach
- 2008 - Here He Comes - MBC
- 2005: Love Letter (ep 1 to 14) - SBS
- 2005: X-Man - SBS
- 2006: Heroine 6
- 2006: New X-Man - SBS
- July 2006: Infinity Challenge - Quiz Challenge with Shinhwa (Season 4 Episode 11 & 12) - MBC
- April 2008: Infinite Challenge - replaced Haha as 'the 7th member' host - MBC
- 2008: Family Outing (Guest ep 9 & 10) - SBS
- 2009: We Got Married - regular partnered with Lee Shi Young - MBC
- 2012: Shinhwa Broadcast - ongoing
- 2013: Taxi - Shinhwa Taxi (variety show)
- 2013: Running Man (variety show) (ep 160- to 161) - SBS
- "U.F.O" by Stellar - March 2012
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- Shinhwa Company official website (Korean)