Teddy Park

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Teddy Park
Native name 박홍준
Born Park Hong-jun
(1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Teddy Park
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts
Website 1TYM's Website
Teddy Park
Hangul 박홍준
Revised Romanization Bak Hong-jun
McCune–Reischauer Pak Hong-chun
Stage name
Hangul 테디 박
Revised Romanization Tedi Bak
McCune–Reischauer T'edi Pak

Hong-jun Park (born September 14, 1978),[1] better known by his stage name Teddy Park or TEDDY, is a Korean-American rapper, songwriter, and one of the most famed record producers in Asia. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Park moved to the United States as a young child with his family. In his junior year of high school, Park and his best friend Danny Im bonded over a common interest in hip-hop. During summer vacation that year, they flew to South Korea to audition for YG Entertainment, an underground hip-hop label at the time. Both were signed immediately, Park was 17 years old while Im was 16; and after finishing high school in the States, both moved to South Korea to pursue music.

In 1998, Park debuted in the hip hop group 1TYM, composed of his friend Danny, Jinhwan, Baekyoung, and himself.[2] Together, the group recorded five studio albums that were met with moderate success at the time of their release. Today, their influence have far exceeded their sales and 1TYM is considered an integral part of Korean hip-hop history. From the second album, Park became the primary songwriter and producer on almost all the tracks. At 22 years old, he began producing for other artists on the label, most of whom were much older and more experienced than him.[3]

After his performing career with 1TYM ended in 2005, Teddy Park became an in-house producer for YG Entertainment. He has worked on substantial amounts of BIGBANG's material, the entirety of 2NE1's first extended play, the majority of 2NE1's studio album To Anyone, and Uhm Jung-hwa's "D.I.S.C.O."[4][5]

In 2016, he founded the independent label THE BLACK LABEL, a subsidiary of K-pop conglomerate YG Entertainment. The label currently houses Zion.T, Korea's second best selling artist of 2015 after BIGBANG.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Teddy Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to New York City as a young child. Park was heavily bullied there; his father got a transfer to the city of Diamond Bar, California, where he attended Diamond Bar High School. There, he met Im Taebin, and together they bonded over a love of rap music. They auditioned together at Brothers Entertainment, and got accepted. There, they learned about YG Entertainment. They moved to South Korea, where Park attended Myongji University, majoring in English. However, he soon moved to Seoul to start activities with newly formed group 1TYM. He is fluent in English and Korean.[citation needed]

1998–2005: Work with 1TYM[edit]

Main article: 1TYM

While with 1TYM, the group produced five studio albums. In 1998, they debuted with One Time for Your Mind with a hip hop music style. Park was primarily a rapper and had little input in the songs outside of writing his own lyrics.

One Time for Your Mind was followed by 2nd Round in 2000 and Third Time Fo' Yo' Mind in 2003. Park began to have more input into the songs, and had a more prominent role in producing.

After the initial three albums, 1TYM released Once N 4 All. After this, they went on a two-year hiatus in which member Taebin released his own solo debut album. 1TYM came back with One Way in 2005, their fifth and last studio album. 1TYM went on hiatus after One Way due to Oh Jinhwan's military service.[citation needed]

2006–present: Producer for YG Entertainment[edit]

Starting in 2006, after 1TYM started its hiatus, Teddy began to produce for his label. His first major production outside of work with 1TYM was "La La La" from Seven's album Sevolution.[6]

From late 2006 to early 2009, Park produced for up-and-coming boy band Big Bang.[2] He had a part in their hit song "Sunset Glow" most notably.[4]

In 2008, Teddy introduced a friend whom he went to high school with to Yang Hyun Suk, known now as Choice37.

In 2009, Park began to become more active as a producer. "Lollipop," a collaboration between Big Bang and new girl group 2NE1, was made by Teddy and topped the Gaon Chart during April.[7] While producing for 2NE1, Park was offered to work for superstar Lady Gaga, but refused due to his prior commitment to 2NE1[4] He turned his attention back to 2NE1 and had a part in the production of all of 2NE1's debut extended play, 2NE1.[5] In addition, Teddy produced much of Big Bang member Taeyang's solo album [2] and was featured in leader G-Dragon's song "The Leaders."[8] Near the end of the year, 10Asia named Teddy Park as one of the top 10 people of 2009 for his participation in some of the year's biggest k-pop hits.[citation needed]

Teddy Park composed Seven's lead promotional single in 2010, "Better Together," in addition to other songs from Digital Bounce. After work on Seven's album, Park began working on 2NE1's first studio album, To Anyone. Two of the three main singles, "Can't Nobody" and "Go Away," were composed by Park.[6]

In the first half of 2013 Teddy produced Lee Hi hit single "Rose", 2NE1's leader CL's solo debut single "The Baddest Female" and Kang Seung-yoon YG debut "WILD & YOUNG".

In 2016 he composed and produced the albums 'Square One' and 'Square Two' for the newest girl group formed by YG Entertainment BLACKPINK, along with R.Tee, Seo Won Jin and Bekuh BOOM. Their debut singles hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and the fastest act to do so, and only the third Korean artist to hold the top two positions after Psy and Big Bang. "Whistle" topped the digital, download, streaming and mobile chart of Gaon Chart of August 2016. They also reached number one on the weekly, popularity, music video, and K-pop music video chart of China’s biggest music-streaming website QQ Music. Their win in Inkigayo broke the record for girl group with the shortest time to win on a music program after debut (14 days).

Musical style and influences[edit]

Teddy's production style is noted for heavy influences from contemporary R&B. In addition, he has been noted for using reggae in his songs. Park stated that his own work from 2NE1's debut EP was highly reggae-influenced.[9] Later, on 2NE1's full-length album and subsequent mini-album, he uses pop and dance music styles, often featuring house elements.[10]


For Teddy Park's works with 1TYM, see 1TYM § Discography.



  1. ^ "Casting Profile: Teddy". Brothers Entertainment. Brothers Entertainment. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Gil, Hye-seong (July 30, 2009). 테디 "아이돌 때보다 프로듀서인 지금이 더 행복"(인터뷰) [Teddy, "Idol producer, now more than happy" (Interview)]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "1TYM". YG Entertainment (in Korean). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Lee, Su-hyeon (May 25, 2009). "'원타임' 테디, 2NE1 위해 레이디가가 작곡 '거절'" ['1TYM' Teddy, rejects working with Lady Gaga because of 2NE1]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b According to the content on 2NE1 and To Anyone's album jackets.
  6. ^ a b Kim Gwan-myeong (October 1, 2010). 9월 음원차트, ★작곡가 이름값 '제대로' 했다 [September music charts, popular composers respected]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gaon Chart Search: 2NE1". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ According to the content on Heartbreaker's album jacket.
  9. ^ Moon, Hwa-sik (July 1, 2009). "2NE1 첫 미니 타이틀 'I don't care' 1일 전격 공개" [2NE1 first mini album titled 'I Don't Care', public blitz]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ Park, Yeong-ung (September 10, 2010). "'컴백' 2NE1, 댄스 타이틀곡 '고 어웨이' 뮤비 공개" ['Comeback', 2NE1 dance song "Go Away" music video released]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 

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