Jungkook has grown to become a phenomenon and trendsetter in the Korean entertainment industry. He is a well-loved singer, songwriter and record producer who doubles as the main vocalist in the boy band BTS. Despite living under the spotlight, Jungkook has managed to set himself aside from the rest of the pack. He is known for his humility, kindness and has been described as the perfect idol. Indeed, he is worth all the love he receives from fans. Let’s explore more about his life and career.
Born in Busan, South Korea on the 1st of September 1997, Jungkook was raised alongside his elder brother. He attended elementary and middle school in Baekyang, Busan. He finished his middle school and other consequent education in Seoul after he became a trainee. While he was young, he wanted to become a badminton player but changed his mind after he saw G-Dragon perform on television. He just wanted to become a singer thereafter.
When he was 14 years old, he auditioned for the talent show Superstar K at Daegu. Although he wasn’t selected, he received seven casting offers from different entertainment companies. He then decided to be a trainee with Big Hit Entertainment. Jungkook understood the need to go all out in achieving one’s dreams. In preparation for his debut, he went to Movement Lifestyle in Los Angeles to work on his dance skills in the summer of 2012. Prior to his debut, he appeared as a dancer in several music videos.
On the 12th of June 2013, Jungkook made his debut as a part of a seven-boy band named BTS under Big Hit Entertainment with the song ‘2 Cool 4 Skool’. The band has had major successes both in South Korea and America. In 2017, he graduated from the arts high school – Seoul’s School of Performing Arts. Thereafter, he decided not to take the Korean nationwide entrance exam but enrolled in the Global Cyber University where he is currently studying alongside his BTS bandmates.
Other Facts You Need To Know About Jungkook
1. His Work as a Producer and Solo Tracks in BTS
Jungkook has shown how one can come a long way if he is dedicated and hard-working. Despite being the youngest in the group, he has made valuable inputs and contributions. He has been credited as the main producer for 2 of BTS’ songs (“Magic Shop” and “Love is Not Over”).
He has also done 2 solo tracks on their group albums. In their 2016 album Wings, he sang the pop track titled “Begin” which told the story of how he moved to Seoul at a young age to become an idol. In the song, he also expressed his gratitude to his band members for taking care of him. His second solo track titled “Euphoria” was released with a 9 minutes short film on the 5th of April 2018. It was an introduction to the 3rd part of the BTS “Love Yourself” series.
The song was produced by DJ Swivel. It charted on the Gaon Digital Chart for thirteen weeks and was number 5 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart. He was also part of the 2015 “One Dream, One Korea” campaign. He participated in a song collaboration with several Korean artists in memory of the Korean War.
2. His Influence and Impact
The BTS band are known for their large social media influence. Jungkook in particular is well-loved for several reasons ranging from his humility, kindness and of course his looks. As “figures and data don’t lie,” in the 2018 Gallup Korea survey, Jungkook ranked as the 8th most loved celebrity of the year. He was also on number one for 10 weeks in a row as “the most beloved celebrity in China” in the magazine HI China’s list. He broke the record of the most real-time viewers when he did a solo live broadcast on V Live with over 3.7 million viewers. A video of him singing in his studio became 2018s’ most retweeted tweet in South Korea.
During a live stream, a wine Jungkook was drinking sold out shortly after the broadcast. When he revealed in January 2019 that he uses the Downy fabric softener for his laundry, there was a major unexpected spike in the brand sales that the company’s stock value rose by more than 11% in one day. He was found to be reading the book “I Decided to Live as Me” by Kim Soo-Hyun, it became a best-seller in Korea and Japan selling 150,000 copies in three months in Japan.
More so, after appearing at the airport in a “Modern Hanbok” outfit, the company’s server went down due to traffic on their site and they had to delay delivery for three weeks to meet up with the demand. Perhaps, it appears that Jungkook has the Midas touch.
3. Awards, Accolades, and Recognition
Jungkook has won several musical awards alongside his bandmates. Personally, he won the 2019 “Global Instagrammer award”. For the impact of their music in the entertainment industry and Korea generally, the president of South Korea ordained Jungkook along with his band members with the fifth class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit on the 25th of October 2018.
4. Jungkook’s Net Worth
Jungkook has earned money as a part of the BTS band and from his several other endeavors. He is a brand influencer and earns money from endorsements. That being said, his net worth has been estimated to be about $8 million.