J Hope - Biography
Jung Ho-seok, better known by his stage name J-Hope (stylized as j-hope) and born on February 18, 1994, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. J-Hope made his debut in 2013 as a member of the South Korean boy band BTS, who is handled by Big Hit Music. J-first Hope's solo mixtape, Hope World, was released worldwide on March 1, 2018. The album received a favourable response. At the time of the mixtape's release, he was the highest-charting solo Korean artist on the Billboard 200, debuting at number 63.
On September 27, 2019, he released his song "Chicken Noodle Soup," which he co-wrote with Becky G. The solo single debuted at No. 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on October 12, 2019, making him the first member of BTS to have a Hot 100 hit under his own name.
Jung Ho-seok (Korean: ) was born on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea, where he resided with his parents and older sister. Prior to his debut with BTS, he was a member of the underground dance duo Neuron and studied dance for six years at Gwangju Music Academy, from fourth grade until his first year of high school, when he signed his contract with Big Hit Entertainment.
J-Hope debuted as a trainee in Jo Kwon's song "Animal," which was published in 2012. In 2016, he spent US$1.6 million buying a beautiful property in South Korea for his personal use.
As of 2018, he and his bandmates reside in Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea. In March 2019, he enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University for the Master of Business Administration programme in Advertising and Media, alongside bandmates RM and Suga. His stage name, "J-Hope," was inspired by his ambition to be "the hope of BTS" as well as to represent hope for followers.
J-Hope made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M! Countdown on June 13, 2013, with the track "No More Dream" off their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. After RM and Suga, he was the third member to join the group as a trainee.
J-Hope and fellow BTS member V worked with Zara Larsson on a soundtrack called A Brand New Day for the mobile game BTS World on June 14, 2019.
J-first Hope's solo mixtape, Hope World, was released worldwide on March 1, 2018. It came with a music video for the lead single "Daydream."
The mixtape debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 38, making him the highest performing Korean solo act at the time. Hope World also charted at 35 on the Canadian Albums list and 19 on the US Top Rap Albums chart. Three mixtape tracks, "Daydream," "Hope World," and "Hangsang," charted on the World Digital Songs Chart, at numbers three, sixteen, and twenty-four, respectively.
His solo debut's popularity propelled him to number 3 on the Emerging Artists Chart and 97 on the Artist 100 Chart for the week of March 10, eventually peaking at number 91 for the week of March 17. He is the sixth Korean artist to appear on the Artist 100, and the second Korean soloist to do so after Psy.
On September 27, 2019, J-Hope released a free collaboration track, "Chicken Noodle Soup," with American artist Becky G. The song debuted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 4, with 9.7 million streams and 11,000 downloads, making J-Hope the first member of BTS to chart as a solo artist outside of the group, the third Korean solo artist to rank on the chart (after Psy and CL), and the sixth Korean artist overall to do so. "Chicken Noodle Soup" also debuted at number one on the World Digital Songs list, becoming J-second Hope's song to do so after "Daydream" in 2018.
Since 2018, J-Hope has been a member of Child Fund Korea's "Green Noble Club," which acknowledges high-value donations. On February 18, 2019, he donated 100 million won (about US$90,000) to the charity in support of his alma mater, Gwangju High School. He had previously given 150 million (about US$135,000) in December 2018, but had requested that the donation be kept hidden at the time. He gave another $100 million in December 2019.
On November 17, 2020, he gave $100 million to help youngsters facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.On February 18, 2021, he donated $150 million to help youngsters with vision and hearing impairments.
On May 4, 2021, he contributed $100 million for children affected by violence in Tanzania, Africa, in celebration of Children's Day.