Jo Kwon

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Jo Kwon
Jo Kwon in Jan 2015.jpg
Jo Kwon in January 2015
Native name 조권
Born (1989-08-28) August 28, 1989 (age 29)
Suwon, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • Dancer
  • Actor
  • MC
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Jo Kwon
Hangul 조권
Hanja 趙權
Revised Romanization Jo Gwon
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kwŏn

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


Jo trained at JYP Entertainment for seven years after joining the company. He was chosen as the last member of Park Jin-young's "99% Challenge Project" along with Sunye of Wonder Girls.[2]

2AM career[edit]

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 four-member ballad group or a seven-member dance group.[3] After several elimination steps, Jo was chosen for a position in the four-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group's leader.

2AM's first single "This Song" was released on July 21, 2008.[4] In March 2015, Jo renewed his contract with JYP Entertainment, while three other members of 2AM signed with other agencies. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures didn’t mean 2AM was disbanding, however 2AM is currently on temporarily break from any group activities. [5] He left JYP Entertainment on September 22, 2017[citation needed] On November 3, 2017, he signed with Cube Entertainment.[citation needed]

Solo career[edit]

2008-2009: Variety entertainment and popularity as Adam Couple[edit]

Jo has appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as Star King. He was part of Dirty Eyed Girls in an episode of 2PM's variety show Wild Bunny, performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular.[6] In September, 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS' environmental variety show Find it! Green Gold with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jay Park on historical culture variety show Nodaji.[citation needed]

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.[7] Jo was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009, causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.[2]

During their appearance in We Got Married, Jo and Ga-in were donned the nickname “Adam Couple” by fans.[citation needed] Together they released the digital single 우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell in Love) on December 16, 2009,[8] 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.[9] 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[10]

In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2.[11] He made his fifth appearance on the TV show "Happy Together" in June 2012. 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.

2010–2012: Screen debut and first solo album[edit]

On June 30, 2010, Jo 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 release.[12]

The same year, he was cast in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min-sun, Kim Gab-soo and fellow idol and former 'wife' Ga-in.[citation needed]

On June 25, 2012, he released his solo album, I'm Da One, along with a music video.[13]

2013: Musical and drama debut[edit]

In 2013, Jo joined the cast of a Korean Jesus Christ Superstar musical production, where he played the role of King Herod.[14]

In same year, on February 27, 2013, he was confirmed as one of the cast for the KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, and the work and relationships that surround her.

2016–2017: Second solo album, fourth musical Casting, golden tambourine, and departure from JYP Entertainment[edit]

Jo's new album Crosswalk included three tracks, two of which he wrote ― the lead single Crosswalk and the third track, Flutter. The second track It's Okay was written by Ryan S. Jhun and Denzil "DR" Remedios, the music producers of SM Entertainment's Shinee and f(x). Popular songwriters Esna and Aev produced the title song. [15]

On March 17, 2016, it was announced by JYP Entertainment that Jo would be participating in the musical On The Starry Night as the role "lChoi Sung-keun.[16][17] The musical Ran from May 7 to May 15, 2016.

On November 10, 2016, Mnet released some b-cut poster image on their upcoming karaoke program, Golden Tambourine[18] which ran from December 15 2016, until February 23, 2017.

On September 21, 2017, it was announced that Jo had officially left JYP Entertainment after 16 years.[19] However, 2AM never did announce that they were disbanding and it is presumed that the group is on hiatus.[20]

2018–present: Lonely[edit]

On January 10, 2018, Jo released the digital single 새벽 (Lonely), his first release after joining Cube Entertainment. He was set to enlist in the Korean Army in August 2018, for his mandatory military service.[21]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2013, Jo was attending Kyung Hee University.[22] He entered Kyung Hee University without taking the entrance examination, with rumors alleging favouritism, because he was an entertainer. The rumors were refuted by his performance at the top of his class in his major.[23] In 2015, he enrolled in the Performing Arts Department of Kyunghee University’s Graduate Program.[24]

