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My Idol Photostory: JinYoung of GOT7

It’s officially been a whole five years since GOT7’s JinYoung first debuted with JJ Project, and yet we’re still discovering more and more things we love about him! 

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With his killer smile and effortless choreography, JinYoung is definitely an idol making an impact on today’s K-Pop scene. For this week’s ‘My Idol’ weekly feature, we’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know about him – and giving his fans plenty of pics to drool over along the way. Let’s find out more about GOT7’s JinYoung below! 

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Park JinYoung was born September 22, 1994 in Jinhae-gu, a small city not too far from Busan in South Korea’s Gyeongsang Province. He first became a trainee with JYP Entertainment back in 2009, training alongside not only his fellow GOT7 members, but other popular idols like Suzy and MONSTA X’s ShowNu.

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JinYoung has a range of talents, but perhaps his most notable one is his dancing ability. Dancing has always been one of his favorite activities, and when he decided he wanted to try becoming an idol, he spent much of his childhood in dance studios and attending dance classes. Looks like all of that hard work paid off!

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JinYoung is also known for his scholarly side. Not only is he a total bookworm, but he loves having GOT7’s English-speaking members help him practice his language skills. (And maybe we’re a little biased, but we think he’s getting pretty good!)

 

JinYoung first debuted as one-half of the duo JJ Project alongside fellow GOT7 member JB. Due to the fact he shares the same name as JYP Entertainment founder Park JinYoung, he was given the affectionate stage name JR – or “Junior.” Who else thought “Bounce” was a total jam?

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JJ Project joined the idol-packed cast of the musical drama “Dream High 2,” where they played two talented students attending the academy. Our favorite scene? Well, there’s definitely a lot of them, but we are absolutely living for his “Troublemaker” cover dance with a very pre-debut NaYeon of TWICE.

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Not too soon after, it was announced that JJ Project would be returning as a seven-member boy group. GOT7 debuted on December 13, 2014, and a month later, released their very first music video, entitled “Girls Girls Girls.” (Can you believe this debut picture? Our boys grew up so fast!)

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However, it wasn’t long before the acting bug started biting again, and JinYoung began solo activities as an actor. With his boyish good looks and quiet charm, he was often cast for puppy love-style storylines, causing some Korean media to begin nicknaming him a national “first love.”

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“Actor Park” became so popular that it wasn’t long before he made his big screen debut! In 2016, he played the starring role in the melodrama film “A Stray Goat,” which was first released at the 17th Jeonju Film Festival. JinYoung received rave reviews for his emotional performance.

 

Currently, JinYoung co-hosts the popular weekly music program “Inkigayo” alongside BLACKPINK’s JiSoo and NCT’s DoYoung. The trio – who are affectionately nicknamed “JinJiDo” by fans – have gained an incredible amount of attention due to their strong visuals and shared chemistry on camera.

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JinYoung’s career has been a wild one, and it’s only getting started. We’re so excited to see not only where he expands as a solo talent, but all the greatness GOT7 will achieve!

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Keep supporting GOT7, and keep rooting for JinYoung!

My Idol Photostory: JiSoo of BLACKPINK

Think you know everything there is to know about BLACKPINK’s visual member JiSoo?

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It’s Friday, and it’s time for us to introduce you to Kpopmap’s My Idol of the week – JiSoo of BLACKPINK! Currently in the middle of promoting their comeback (and debuting in Japan!), the girls of BLACKPINK are continuing to make their mark on the current K-Pop scene. And one of our favorite parts of watching the girls promote is being able to see more of JiSoo’s unpredictable, adorable personality!

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My Idol Photostory: JiSoo of BLACKPINK

This stunning beauty is none other than Kim JiSoo, the visual of BLACKPINK – although fans affectionately refer to her as “Chuu.” JiSoo was born on January 3, 1995 in Gwacheon, a city just outside Seoul in South Korea’s Gyeongi Province.

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JiSoo began training under YG Entertainment back in July of 2011. When she was a trainee, she was approached by SM Entertainment, who wanted her to join their agency instead – but we’re glad she didn’t do it! BLACKPINK wouldn’t have been the same without her.

 

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JiSoo spent her trainee years as a commercial model, scoring gigs with companies as big as electronics brand Nikon. She even got the chance to model Samsonite Red bags alongside Hallyu star Lee Min Ho – easily any female trainee’s dream!

 

But perhaps our favorite JiSoo ad campaign was her LG commercial series with YG labelmates iKON. Set up like a short drama series, we got to see JiSoo sharing love lines with B.I., JinHwan, and even Bobby.

 

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(If JiSoo’s Bobby back hug doesn’t give you the feels, we don’t know what will!)

 

Pre-debut JiSoo also appeared in two of our favorite YG artist music videos – Epik High’s “Happen Ending/Spoiler” and Hi SuHyun’s “I’m Different,” where she played the girlfriend of iKON’s Bobby.

