Lim Jae-beom[1][3] (Hangul: 임재범; born January 6, 1994),[4] better known as Jay B (Hangul: 제이비; stylized in all caps),[5] and formerly JB,[6] is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actor. Lim is the leader of South Korean boy band group Got7, a member of boy band duo JJ Project and sub-unit Jus2, as well as part of R&B soul crew Offshore as Def..[7][8] He made his small-screen debut through the drama series Dream High 2 in 2012.[9]

Jay B
JAY B in May 2021.jpg
Jay B in May 2021
Born
Lim Jae-beom

(1994-01-06) January 6, 1994 (age 28)
Siheung, Gyeonggi, South Korea
EducationKonkuk University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • dancer
  • model
  • actor
Musical career
Also known as
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
Member of
Korean name
Hangul재범
Hanja
Korean stage name
Hangul

BiographyEdit

Lim Jae-beom was born in Siheung, Gyeonggi Province,[10] and grew up in Goyang.[11] When he was seven, after watching g.o.d. perform, he developed the dream of becoming a singer.[12] He started b-boying in his third year of middle school after failing a school test,[13][14][15][16] dancing with friends at Ilsan, Paju, Boramae and Jeongbalsan station, and taking part in competitions.[17][18] As a b-boy, he used the stage name Defsoul, taking Musiq Soulchild's "Just Friends" music video as inspiration.[19] In 2009 he was scouted by JYP Entertainment at a b-boy competition: he was not interested in attending the audition, but his father pushed him to do so.[20] He subsequently passed the open audition, winning first place with Jinyoung over 10,000 applicants.[21] He became interested in musical composition and hip hop culture as a b-boy,[19] but at the beginning of his idol training, he thought that learning to sing was meaningless, and concentrated only on dancing;[15][16] however, after listening to D'Angelo, he started singing and composing his first songs.[15][16][19]

CareerEdit

2011–2014: Debut and career beginningsEdit

In 2011, Lim was cast in the role of Jang Woo-jae in the television drama Dream High 2,[9] which began airing on January 30, 2012, on KBS for 16 episodes.[22] In order not to be confused with singer Yim Jae-beom, he adopted the stage name of JB.[23] In May 2012, he and fellow trainee Jinyoung debuted as the duo JJ Project with the single album Bounce.[21][24] Their official music video for the title track "Bounce" was released on May 19.[25]

On March 11, 2013, it was announced that he would be appearing as Seo Mi-joon on MBC's new drama When a Man Falls in Love.[26] On January 16, 2014, the two members of JJ Project debuted as part of a seven-member boy band called Got7.[27]

2015–2020: Solo activities and first photo exhibitionEdit

In 2015, he played the lead role in Dream Knight, a web drama, as a superhero version of himself, alongside his fellow Got7 members, featuring actress Song Ha-yoon as the female lead role.[28][29]

In 2018, together with group mate Yugyeom, he participated in the art collaboration project Collaboran for carbonated mineral water brand Perrier with American multimedia artist Ben Jones. The creation process was later revealed through a reality show in May.[30]

On March 5, 2019, he and Yugyeom debuted as Jus2, a sub-unit of Got7, with their EP Focus and its lead single "Focus on Me".[31] On June 6, 2019, he attended the event for Saint Laurent 20SS Men's Collection in Los Angeles as a representative of Korea.[32] In December 2019, he launched the JB Collection, a summer-themed clothing line in collaboration with Represent, which went on sale for two weeks and sold 35,940 items.[33]

He also writes songs as Defsoul[1] or Def.,[2] both for Got7 and the Offshore crew;[34] with the latter, he released two compilation extended plays, Scene #1 on June 24, 2019,[35] and Scene #2 on March 26, 2020.[36] On April 13, 2020, he became the first male K-pop idol on the cover of a digital issue for American magazine Allure.[34][37] As Def., he held his first photo exhibition named Alone on October 6–12, 2020, in Seoul.[38][39]

2021–present: Departure from JYP Entertainment, SOMO:Fume and Love.Edit

On January 19, 2021, following the expiration of his contract, he left JYP Entertainment.[40] On February 20, 2021, with the release of Got7's single "Encore", he started using the new stage name Jay B.[41]

