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Jun. K
2PM Kim Minjun (aka Jun. K).jpg
Jun. K during 2 pm's Go Crazy World Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, November 2014
Kim Jun-su

(1988-01-15) January 15, 1988 (age 32)
Daegu, South Korea
EducationDong-ah Institute of Media and Arts (Bachelor's Degree)
Kyunghee University (Master's Degree)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • rapper
  • dancer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
Jun. K
Revised RomanizationGim Min-jun
McCune–ReischauerKim Minchun
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJun Ke-i
McCune–ReischauerJun Kei

Kim Min-jun (Korean김민준; Hanja金閔俊; born January 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Jun. K, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, dancer and actor. He is the main vocalist of 2PM.[1]

Formerly known as Kim Jun-su (Hangul : 김준수), he revealed on October 17, 2012, that due to family reasons he would be changing his name to Min-jun, though his stage name would remain the same.[2]

Jun. K is the writer and the composer of 2PM's title songs, "Go Crazy" and "My House"[3]

Aside from his group activities, Jun. K has released 3 digital singles, 2 extended plays in South Korea and 1 digital single, 4 extended plays in Japan, his first three Japanese albums which peaked at number two on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart.[4][5] His second Japanese album Love Letter ranked number one on both Billboard Japan "Top" and "Hot" album sales charts.[6][7] His first Korean album, Mr. NO♡, debuted at number nine on Billboard World Albums chart.[8] His third Japanese album "No Shadow" ranked number two on Billboard Japan "Top" and "Hot" album sales charts.[9] His fourth Japanese album No Time ranked number three on the Oricon daily sales chart.[10]

Early life[edit]

Kim Minjun was born in Daegu, South Korea and attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts.[11] Prior to singing, he had entered and won various poem and songwriting contests.[12] He attended Kyunghee University's Media Information Graduate School for his Master's degree.[13]

He originally auditioned for YG Entertainment, where he befriended G-Dragon and Taeyang of Big Bang. He was accepted into both YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment, and ended up signing with the latter. He remains close friends with both members of Big Bang.[14]


2008–2010: Debut with 2 pm and solo activities[edit]

Jun. K was chosen as main vocalist of 2PM. The group official debuted on September 4, 2008.

During a 2 pm fanmeeting in 2009, he performed his composition "Hot" for the first time for his solo.[15] "Hot" was later recorded by all six members and included on their second studio album Hands Up (2011). In 2010, he collaborated with composer Jung Woo on the track "Tok Tok Tok" released in August, provided guest vocals for then-labelmate San E's song "B.U.B.U." (an acronym for "Break Up Back Up"), released in September as part of his first extended play, and teamed up with other idols and singers for the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit campaign song "Let's Go," released in October.

2011–2013: Solo debut and musical role[edit]

On October 7, 2011, Jun. K released his debut single "Alive". The accompanying music video was uploaded to 2PM's official YouTube channel three days later.[16] The song quickly climbed the charts and became number one on Cyworld.[17] On March 14, 2012, it was released as a ringtone on Japan's Recochoku ahead of 2 pm's greatest hits album 2PM Best: 2008–2011 in Korea, where it could also be found as a bonus track in Limited Edition B. "Alive" managed to quickly rank in at number one on the daily chart. Following this, JYP Entertainment stated that the song "shows a deeper look into Jun. K's unique musical world. It has a smooth beat that reveals a new charm to the singer."[18] He also recorded "Love... Goodbye" for the soundtrack of the Korean drama I Love Lee Tae-ri. It served as the male lead's theme.[19] He began his acting career in 2012 with played in musical theatre The Three Musketeers. Jun. K played as D'Artagnan.[20] He was played as Daniel in musical, Jack the Ripper in early 2013.[21]

In December 2013, He participated again on musical The Three Musketeers to performed in Tokyo, Japan.[22]

2014–present: Solo activities[edit]

In an interview with The Star in 2014, Jun. K revealed that Oricon's editor-in-chief had said Love and Hate was the number one album released in Japan that year and expressed his gratitude: "When I heard this I felt even better. I have really worked hard without any rest since December last year. I tried my best preparing it, but I'm really thankful to everyone who helped me achieve this good result, and everyone who congratulated me."[23]

Jun. K's Love & Hate concert tour ranked in the top 10 best concerts in Japan by Ranking Box, for having one of the most impressive live concerts of 2014, making him the only K-pop artist on the list. The editor-in-chief stated, "The album I personally listened to the most this year is Jun.K's solo album, 'Love & Hate', which was released in May. He's an artist who has an outstanding ability as a singer-songwriter, impressive voice tone, and musical talent. His solo live concert was rich with not only lyrical music but expressiveness as well."[24]

On June 11, 2014, Jun.K released the Korean version of "No Love".[25] Another song from the Japanese EP, titled "Mr. Doctor", was featured on HOT 97's DJ LEAD's Mix Album twice, in 2014 and 2015.[26]

Jun.K's second Japanese album, Love Letter, was released on November 25, 2015 and quickly reached number one on the Oricon daily album charts and on Japan's Billboard charts for top album sales.[27][28] On December 30, 2015, the Korean version of Love Letter was released.[29]

In July 2016, Jun. K announced the release of his first Korean studio album, Mr. NO♡, digitally on August 9 and physically on August 11. He held a showcase on August 8 before releasing his album and the showcase also aired on Naver's V app.[30]

Jun.K's third Japanese album, No Shadow, was released on December 14, 2016, and reached number one on the Oricon daily album charts and number two on the Oricon weekly album charts and Japan's Billboard charts for top and hot album sales. [9]

