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J-Hope in a black suit against a black background
J-Hope at the 2019 Golden Disc Awards
Jung Ho-seok

(1994-02-18) February 18, 1994 (age 27)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • record producer
Years active2012–present
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
LabelsBig Hit
Associated actsBTS
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Ho-seok
McCune–ReischauerChǒng Hosǒk
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJeihop
Signature of BTS' J-Hope.svg

Jung Ho-seok (Korean정호석; born February 18, 1994), better known by his stage name J-Hope (stylized as j-hope), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. In 2013, J-Hope made his debut as a member of South Korean boy band BTS, managed under Big Hit Music.

J-Hope released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, worldwide on March 1, 2018. The album was met with a positive reception. His debut at number 63 (and subsequent peak at number 38) made him the highest-charting solo Korean artist on the Billboard 200 at the time of the mixtape's release. On September 27, 2019, he released his song ”Chicken Noodle Soup” featuring Becky G. On October 12, 2019, the solo single debuted at No. 81 on US Billboard Hot 100, which made him the first member of BTS with a Hot 100 hit under his own name.[1]

Life and career

1994–2012: Early life

J-Hope was born as Jung Ho-seok (Korean정호석) on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea, where he lived with his parents and older sister.[2] Before debuting with BTS, he was part of the underground dance team Neuron and took dance classes at Gwangju Music Academy for six years, from 4th grade to his 1st year in high school, when he signed his contract with Big Hit Entertainment.[3] J-Hope had been relatively well known for his skills in dance prior to his debut; he won various local prizes for dance, including placing first in a national dance competition in 2008.[1][4] His skills in dance eventually led him to gain interest in singing, helping him to audition as an idol trainee.[2] As a trainee, J-Hope was featured as a rapper in Jo Kwon's song "Animal", which was released in 2012.[5]

2013–present: BTS and scheduled activities

On June 13, 2013, J-Hope made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M! Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool.[6] He was the third member to join the group as a trainee after RM and Suga.[7] J-Hope has since been involved in the creation process of every album in BTS' discography.[8]

On June 14, 2019, J-Hope, together with fellow BTS member V, collaborated with Zara Larsson on a soundtrack called A Brand New Day for a mobile game BTS World.[9]

2018–present: Solo activities and first mixtape

On March 1, 2018, J-Hope released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, worldwide, along with a music video for the title track "Daydream".[10] A music video for the B-side "Airplane" was later released on March 6.[11] The mixtape debuted at number 63 and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest charting Korean solo act on the chart up to that point. Hope World also peaked at number 35 on the Canadian Albums chart, and number 19 on the US Top Rap Albums chart. Three mixtape tracks, "Daydream", "Hope World", and "Hangsang", charted on the World Digital Songs Chart, at number 3, 16, and 24 respectively.[12] The following week, the tracks rose to number 1, 6, and 11, with three additional tracks off of Hope World, "Airplane", "Base Line", and "P.O.P (Piece of Peace) pt. 1" arriving on the chart at number 5, 6, and 12, respectively. "Daydream" peaking atop the chart made J-Hope one of only ten Korean artists, including BTS, to reach number one.[13] The success of his solo debut lead him to rank at number 3 on the Emerging Artists Chart, and 97 on the Artist 100 Chart for the week of March 10, later peaking at number 91 for the week of March 17. He is the fifth Korean artist, and the second Korean soloist after Psy, to place on the Artist 100.[12][14] The mixtape charted in ten countries worldwide, with "Daydream" charting in three.[15][16] It was ranked at number 5 on Billboard magazine's year-end World Albums Chart.[17]

In 2019, J-Hope released a free collaboration single, "Chicken Noodle Soup", on September 27, featuring American singer, Becky G.[18] The track debuted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 9.7 million streams and 11,000 downloads for the week ending October 4, making J-Hope the first member of BTS to chart on the Hot 100 as a solo artist outside of the group, the third Korean solo artist to rank on the chart (after Psy and CL), and the sixth Korean artist overall to do so. "Chicken Noodle Soup" also debuted at number 1 on the World Digital Songs chart and is J-Hope's second song to achieve this after 2018's "Daydream".[19]

For the three-year anniversary of his mixtape, J-Hope released a full, three-minute long version of its closing track "Blue Side (Outro)" on March 1, 2021—it was uploaded to the BTS Soundcloud page for free.[20]


J-Hope smiling and greeting with his left hand.
J-Hope performing at the Seoul Olympic Stadium in August 2018, during the Love Yourself World Tour.