On May 11, 2021, it was announced that Jay B signed an exclusive contract with H1ghr Music, an international hip hop and R&B record label founded by Korean American musician Jay Park and long time Seattle affiliate Cha Cha Malone.[42][43] Three days later, he made a debut as a solo artist by releasing his new single "Switch It Up" featuring rapper Sokodomo,[8] which entered at number 12 on the Gaon Download Chart.[44] The R&B track was self-written and self-composed by Lim with Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone, who also produced it.[45] The lyrics of "Switch It Up" talk about love, while the title conveys that his life is going to change.[8] On May 25, 2021, Lim made his debut on the Billboard R&B Digital Song Sales Chart at number six,[46] becoming the first Korean soloist to debut on this chart.[47] He also became the third Korean soloist to chart on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Digital Song Sales Chart with "Switch It Up" entering at number 18.[47][48][49]

On July 30, 2021, he became the first cover star for the launching of TMRW Magazine Korea. The 100-page magazine had been curated with Lim himself and featured an exclusive interview, photoshoot and his own film photographies.[50] In August, he appeared on MBC's singing competition show King of Mask Singer as "Toad's House" on episode 319.[51]

On August 26, 2021, his first EP, SOMO:Fume and the music video of the title track "B.T.W (Feat. Jay Park)" were released both digitally and physically.[52] As part of the album promotions, Jay B held his first solo global fan meeting, "SOMO:Fume, Style of My Own:Fume", on September 25 through online platform Bbangya TV,[53] while the official merchandise launched to commemorate the release of the EP, which went on sale for one week from September 2,[54] was sold out in five days.[55] An offline pop-up store selling additional items was subsequently opened in Seoul for two weeks from October 1, 2021.[56]

In September, he also participated in "Feel the Rhythm of Korea 2", a promotional campaign sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization, for which he sang "I'm Surfin'", a re-interpretation of traditional song "Niliria" (늴리리야; Nuilliri-ya), which was released on September 3 along a music video.[57] On September 27, Jay B launched his second clothing line with Represent, "Live Without Regrets", under his moniker Def.[58] On October 18, he collaborated with Italian singer-songwriter and producer Fudasca on the single "Is It A Dream?",[59] while in November, he starred in the new Adidas Originals winter campaign, "Open Spirit", along with Blackpink.[60]

On January 26, 2022, Jay B released his first physical extended play as Def., Love.,[61][62] which was listed among the best albums and EPs of the first half of the year by Bandwagon.[63]

On June 18, 2022, he held the "Nostalgic" solo fancon at Jangchung Arena to commemorate ten years since his debut.[64] At the event, which was followed by more than 10,000 people both online and offline, he performed the new song "Rocking Chair".[65]

On July 25, 2022, it was announced the exclusive contract between Jay B and H1ghr Music has ended and he has signed with CDNZA Records.[66][67]

Personal lifeEdit

Jay B was diagnosed with clinical depression as well as panic disorder, and has since taken prescribed medication for them.[68]

During his younger years, his parents divorced due to his father's drinking problem, and his mother later remarried.[69] His family runs a tomato farm in Ilsan.[70]

On September 12, 2014, he was involved in a minor car accident while the driver was trying to change lanes to avoid a parked car when a bus came up behind, causing their car to hit a van. Neither Jay B nor his staff suffered major injuries.[71]

In 2016, he was unable to participate in several Got7's Fly Tour concerts and a M!Countdown performance due to a spinal disc injury.[72][73] He returned for the Fly in Singapore concert at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 24, showing a full recovery.[74]

Jay B majored in film at Konkuk University.[75][76]

PhilanthropyEdit

On November 24, 2017, it was revealed that he had donated 10 million won to the Pohang Earthquake Relief Fund under his real name.[77]

On February 27, 2020, he donated 10 million won to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was revealed that he quietly donated money under his real name, Lim Jae-beom, rather than his active name with a request not to disclose his donation to the outside world.[78]

