Park Jin-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Jin-young
Park Jin-young (Founder of JYP Entertainment) in February 2011 from acrofan.jpg
Park in 2011.
Born Park Jin-young
(1971-12-13) December 13, 1971 (age 44)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Yonsei University
Occupation Singer-songwriter, dancer, composer, producer, actor, CEO
Years active 1992–present
Musical career
Also known as JYP
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts JYP Nation
Korean name
Hangul 박진영
Hanja 朴軫永
Revised Romanization Bak Jin-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chin-yŏng

Park Jin-young (born December 13, 1971), also known as J.Y. Park or JYP , is a South Korean music mogul, musician and record producer. Beginning as a singer, he became a record producer and, ultimately, the CEO and founder of JYP Entertainment, a major artist management/record label of Korean pop music.


Park was born in Seoul. He graduated from Baemyung High School and he earned his bachelor's degree in geology from Yonsei University.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

In 1992, Park debuted as a group called 'Park Jin-Young and the New Generation,' but it was not successful. In 1994, he debuted as a solo singer with the album Blue City featured the song "Don't Leave Me", and it was successful.

Park has released many albums. He followed Blue City with his second album Tantara in 1995. His third album Summer Jingle Bell came out in 1997 and featured the hit song "She Was Pretty". His fourth album Even After 10 Years (1998) featured the song "Honey", and his seventh album Back To Stage (2007) featured the song "Kiss". In 2013 he released an album called "White in Snow". While maintaining his status as a successful artist, he has also composed and produced over 31 charting singles and 25 albums for various groups in South Korea including Rain and Wonder Girls.

Park also became the first Asian producer to successfully cross over to the U.S., producing music for Will Smith, Mase and Cassie.[1]

In May 2008, Park collaborated with Jackie Chan to form the "I Love Asia" Project, prompted by the earthquake tragedy in China. Park is a capable English speaker, as evidenced by the various interviews he has conducted in the U.S.[2][3]

In October 2009, JYP also became the first Korean songwriter together with RAINSTONE to enter the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with the Wonder Girls hit single "Nobody" which debuted at 76.[4]

On December 3, 2009, JYP released his single, No Love No More.[5]

On April 22 2011, JYP and Ga-In released a duet track titled "Someone Else." This is the first song JYP released in about two years.

On April 28, 2012, JYP released his new single, "You're the One".

Plagiarism lawsuit[edit]

On February 10, 2011, songwriter Kim Sin-il filed a lawsuit against Park claiming that "Someday", sung by IU and composed by Park, plagiarized Kim's song "To My Man". Kim alleged that the beginnings of the two songs, including the jazz chords, are almost identical and sued Park for 110 million won.[6] Park denied the allegations, and no settlement was reached after several court hearings.[7] On February 10, 2012, the Seoul Central District Court ruled that "Someday" was plagiarized from Kim's song, and ordered Park to pay 21.67 million won in damages to Kim.[8] Park appealed the ruling, but on January 24, 2013, the Seoul High Court ruled against Park and ordered him to pay 56.93 million won to Kim.[9]


In early 2011, JYP made his acting debut in Dream High, for which he received a nomination for New Actor of the Year at the Baek Sang Arts Awards. In January 2012 he was seen in the sequel to Dream High called Dream High 2.[10]

In 2011, Park made his film debut as Choi Young In, a man on a mission to hand-deliver 5 million dollars, in Five Million Dollar Man with Jo Sung-ha and Min Hyo-rin.[11] The film was released on July 19, 2012.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Park Jin-young married Seo Yoon-jeong. In March 2009 the couple announced that they would divorce.[13] On October 10, 2013, he remarried.[14]


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1994: Blue City
  • 1995: Tantara
  • 1997: Summer Jingle Bell
  • 1998: Even After 10 Years
  • 1998: Kiss Me
  • 2001: Game
  • 2007: Back To Stage


  • 2009: Sad Freedom
  • 2012: Spring - 5 Songs for 1 New Love
  • 2013: Halftime
  • 2015: "24/34"



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Wonder Girls Movie Himself Supporting Role
Five Million Dollar Man Choi Young-in Lead Role
2013 Queen of the Night Locksmith Cameo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Dream High Yang Jin-man KBS2 Supporting Role
2011-2012 K-pop Star Season 1 Himself SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment
2012 Dream High 2 Yang Jin-man KBS2 Supporting Role
2012-2013 K-pop Star Season 2 Himself SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment
2013-2014 K-pop Star Season 3
2014-2015 K-pop Star Season 4
2015 Dream Knight The Moon Naver TV Cast Cameo
2015 The Producers Himself KBS2 Cameo, episodes 3-4
2015 Sixteen Himself Mnet Judge
2015-2016 K-pop Star Season 5 Himself SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ The Future of Pop Music? Condé Naste Portfolio Video Interview with Jin-Young Park,
  3. ^ See also, Interview with Rain with Snippets of JYP from 1:44 to 2:20,
  4. ^ Billboard October 31st, 2009 Issue
  5. ^ Park Jin Young 1st Single Album
  6. ^ Kim, Hannah (February 15, 2011). "JYP faces plagiarism again". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kim, JiYeon (September 8, 2011). "Kim Shin Il vs Park Jin Young on Plagiarism". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kim, JiYeon (February 10, 2012). "Court Rules Park Jin Young Guilty of Partial Plagiarism". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (January 25, 2013). "Park Jin-young loses plagiarism appeal". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Park Jin Young Cast for Sequel of "Dream High"". Soompi. November 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ho, Stewart (23 May 2012). "Official Movie Poster for Park Jin Young's Debut Movie Unveiled". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "5 Million Dollar Man Releases Official Trailer Showing JYP Being Ridiculed". June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Bae, Seon-yeong. 스타부부의 이혼 충격, 어떤 속사정과 아픔이... (Star Couples' Divorces, The Inside Story and Pain...). June 2, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  14. ^ Kim, Yon-se (2014-07-01). "JYP tried to sell agency". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  15. ^ "2001 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  16. ^ "2009 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  17. ^ Lee, Nancy (28 June 2012). "20′s Choice Awards: Who Won at the 20’s Choice Awards?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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