His stage name, "J-Hope (제이홉)", comes from his desire to represent hope for fans, as well as to be "the hope of BTS."[21] It is also a reference to the myth of Pandora's box, as after the box was opened and all the evils inside were released to the world, the only thing left was hope.[22]

Artistry and public image

J-Hope has been described as having an upbeat and energetic tone to his music and performances.[23] His mixtape, Hope World, was described as having a fun nature and variety of musical genres, including synth-pop, trap, house, alternative hip hop, funk-soul, and retro elements.[24] In a review published by The 405, Emmad Usmani praised the mixtape's concept and production, writing "J-Hope showcases exceptional creativity, genuine personality, and a cohesive sense of direction over the 20 minutes of the project".[25] Jeff Benjamin of Fuse wrote that the atmospheric style of "Blue Side", Hope World's outro track, "leaves the listener curious for what's coming next from J-Hope".[26] The lyrical elements of the mixtape, notably the lead song "Daydream", was praised by Billboard magazine for its discussion of the difficulties an idol faces in their career, various literary references, and fun presentation of the serious subject matter.[27]

J-Hope cites the adventurous nature of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the works of Kyle, Aminé, and Joey Badass as influencers on his style and work on Hope World. The idea of peace has also provided a basis for much of his lyrics, stating that "it'd be fantastic to become a part of someone's personal peace through my music" in an interview with Time magazine.[28] The idea of "representing the modern generation" has also influenced his work on BTS' music.[7] There was also a reference to Douglas Adams' science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[29]

In January 2020, J-Hope was promoted to a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association.[30]


In 2018, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with the other members of the group.[31] He had the most liked tweet in the world for 2018 when he posted the "In My Feelings Challenge".[32]

Personal life

In 2016, he purchased a luxury apartment in South Korea worth US$1.6 million for his personal use.[33] As of 2018, he lives in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea with his bandmates.[34] In March 2019, along with bandmates RM and Suga, he enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University for the Master of Business Administration program in Advertising and Media.[35]


J-Hope has been a member of the "Green Noble Club", which recognizes high-value donors of Child Fund Korea, since 2018. On February 18, 2019, he donated ₩100 million (approximately US$90,000) to the organization in support of those attending his high school alma mater in Gwangju. He had previously donated ₩150 million (roughly US$135,000) in December 2018, but requested the donation be private at the time.[36] In December 2019, he donated another ₩100 million.[37] On November 17, 2020, he donated ₩100 million in support of children experiencing economic difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[38][39] On February 18, 2021, he donated ₩150 million to support children with visual and hearing impairments.[37] On May 4, 2021, for Children's Day, he donated ₩100 million for children affected by violence in Tanzania, Africa.[40]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
Hope World
Track listing
  1. "Hope World"
  2. "P.O.P (Piece of Peace) pt.1"
  3. "Daydream (백일몽)"
  4. "Base Line"
  5. "HANGSANG (항상)" featuring Supreme Boi
  6. "Airplane"
  7. "Blue Side (Outro)"
13 35 160 13 34 14 23 30 38 1


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

US World
"Daydream" 2018 80 [A] 1 Hope World
"Airplane" 5 N/A
"Chicken Noodle Soup"
(featuring Becky G)
2019 55 [B] 82 81 1 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
UK Dig.
US World
"Intro: Boy Meets Evil" 2016 31 9 Wings
"Mama" 22 13
"Base Line" 2018 8 N/A Hope World
(featuring Supreme Boi)
"Hope World" 6
"P.O.P (Piece of Peace) pt.1" 12
"Trivia 起: Just Dance" 12 42 61 7 Love Yourself: Answer
As featured artist
"Animal (Radio Edit)" (Jo Kwon featuring J-Hope) 2012 36 I'm Da One
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As writer

Year Title Artist Album Ref.
2012 Animal (Radio Edit) Jo Kwon I'm Da One [66]

Other songs

Year Title Format Other Notes Ref
2015 "1 Verse" Digital download, streaming N/A [67]
2018 "땡 (Ddaeng)" with RM and Suga [68]
2021 "Blue Side" N/A [20]



Year Network Program Role Note(s) Ref.
2016 SBS Inkigayo Host V, Moonbyul & Wheein [69]
MBC Show! Music Core with Jungkook [70]
2017 Mnet M Countdown with RM & Jimin [71]
with Jimin & Jin [72]
2019 MBC Under Nineteen Himself Dance tutor; episode 10 [73]

Music videos

Year Title Length Director(s) Note(s) Ref.
2018 "Daydream" 3:48 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [74]
"Airplane" 3:21 GDW
2019 "Chicken Noodle Soup" 4:28 Yong-Seok Choi (Lumpens) with Becky G [75]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Boy Meets Evil" 2:52 GDW [76]
"MAMA" 2:51 Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens) [77]
2020 "Outro: Ego" 3:23 YooJeong Ko [78]


  1. ^ "Daydream" did not enter the NZ Top 40 or Hot Singles Chart, but peaked at number seven on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[56]
  2. ^ "Chicken Noodle Soup" did not enter the NZ Top 40, but peaked at number 13 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[57]


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External links

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