JB (South Korean singer)

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JB in 2017
Native name 임재범
Born Lim Jae-beom
(1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 24)
Goyang, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Konkuk University
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Actor
  • Record Producer
Musical career
Also known as Defsoul[1]
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 재범
Revised Romanization Im Jae-beom
McCune–Reischauer Im Chaepŏm
Stage name
Hangul 제이
Revised Romanization Jeibi
McCune–Reischauer Cheibi

Lim Jae-beom[1][2] (Hangul: 임재범; born January 6, 1994)[3] commonly known by his stage name JB (Hangul: 제이비),[4] is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actor who is the leader of South Korean boy band Got7 and part of the duo JJ Project. JB made his small-screen debut through the drama series Dream High 2 in 2012.[5] He has also starred in MBC's When a Man Falls in Love as Seo Mi-joon.[6]


2009–2014: Debut and career beginnings[edit]

JB was a former B-boy. He, along with member Jinyoung, successfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009, both winning first place at the open audition.[7]

In 2011, JB was cast in the role of Jang Woo-jae in the television drama Dream High 2.[5] The drama began airing on January 30, 2012 on KBS for 16 episodes.[8]

In May 2012, JB and fellow trainee Jin-young debuted as the duo JJ Project with the single album Bounce.[7][9] Their official music video for the title track "Bounce" was released on May 19.[10]

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.[6] On January 16, 2014, the two members of JJ Project debuted as part of a seven-member boy band called Got7.[11]


In 2015 JB played the lead role in Dream Knight, a virtual musical television drama, as a superhero version of himself, alongside his fellow Got7 members, featuring actress Song Ha-yoon as the female lead role.[12][13] He was nominated for the "Rising Star Award" at the K-Web Fest in July.[14]

Personal life[edit]

When JB was young, his parents divorced for his father's drinking problem, and his mother remarried.[15]

On September 12, 2014, JB was involved in a minor car accident while the driver was trying to change lanes to avoid a parked car when a bus came up behind, causing their car to hit a van. Neither JB nor his staff suffered major damage.[16]

In 2016, JB was unable to participate in several Got7's Fly Tour concerts and a M!Countdown performance due to a spinal disc injury.[17][18] He returned for the Fly in Singapore concert at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, showing a full recovery.[19]

JB is currently majoring in Film at Konkuk University.[20][21]



Title Album details
1/? vol. 1
Track listing
  1. "Holic"
  2. "Don't Worry"
  3. "Sin" feat. Jomalone
  4. "Lost"
  5. "Bad Habit" feat. Jomalone
1/? vol. 2
Track listing
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Think of You"
  3. "Channel" feat. jeebanoff, Jomalone
  4. "Don't Touch Me"
  5. "Pray"
  6. "Outro"
1/? vol. 2 (Remix)
Track listing
  1. "Don't Touch Me (Deepshower Remix)"
  2. "Channel (BRLLNT Remix)"
  3. "Think of You (Plan8 Remix)"

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "New Dreaming"
(with Park Seo-joon)
Dream High 2 OST
(with T-ara's Park Ji-yeon)
2015 "Forever Love" Dream Knight OST
2017 "U&I"
(with GOT7's Jackson Wang)
The Package OST
"U&I (Chinese Version)"
(with GOT7's Jackson Wang)
2018 "Rainy" The Hyena on the Keyboard Part. 4

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales[a] Album

"Just Because"
(Baek A-yeon feat. JB of GOT7)
2016 12 Non-album single
(Primary feat. JB of GOT7)
2017 99 Pop
(Jomalone feat. Yonko, Def.)
(Deepshower feat. JB)
2018 COLORS[27]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Network Note
2012 Dream High 2 JB/Jang Woo-jae KBS
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Seo Mi-joon MBC
2015 Dream Knight JB Youku Tudou Korean-Chinese Online Drama by JYPE and Youku Tudou

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title TV Network Note Ref.
2016 Celebrity Bromance MBig TV Season 12, with Young Jae (B.A.P) [28]
2017 Law of the Jungle SBS Season 34, Cook Islands with Kim Byung-man, Lee Jong-hyun (CNBLUE), Solbin (Laboum) [29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

1st KWEB Fest 2015[edit]

The first edition of the Seoul KoWebFest, the festival of Korean web series is the only of its kind in Korea and Northern Asia.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref
2015 Dream Knight Rising Star Award Nominated [14]


  1. ^ Sales figures for Korean-language singles are digital.