 

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(No, seriously, you guys. Does anyone else think Papa YG secretly ships them together?)

 

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She finished off her trainee days making her drama debut on the KBS series “The Producers,” starring Kim SooHyun, IU, and Gong HyoJin. Guest starring in an episode, she got to act alongside Sandara Park, WINNER’s Kang Seung Yoon, and BOYFRIEND’s MinWoo.

 

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On August 8, 2016, BLACKPINK made their debut with the singles “Whistle” and “Boombayah.” The two tracks secured the first and second spot on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart, breaking a record as the fastest musical act to do so. 

 

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BLACKPINK’s overnight success made anticipation for their first variety show appearance extremely high. And in November 2016, the girls appeared as special guests on SBS’s “Running Man,” where they killed it with their playful interactions and silly sense of humor.

 

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(And, in our opinion, a 4-D star was born.)

 

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A few months later, JiSoo was selected to host popular music program “Inkigayo.” Her co-hosts are NCT’s DoYoung and GOT7’s JinYoung, adding another reason why we think JiSoo is one of the luckiest girls of all time.

 

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(Working with super babes must be really hard.)

 

Probably one of the most memorable moments she’s had on the show thus far is when she made her MC debut dancing to Ariana Grande’s “Side To Side.”

 

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These days JiSoo might seem like she has a pretty hectic schedule, but one of the most JiSoo things about her is that she will always take the time to greet fans and accept some gifts when they come to visit her at “Inkigayo.” She’s the coolest!

 

What’s up after BLACKPINK’s summer comeback? Details are still up in the air. But all we know is that we’ll keep supporting BLACKPINK and JiSoo as they continue to slay the K-Pop scene.

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My Idol Photostory: Johnny Of NCT 127

As one of the two newest members to the NCT 127 sub-unit, NCT member Johnny has hardly had time to make an impact – yet he’s quickly been making his way to the top of everyone’s idol bias list.

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With his ‘bad boy’ rap flow and stageside bravado, Johnny has quickly proven himself to be vital part of NCT – and a worthy K-Pop artist to feature in our ‘My Idol’ weekly feature. Find out all the 411 on NCT 127’s Johnny below!

Johnny Seo was born Seo YoungHo on February 9, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. He was discovered at the Chicago stop of SM Entertainment’s global auditions back in September 2007. 

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Johnny was picked up by the agency for his musicality and b-boy dancing skills. One of his special talents is piano playing, and during his time promoting with SM Rookies, he was given the opportunity to play piano for fans.

As NCT’s resident Korean-American, Johnny (along with fellow member Mark from Canada) is often asked to communicate with international fans in English. However, English and Korean aren’t the only languages he knows! He can also speak a little Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese, as seen in the clip below.

Johnny began training with SM Entertainment back in 2008. During his training period, it was rumored he was supposed to become a member of EXO, but was kept from debuting. However, Johnny has since dispelled the rumors, saying that while he did train alongside EXO members, debuting through EXO was never really part of the plan.

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In December 2013, he was finally introduced to K-Pop fans through the label’s SM Rookies trainee team project. During his time as an SM Rookie, he performed as a part of the male dance unit SR14B, alongside ex-SM trainee Hansol and future NCT group mates Taeyong, Yuta, JaeHyun, and Ten.

 

2016 was the year that Johnny was able to show off a whole different talent – DJing! He took the stage as DJ Johnny at the 2016 Spectrum Dance Music Festival, working the turntables as a part of SM Entertainment’s special Dreamcatcher stage.
In October of the same year, he also appeared as the featured DJ for the SM STATION industrial rock track “Nightmare,” collaborating with Yoon Do Hyun, Reddy, G2, and INLAYER.
Finally, in January 2017, Johnny made his NCT debut through the unit group NCT 127’s single “Limitless,” where he captured fans’ hearts with his boyishly masculine rap delivery and equally limitless body rolling. (Hit those body rolls, Johnny! Get it!)

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Johnny returned with the rest of the group in June with NCT 127’s most recent single “Cherry Bomb,” which nabbed them their very first music program on Mnet’s “M!Countdown.”

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The growing popularity of NCT as a whole has definitely helped Johnny gain popularity as well! Since debuting, Johnny has been showing off his versatility as a 4-D idol and expanding into other projects.

Most recently, he replaced group member DoYoung as a male idol make-up guru on the second season of the beauty variety show “Lipstick Prince.” Check out his promo for the program and bask in his dreaminess.

He has been also co-hosting SBS Power FM’s “NCT’s Night Night” radio show with fellow NCT member JaeHyun, something that he says has really helped him brush up on his Korean speaking skills.

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2017 has been a huge year for this rookie idol, and we’re only halfway through it. We’re excited to see what else Johnny has in store for his first year. There’s no doubt that his career’s about to soar!

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Keep supporting NCT, and keep rooting for Johnny!

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