: Park Jae-beom
: 박재범; Hanja
: 朴載範); born April 25, 1987) is a Korean American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, model, dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur, actor and a member of the Seattle
crew, Art of Movement
(AOM), and founder and CEO of the independent hip hop record label AOMG
and his new global label H1GHR Music. He also signed with the record label Roc Nation
, becoming the first Asian American to do so.
Park started as a b-boy
and dancer, known for his charismatic performances and stage presence. Park was described as a "born entertainer" by Korean pop singer Patti Kim
, and The New York Times
quoted the president of digital music distributor DFSB Kollective describing Park as "not just an artist, but also his own PR agent, fan club president, and TV network."
Park initially rose to fame as the leader of South Korean boy band 2PM
, formed by record label JYP Entertainment
in 2008, after having previously been a trainee for four years. In September 2009, Park returned home to Seattle after comments he wrote about Korea in 2005 as a teenager were publicized by the Korean media; Park officially left the group in early 2010. In March 2010, Park uploaded a cover video of B.o.B
's hit "Nothin' on You
", with his own rap and lyrics, to YouTube, which went viral
and reached over 2,000,000 views in less than 24 hours, leading to the release of Park's first EP, Count on Me
in July 2010, which debuted at number one on the Gaon
chart. Park returned to South Korea in June 2010 for the filming of Hype Nation
, while being represented by Digital Media Wire's CEO and entertainment attorney Ned Sherman, and in July 2010, Park signed a contract with SidusHQ
, one of the largest agencies in South Korea, re-debuting as a solo singer and an actor.
Park's first mini album, Take a Deeper Look
, released in 2011, went multi-platinum
in South Korea. Park became the first ever artist crowned winner on a debut stage by winning on KBS
' Music Bank
", and was the only solo artist to win "Record of the Year" at the 2011 Golden Disk Awards
. Later in 2011, Park released singles "Demon
", and "Star", co-starred in the Korean movie, Mr. Idol
, and joined the cast of KBS' Immortal Songs 2
. At the end of 2011, Park released an EP, New Breed Part 1
; the precursor to Park's first full-length album. Read more...