  1. ^ a b "JYP Creators list". JYP Entertainment. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Herman, Tamar (July 31, 2017). "GOT7's JJ Project Returns After Five Years With Introspective 'Tomorrow, Today': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Dispatch (January 28, 2014). "[STARCAST] Should we try a self intro? 'Me' Written by the Pens of 'GOT7'". Naver. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Self-introduction of Mark, Jackson, JB and Jinyoung". The Star. Chosun. February 27, 2014. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Oh, Mi-jung (15 January 2012). "A Peek at Dream High 2's Couples". Mwave via CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b "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 March 11, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "JJ프로젝트, 박진영·임재범 이름에 금테까지 둘렀다 [JJ Project, to combine the names of Jinyoung and Jaebeom]" (in Korean). Donga.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "'Dream High Season 2' To Begin". Hancinema. January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Kang Soo Jin. "Have You Got the Boys of Got7?". Kpop Planet. Kyunghyang Shinmun. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  10. ^ "JJ프로젝트 '바운스', 아이튠즈 10위 '성공적 데뷔 신고식'". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 May 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  11. ^ "JYP, 포스트 2PM 그룹명은 '갓세븐(GOT7)'..16일 데뷔무대" [JYP, first boy group since 2PM, group name 'GOT 7' .. debut stage]. Osen. January 16, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Jung, Yeawon (February 5, 2015). "Web Drama 'Dream Knight' Rakes in Nearly 13 Million Hits Total". Mwave. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Jung, Yeawon (January 26, 2015). "Web Drama 'Dream Knight' Flooded with Publication Right Inquiries from America, Japan and More". Mwave. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Lee Ji-hae (June 30, 2015). "GOT7's 'Dream Knight' receives award". Kpop Herald. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Jung, Ha-eun (2018-09-17). "'안녕하세요' 갓세븐 JB "어릴 적 부모님 이혼" 가정사 고백". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  16. ^ Kim, Gae-young (September 13, 2014). "JYP 측 "갓세븐 JB, 큰 사고 아냐...검사 후 일상 복귀"" [JYP side "Got7 JB, no big accident ... after check back routine"]. TV Report. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  17. ^ "JB Absent From First Concerts Of 'Fly Tour' — Got7 Leaderless As K-Pop Group Performs With Six Members". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  18. ^ Jung, Ji-won (April 29, 2016). "GOT7 JB, 오늘(29일) 병원 추가진단...해외투어 참여여부 논의" [GOT7’s JB to receive further medical examination, it might affect overseas concert tour]. Naver. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  19. ^ "Got7 leader JB recovers in time for concert here". The New Paper. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  20. ^ "[스타캐스트] 자기 소개 해볼까요?...'갓세븐', 자필로 쓴 '나'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  21. ^ "[건국대학교] 영화 연출과 연기, 애니메이션 전공간의 긴밀한 교류". 씨네21 (in Korean). 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  22. ^ Tamar, Herman (April 1, 2017). "JB & Rap Monster Kick Off the New Year With Solo Tracks on SoundCloud". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  23. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA). Archived from the original on 9 March 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  24. ^ Total sales for "Just Because":
  25. ^ "Hush (see #69)". August 30, 2017. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017.
  26. ^ "조말론, 새 믹스테입 [$UMMERTIME MIXTAPE] 발표" (in Korean). April 24, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  27. ^ "COLORS" (in Korean). Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  28. ^ Lee, So-dam (September 13, 2014). "[단독] 갓세븐 JB X B.A.P 영재, '꽃브로맨스' 뭉친다" [GOT7’s JB And B.A.P’s Youngjae to appear next on "Celebrity Bromance"]. OSEN via Naver. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  29. ^ "SBS 측 "'정글의 법칙' 특급 라인업 완성...김병만의 의지" (공식입장)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-12-18.

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