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GOT7 performing Just Right at the 2015 Summer K-POP Festival. From left to right: JB, Jackson, Junior, Yugyeom, Mark, Youngjae, BamBam
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website got7.jype.com
Members

Got7 (Korean: 갓세븐; romanized as Gatsebeun; stylized as GOT7) is a South Korean K-pop boy group formed by JYP Entertainment in 2014. Got7 consists of seven members: leader JB, Mark, Junior, Jackson, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom. They are a multinational group with members from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States.

Got7 released their debut EP, Got It?, on January 20, 2014. On October 22, 2014, they debuted in Japan with the release of their first Japanese single, "Around the World".

For their work in 2014, Got7 won Best New Artist Group at the Seoul Music Awards and received three nominations at the 29th Golden Disk Awards, winning the Newcomer Award and China Goodwill Star.

On March 21, 2016, they released their fifth mini album, Flight Log: Departure, with title tracks "Fly" and "Home Run". [1]

History

Pre-debut

Two of the members, JB and Jr. (now Junior), originally debuted as the pop duo JJ Project in 2012 with Bounce, while Mark, Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom made an appearance on the 4th episode of Mnet's reality-survival program Who is Next: WIN, which aired on September 6, 2013.[2]

2014: Debut with Got It?, Got Love and Identify and Around the World

Got7 perform at M! Countdown

The group dropped their first EP Got It? on January 20, 2014. The album shot up to the number 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums chart[3] and was number 2 on Gaon Album Chart.[4] Got7 made their official music program debut on January 16, 2014 through Mnet's M! Countdown, performing their debut single "Girls Girls Girls."

Got7 signed under the Sony Music sub-label Epic Records to pursue activities in Japan, and performed on April 4 in Tokyo.[5][6]

Their 2nd mini album, entitled Got Love, was released on June 23 and on the same day, the music video to the title song "A", which was written and produced by J.Y. Park, was revealed.[7][8] In November 2014, the group released their first full-length album, Identify, as well as the music video for its title song, "Stop Stop It".[9] Identify topped Gaon's Weekly Album Sales Chart in its first week and "Stop Stop It" peaked at number 4 on Billboard's World Digital Songs chart.[10][11]

2015: Love Train, Just Right, Laugh Laugh Laugh and Mad

On June 10, 2015 the group released their 2nd Japanese single "Love Train." The single debuted at number 4 on Oricon's singles charts and topped on Japanese ringtone chart Recochoku.[12]

The group released their 3rd mini album Just Right on July 13, 2015.[13] The title song, having the same name, peaked at number 3 on Billboard's World Digital Songs Chart, staying in the top 3 for two consecutive weeks.[14]

Got7 released their third Japanese single "Laugh Laugh Laugh" and its B-side "Be My Girl" on September 23.[15] It sold 14,000 copies on the first day of its release and made its debut at first place on the Oricon's singles chart.[16]

Got7 released their 4th EP, Mad, on September 29 along with the music video for the title song, "If You Do".[17] They followed up this release with their very first repackaged album, Mad: Winter Edition, on November 23, along with a music video for "Confession Song."

2016: Flight Log: Departure and Fly Tour

On March 21, 2016, Got7's fifth mini album, Flight Log: Departure, was released.[18] On March 31, 2016, Got7 entered the Billboard Artist 100 chart at 45. Flight Log: Departure debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart and number 2 on Billboard World albums chart.

On April 12, Got7 digitally released "Home Run", the second title track for their Flight Log: Departure album.

Got7 held their first solo concert, the "Fly Tour", on April 29-30 in Seoul, with the tour continuing on to dates in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and the United States throughout the summer.[19]

Members

[20][21][22]