After being appointed an ambassador for ChildFund Korea (Green Umbrella Children's Foundation) in 2018, Jay B has continued to donate to the organization over the years to help unprivileged children.[79][80] In 2021 he donated the profits from the sales of his SOMO:Fume merchandise and his Def. Represent collection to support families in need caused by COVID-19 and abused children, reaching ₩100 million and thus being appointed as an official member of the Green Noble Club in December.[80]

On January 18, 2022, he donated ₩50 million for the Goyang Love Sharing Hope campaign to establish an emergency support system for gaps in welfare in Goyang.[81][82]

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR[83] JPN[84]
SOMO:Fume 5 33
Love.
(as Def.)
  • Released: January 26, 2022
  • Label: Warner Music Korea
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
3

MixtapesEdit

Title Album details Track listing
1/? vol. 1
  • Released: December 31, 2016[88]
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Holic"
  2. "Don't Worry"
  3. "Sin" feat. Jomalxne
  4. "Lost"
  5. "Bad Habit" feat. Jomalxne
1/? vol. 2
  • Released: January 22, 2018
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Think of You"
  3. "Channel" feat. Jeebanoff, Jomalxne
  4. "Don't Touch Me"
  5. "Pray"
  6. "Outro"
1/? vol. 2 (Remix)
  • Released: April 30, 2018
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Don't Touch Me (Deepshower Remix)"
  2. "Channel (BRLLNT Remix)"
  3. "Think of You (Plan8 Remix)"
1/? vol. 3
  • Released: November 10, 2018
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Sometime"
  2. "Be With You"
  3. "Don't Care"
  4. "Island" feat. Jomalxne
  5. "Blind"
1/? vol. 4
  • Released: August 4, 2019[89]
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Something Special"
  2. "Desire"
  3. "Deeper"
  4. "Runaway"
  5. "Stopline" feat. Rick Bridges
1/? vol. 5
  • Released: October 28, 2019
  • Label: –
  • Format: Streaming
  1. "Ring"
  2. "Diary"
  3. "Nothing"
  4. "Curiosi"
  5. "Come Back to Me"

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR[90][91]
As lead artist
"Rainy" 2018 Hyena on the Keyboard Part. 4
"Switch It Up"
(feat. Sokodomo)
2021 [a] SOMO:Fume
"B.T.W"
(feat. Jay Park)
130
"Fame"
(feat. Junny)
[b]
"Is It A Dream?"
(Def. and Fudasca)
Non-album single
"Sunset With You"
(Def.)
2022 152 Love.
"Hello 2.0 (Legends Only)"
(James Reid, Jay B and ØZI)
Non-album single
"BRB"
(Cha Cha Malone, GroovyRoom, Haon, Sik-K, Trade L,
Big Naughty, PH-1, Park Hyeon-jin, Jay Park, Jay B)
"Lone Wolf (3:00 AM)" (풀리지 않는 고민) (3:00 am))
(Skinny Brown, Kim Seungmin, Jay B, Big Naughty)
Listen-Up EP.3
As featured artist
"Just Because" (그냥 한번)
(Baek A-yeon feat. JB of Got7)
2016 12 Non-album single
"Hush"
(Primary feat. JB of Got7)
2017 99 Pop
"Celebrate"
(Jomalxne feat. Yonko, Def.)
$ummertime Mixtape[95]
"Higher"
(Deepshower feat. JB)
2018 Colors[96]
"Callin'"
(Jeebanoff feat. Def.)
2020 Good Thing. (Remix)[97]
"Dream" (꿈)
(Wavycake and Ovus feat. Def.)
REALusion
"In December (Sad Night)" (12월엔 (Sad Night))
($ün feat. Def.)
White
"Memory"
(s/s feat. Def.)
2021 Seesaw
"P.S."
(Mirani feat. Jay B)
Uptown Girl
"Thought of You" (생각했어)[98]
(Ourealgoat feat. Jay B)
Non-album single
"Nostalgia"[99]
(Junny feat. Jay B)
Nostalgia
"Night"[100]
(NXPS feat. Def.)
2022 Non-album single
"Windy Day" (바람이 나를 안을 때)
(Bigone feat. Jay B)
As part of Offshore
"Surfin"
(Mirror Boy feat. Def., Jomalxne)
2019 Scene #1[101]
"Laze"
(Roseinpeace feat. Def., Jomalxne)
"Play"
(Roseinpeace feat. Jomalxne, Def., HNMR)
"Simple"
(Def.)
2020 Scene #2[102]
"Smoke" (연기)
(Def., Jomalxne)
"Take a Walk"
(iHwak, HNMR, Def.)
"Sweet Dream"
(Def.)
Cut #1[103]
"Just Stay"
(Def., Junny)
"Cold Night"
(Def., HNMR, Jomalxne)
2021 Scene #3[104]
"Just Stay" (Remastered)
(Def., Junny)
"Call Me"
(Jomalxne, Def.)
"Sweet Dream" (Remastered)
(Def.)
Soundtrack appearances
"New Dreaming"
(with Park Seo-joon)
2012 Dream High 2 OST
"Together"
(with Park Ji-yeon)
"Forever Love" 2015 Dream Knight OST
"U&I"
(with Jackson Wang)
2017 The Package OST
"U&I (Chinese Version)"
(with Jackson Wang)
"Be With You" 2019 A Day Before Us Zero OST
"Dive Into You" 2022 [c] Crazy Love OST