On January 4, 2017, Jun. K released a surprise music video for his song "Your Wedding", for his return as a solo artist in Korea. The music video stars 2 pm's Nichkhun and TWICE's Nayeon. "Your Wedding" is a pre-release for Jun. K's self composed album titled 77-1X3-00.[31] On January 12, 2017, Jun. K released the Korean album 77-1X3-00, as well as the music video for its title track, "No Shadow".[32]

Jun. K's second concert tour "Love Letter" and third concert tour "No Shadow" ranked in each year's top 10+1 best concerts in Japan by Yahoo in a row, for having the most impressive two live concert tours of 2015 and 2016 making him the only K-pop artist on the lists.[33][34]

On November 27, 2017, Jun. K released his second Korean album My 20's as the final project in Korea before his army enlistment. "Moving Day" is the title track, and the album includes songs he personally composed and wrote.[35]

Jun. K's 4th Japanese album, No Time, was released on April 4, 2018, as the final project in Japan before his army enlistment, No Time debuted at number three on the Oricon daily album chart. [10]

Jun. K ’s 4th Korean single and the 1st Japanese digital single “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” was released in both Korea and Japan simultaneously on June 10, 2020. On the same day, he carried out a free online concert "THIS IS NOT A SPECIAL LIVE" for his fans to show his gratitude towards their continued support.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Jun. K speaks Korean, English, and Japanese. His hobbies include composing, fashion, collecting accessories and shoes.[1] His specialties are singing and writing themes.[1]

He revealed that he had received over 70 awards from elementary to high school related to writing such as essays and book reports. "When I was young, I read a lot of books. My mother liked writing. She helped me all the way from writing book reports." [37]

He is a Buddhist. On February 24, 2011, he was admitted into the bachelor program for Performing Arts at the Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts, starting his new semester as a fourth year student.[11]

On October 17, 2012, he announced that he would be legally changing his name from Kim Junsu to Kim Minjun due to family reasons. In a 2014 interview with Starcast, he discussed the change: "There are still hateful comments about me changing my name. It is a name which my father gave it to me in advance before he passed away after thinking when to give it to me. I talked about it for 8 months with my mother. I thought about it for a long time since changing name didn't feel good to me."[38]

Jun. K joined Nodo training center, 2nd infantry division of 1st ROK Army, in Gangwon-do Yanggu to fulfill his mandatory military service on May 8, 2018.[39] He received a silver medal with an honorable mention from the commander of the division for his outstanding performance as a trainee at the training camp graduation ceremony.[40][41]After completing the training session successfully, Jun. K was assigned to a military band as a saxophone player and a singer.[42]

On May 31, 2019, Jun. K received the status of "Special Class Warrior" which is considered a measure of success as a soldier as it is only awarded to those who excel in shooting, physical endurance, first aid, vigilance, CBR training, mental endurance, and combat skills.[43]

Jun. K completed his military service and was discharged on January 2, 2020.[44]



Television Series[edit]

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2008–2009 Hot Blood Mnet 10 October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008) November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3) MBC 17 December 4, 2008 (December 4, 2008) March 26, 2009 (March 26, 2009)
2009 Wild Bunny Mnet 7 July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009) August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
2011 2PM Show! SBS 12 July 9, 2011 (July 9, 2011) September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
2012 The Romantic and Idol TvN 8 November 11, 2012 (November 11, 2012) December 3, 2012 (December 3, 2012)
2013 A Song For You From 2 pm KBS2 15 February 17, 2013 (February 17, 2013) May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013)
2015 Oven Radio 1theK 5 June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015) June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)
2017 2PM Wild Beat in Australia KStar 10 February 1, 2017 (February 1, 2017) April 5, 2017 (April 5, 2017)

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Notes
2011 Immortal Songs 2
2012 Immortal Songs 2 Special edition
2014 Immortal Songs 2
2016 King of Mask Singer Episode 43 and 44 (contestant with the stage name "Dream of the Square")
I Can See Your Voice Season 3 Episode 9 ( with Nichkhun& Jang Wooyoung Of 2PM)

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan[22][45] Lead role
2013 Jack the Ripper Daniel Lead role[21][46]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2011 "Alive"
2014 "Love & Hate"
"No Love" (Japanese ver.)
"No Love" (Korean ver.)
2015 "Love Letter" (Japanese ver.)
"Love Letter" (Korean ver.)
"THINK ABOUT YOU" (Japanese ver.)
"YOUNG FOREVER"(Japanese ver.)
"No Shadow" (Japanese ver.)
2017 "Your Wedding"
"No Shadow" (Korean ver.)
"Moving Day"
"Moving Day"(Japanese ver.)
2018 "No Time"
2020 "This Is Not A Song,1929"
"This Is Not A Song,1929"(Japanese ver.)


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  21. ^ a b "2PM's Jun. K kicks off his musical drama Jack the Ripper". ttwigo.com.
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  36. ^ "2PM's Jun. K Returns With Captivating "THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929" MV". soompi.com.
  37. ^ "Jun.K reveals he has over 70 awards for writing". allkpop.com.
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  40. ^ "준케이 "건강히 잘 지낸다, 수료식서 사단장 표창받아"". naver.com.
  41. ^ "2PM's Jun.K Receives Commendation + Writes Handwritten Letter To Fans From The Army". soompi.com.
  42. ^ "[MD포토] 준케이, '빡빡머리로 거수경 례딱!'". mydaily.co.kr.
  43. ^ "2PM's Jun.K Assigned To Special Warfare Command For Outstanding Military Performance". soompi.com.
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  46. ^ "2PM's Jun. K busy preparing for Jack the Ripper". n.d.

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