Kwon is the president of the cereal cafe franchise 'Midnight in Seoul', which was founded and owned by actor-singer Yoon Kye-sang and three friends. The cafe-cum-bar was the first of its kind in Seoul and gained popularity amongst K-pop idol singers through word-of-mouth. In May 2017, it was announced that the venture would become a franchise and that Jo would be named its president, while Yoon and others would remain official owners.[25]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing Peak chart positions Sales
I'm Da One
Track listing

  1. "Awesome Girl (feat. Yankee)"
  2. "Animal (Radio Edit) (feat. Jung Ho-seok of BTS)"
  3. "I'm Da One (feat. Zion.T)"
  4. "Lipstick"
  5. "Who’s Loving You Now"
  6. "Wingardium Leviosa"
  7. "Something ‘Bout You (feat. Jinwoon of 2AM)"
  8. "Heaven (feat. Miso of GLAM)"
  9. "Just a Kiss"
  10. "Animal (feat. Jung Ho-seok of BTS)"
1 -

Mini albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing Peak chart positions Sales
Track listing

  1. "Crosswalk" (횡단보도)
  2. "It's Okay" (괜찮아요)
  3. "flutter"
  • KOR:

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)

2015 "이렇게 좋은 날에 (On The Good Day Like This)"

with Joo Yeong (Seorindong Children)

"이렇게 좋은 날에 (On The Good Day Like This)"

(Digital Single)

2016 "횡단보도 (Crosswalk)" "횡단보도 (Crosswalk)"
2018 "새벽(Lonely)" "새벽(Lonely)"


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 Jeong-hee - "헤어지러 가는 길 (On the Way to Breakup)" 진짜일 리 없어 (It Can't Be Real)
2013 "Perfect Christmas" (with Lim Jeong-hee, Joo Hee of 8Eight, Rap Monster & Jungkook of BTS) -
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’
2016 "Born to be Wild" (with Hyoyeon, Min and JYP) SM Station
2018 "한걸음 (Follow Your Dreams)"(with Hyuna, BtoB, CLC, Pentagon, Yoo Seon-ho, (G)I-DLE) Non-album single
"Upgrade" (with Hyuna, BtoB, CLC, Pentagon, Yoo Seon-ho, (G)I-DLE)
"Young & One" (with Hyuna, BtoB, CLC, Pentagon, Yoo Seon-ho, (G)I-DLE)


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Starring
2009 Dunk Shot Whale (from W&Whale)
2010 On the way to break up Lim Jeong-hee
2012 I'm Da One J-Hope, V, Jin, Suga, Jungkook of Bangtan Boys
2013 Pitapat BESTie
2016 Crosswalk Suho


Year Title Role
2013 Pinocchio Pinocchio (Dubbing)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010 All My Love Hwang Ok-yub MBC
2013 The Dramatic "Flower Boys Coorporation" Jo Kwon MBC
The Queen of Office Kye Kyung-woo KBS2
2015 The Producers Himself (ep.3) KBS2
2015 Drinking Solo Kwon (fellow student at Noryangjin) (ep. 11) tvN

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2009 We Got Married MBC Himself Season 2 (60 episodes) with Gain (singer)
2010 Family Outing 2 SBS Member Season 2
Star King Himself Episodes 147-149, 152-158, 162, 177, 179, 184
2013 A Song For You KBS World MC Season 2 (16 Episodes)
2015 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant Episode 1
2016 Golden Tambourine Mnet MC Season 1


Year Title Role
2013 Jesus Christ Superstar King Herod
2014 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Adam
2015 Chess Anatoly Sergievsky
2016 On A Starry Night Choi Sung Keun


Year Title Notes
Organization of Helping Children of Low Income Households

Awards and nominations[edit]

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[29] 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[30] 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[31] 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[32] We Got Married Won
Best Couple Award with Ga-in[32] 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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