Songwriting creditsEdit

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[106]

FilmographyEdit

DramasEdit

Year Title Role Note Ref.
2012 Dream High 2 JB/Jang Woo-jae
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Seo Mi-joon
2015 Dream Knight JB Korean-Chinese online drama by JYPE and Youku Tudou

Television showsEdit

Year Title Role Note Ref.
2012 The Romantic & Idol Regular member Season 1, with Jun. K, Mir, Park Hyung-sik, Son Ji-hyun, Oh Seung-ah, Jei and Shin Hye-jeong
2016 Celebrity Bromance Cast member Season 12 with Yoo Youngjae (B.A.P) [108]
2017 Law of the Jungle Cast member in Cook Islands (episodes 293–298) [109][110]
2018 Hyena on the Keyboard Producer Episodes 6-8
2019 Prison Life of Fools Cast member Episodes 1–6, 13–18, 23–24 [111]
2021 King of Mask Singer Contestant As Toad's House (episode 319) [51]
2022 The Origin Judge [112]

Radio showsEdit

Year Title Role Note Ref.
2015 Kiss The Radio Special host with Youngjae (October 15)
2020 Idol Radio Special host with Yugyeom (episode 571, April 26)
with Youngjae (episodes 572 and 574, April 27 and 28)
2021—2022 StationZ: Jay B's R&B DJ Every Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to April 27, 2022 [113]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Director Notes Ref.
2012 "Together" Jay B, Jiyeon Dream High 2 OST
2017 "U & I" Jay B, Jackson The Package OST
2018 "Sunrise" Got7 Naive Creative Production Solo song from Got7's album Present: You
2019 "Be With You" Jay B A Day Before Us Season ZERO OST
2021 "B.T.W" Jay B feat. Jay Park Beomjin (Paranoid Paradigm)
"AM PM" Jay B feat. Wheein
"Fame" Jay B feat. Junny
"Thought of You" (생각했어) Ourealgoat feat. Jay B Sillyello
"Nostalgia" (Lyric Video Ver.) Junny feat. Jay B
2022 "Sunset With You" Def. It's Not Spring
"Hello 2.0 (Legends Only)" James Reid, Jay B and ØZI
"Windy Day" (바람이 나를 안을 때) Bigone feat. Jay B Oh Ji-hwan
"Dive Into You" Jay B Crazy Love OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
APAN Music Awards 2020 Best All Rounder Jay B Won [114]
Asia Artist Awards 2021 Popularity Award – Male Solo Singer Nominated [115]
U+Idol Live Popularity Award – Male Solo Singer Nominated [116]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Switch It Up" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at no. 12 on the Gaon Download Chart.[44]
  2. ^ "Fame" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at no. 87 on the Gaon Download Chart.[92]
  3. ^ "Dive Into You" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but peaked at no. 120 on the Gaon Download Chart.[105]

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