Jeon Jung-kook (Hangul: 전정국; born September 1, 1997), better known mononymously as Jungkook, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band BTS. As a songwriter, he has six songs accredited to his name by the Korea Music Copyright Association.
Jungkook was born on September 1, 1997 in Busan, South Korea. His family consists of his mother, father, and two-year older brother. He attended Baekyang Elementary and Middle School in Busan, then when he became a trainee transferred to Singu Middle School in Seoul. Jungkook initially had dreams of becoming a badminton player when he was young, but after seeing G-Dragon perform “Heartbreaker” on television, it influenced him to want to become a singer.
In 2011, Jungkook auditioned for the South Korean talent show Superstar K during its auditions in Daegu. Though he was not selected for the television series, Jungkook received casting offers from seven entertainment companies, but chose to become a trainee at Big Hit Entertainment after seeing RM perform. To work on his dance skills in preparation for his debut, he trained with Movement Lifestyle in Los Angeles during the summer of 2012. In June 2012, he appeared in Jo Kwon’s “I’m Da One” music video. He also worked as a backup dancer for the disbanded group Glam before his debut. He graduated from Seoul’s School of Performing Arts, a high school, in 2017. In November 2016 he decided to forgo taking the CSATs, Korea’s nationwide university entrance exam, and is currently enrolled at Global Cyber University, along with 5 other BTS members, Suga, RM, Jhope, Jimin, and V.
On June 12, 2013, Jungkook made his debut as a member of BTS with the release of the single 2 Cool 4 Skool. Under BTS, he released two solo tracks; the first was a pop track entitled “Begin” on the 2016 album Wings, about moving to Seoul to become an idol and meeting BTS members. The second, a future bass track entitled “Euphoria”, was originally released as part of a BTS short film entitled “Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself 起 Wonder” and later on Love Yourself: Answer. Euphoria, co-produced by DJ Swivel, charted at number five on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and charted for 13 weeks on the Gaon Digital Chart.
Jungkook has also been credited as the main producer on a few of BTS’ songs, including “Love is Not Over” and “Magic Shop”. With the rest of BTS, Jungkook was ordained with the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea on October 25, 2018.
In September 2015, he participated in the “One Dream, One Korea” campaign and its corresponding song, a collaboration between multiple Korean artists in memory of the Korean War. The song was released on September 24 and presented at the One K Concert in Seoul on October 15 of that year.
Jungkook has released various covers of songs from artists such as Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Tori Kelly, Troye Sivan, and David Guetta. He covered Korean artists as well such as Zion.T, Roy Kim, and Lee Hi.
In 2016, Jungkook was cast in shows the pilot episode of Flower Crew and appeared on Celebrity Bromance. He also appeared in the show King of Mask Singer under the name “Fencing Man” competing in episodes 71 and 72, respectively. In December of the same year, he participated in the 2016 KBS Song Festival interpreting the song “I’m a Butterfly”, along with other artists forming the “K-Pop 97 Line”. In 2018 the Korean musical channel Mnet invited Jungkook to be an honorary director for BTS’ comeback show to celebrate the release of the album Love Yourself: Tear. It was his first time directing in an official capacity.
On November 6, 2018, Jungkook performed “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with American singer Charlie Puth during the first MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards. Both he and Puth performed with BTS later in the show.
In a 2016 survey conducted by Gallup Korea Jungkook was ranked the 20th most preferred idol of the year. In 2017 he came in at 18th in the same survey.
In 2018, Jungkook placed first for 10 weeks in a row for magazine Hi China, ranking the most beloved celebrities in China. In an October 2018 solo live broadcast on Korean streaming service, V Live, Jungkook broke the record of most real-time viewers on the site’s history, with more than 3.7 million viewers worldwide. In December 2018, a video of Jungkook singing in his studio was revealed to be the most retweeted tweet in the country that year. In the 2018 survey conducted by Gallup Korea he ranked at 8th most preferred idol of the year.
In January 2019 Jungkook posted in fancafe about using the brand Downy. It led to both two month’s worth of product being sold out and the Korean company’s stock value raising more than 11% in a day.