  • Mark (Hangul: 마크), Mark Yi-Eun Tuan (段宜恩), born on (1993-09-04) September 4, 1993 (age 22), is the oldest member. He is an American citizen of Taiwanese descent and lived in Brazil and Paraguay when he was younger before his family moved back to the USA. He was cast in the US in 2010 and came to train in Korea that same year.
  • JB (Hangul: 제이비), Im Jae-bum (Hangul: 임재범), born on (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 22), is the leader. JB, along with fellow member Junior, successfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009. Before debuting with Got7, JB and Junior also debuted together as the duo JJ Project.[23] JB was given the stage name "JB" due to his sharing the same name with Yim Jae-beom, a famous senior singer. JB is a main vocalist, can bboy, debuted as an actor when given a small role of a backup dancer in the very popular KBS drama Dream High in 2011, and then going back for the second season and starring as JB in Dream High 2 in 2012, then went on to act in the MBC drama A Man In Love as Seo-Min Joon, and played the lead role in the Naver TVCast production Dream Knight as himself. He also produces, composes, and writes his own songs for Got7 which some have been released officially in their albums.
  • Jackson (Hangul: 잭슨), Jackson Wang (王嘉爾), born on (1994-03-28) March 28, 1994 (age 22), is a native of Hong Kong and a former representative of the country's national fencing team. In 2011, he earned two gold medals at the Asian Junior Olympics in Thailand. He claimed that earning a gold medal was one of his parents' requirements for allowing him to train in Korea. Jackson speaks four languages proficiently, namely Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Korean.
  • Junior (Hangul: 주니어), Park Jin-young (Hangul: 박진영), born on (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 21), successfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment in 2009 alongside group leader JB. He also previously debuted with JB as a member of JJ Project.[23] He was given the stage name Jr. since his real name, Park Jinyoung, is also the name of JYPE's founder and CEO. As of May 5, 2015, Jr. has officially changed his stage name to Junior.[24]
  • Youngjae (Hangul:영재), Choi Young-jae (Hangul: 최영재), born on (1996-09-17) September 17, 1996 (age 19), is one of the group's vocalists. In 2013, after passing an audition at his gifted music school in Mokpo, he entered the JYP training system. Youngjae was a trainee for just seven months and was the last to join the group before debut.
  • BamBam (Hangul: 뱀뱀), Kunpimook Bhuwakul (Thai: กันต์พิมุกต์ ภูวกุล), born on (1997-05-02) May 2, 1997 (age 19), is a rapper[citation needed]. BamBam is from Bangkok, Thailand, and was cast at a young age and sent to train in Korea. His mother is a big fan of K-pop and owns a Korean restaurant in Bangkok.
  • Yugyeom (Hangul: 유겸), Kim Yu-gyeom (Hangul: 김유겸), born on (1997-11-17) November 17, 1997 (age 18), is the youngest member. He enrolled in a dance school in the seventh grade, which led him to the opportunity to audition for JYP.

Discography

Main article: Got7 discography

Filmography

The group's filmography is listed within their videography, linked below.

Main article: Got7 videography

Tours

Awards and nominations

References

  1. ^ "29th Golden Disk Awards Day 1: WINNER, GOT7 Receive Best New Artist, Taeyang Wins Digital Single Grand Prize". kpopstarz. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ WIN : WHO IS NEXT episode 4_ YG vs JYP ! 배틀의 결과는?!. YouTube. September 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (January 31, 2014). "Hyorin Earns Third K-Pop No. 1, GOT7 Tops World Albums". Billboard K-Town. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2014년 05주차 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Got7 Signs With Record Label Sony Japan: Group To Make Japanese Debut In April". kpopstarz.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "JYP Rookie GOT7 to Debut in Japanese Sports Arena on April 4th". kpopstarz.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "갓세븐, 박진영 곡으로 23일 컴백..티저 공개 '밝다'" (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Got Love by GOT7 on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 
  9. ^ "갓세븐 ‘하지하지마’ MV공개 하루만에 유튜브 100만 돌파" (in Korean). dongA.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Jeong Jee Won. "GOT7 Tops Gaon Album Chart with ‘Identify’". Mwave. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (June 11, 2015). "GOT7 & Sistar Announced for KCON 2015 Los Angeles". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "GOT7 ranks 4th on Oricon". Kpop Herald. Korea Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  13. ^ [한밤의 신곡]갓세븐 '딱좋아', 소녀취향 저격하는 여친 응원송 (in Korean). Osen.mt.co.kr. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Chart references for Just Right:
  15. ^ "GOT7、日本サード・シングル『LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH』". Tower Records. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "GOT7 Rank Number 1 On Japan's Oricon Chart With 'Laugh Laugh Laugh'". Kpopstarz. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ "GOT7 Tops iTunes Charts in Numerous Countries". Mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "GOT7 returns with ‘Fly’". The Korea Herald. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "GOT7 returns in March with concert in April". kpopherald.koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  20. ^ "Got7 official profiles". GOT7 official site. JYPE. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Kang Soo Jin. "Have You Got the Boys of Got7?". Kpop Planet. Kyunghyang Shinmun. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "GOT7 Interview ‘You Shouldn’t Compare Us To 2PM’". kpopstarz.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "JJ프로젝트, 박진영·임재범 이름에 금테까지 둘렀다" (in Korean). Donga.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Notice of Got7 Jr. Name Change". got7.jype.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

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