2PM is the name of a boy group best known for their K-pop style of music. The six-member boy band created by JYP Entertainment was around for more than a decade before they became inactive. The group recorded huge successes especially between 2008-2010. They sold their brand by selling a masculine and beast-like nature to their fans rather than the “pretty boys” persona which the fans of other Kpop boy groups have gotten used.
They were originally seven boys but Jaebeom left under very controversial circumstances in 2010. The group is known for songs like Niga Mipda (which got them first place on the M Countdown and Music Bank charts) and Again and Again (which won them their first Mutizen Song award). They released over 11 albums both in Korea and Japanese and have a long list of singles. Here are a few things about the group you may not have known – especially why they were disbanded.
7 Intriguing Details About 2PM
1. When Did 2PM Debut?
2PM was a boy group carved out of an eleven-member boy group dubbed One Day which was formed by Korean musician Park Jin-young. One Day was the pre-debut group where the members of 2PM were trained. At the beginning of the training, One Day was made up of 13 members who auditioned to join JYP Entertainment. During the training, three boys (Yoon Doo-joon, Lee Swichi, and Jeong Jinwoon) were eliminated. However, Jinwoon was reabsorbed after one of the remaining members withdrew from the training.
This 11-member boy group was further split into two; a 4-member ballad group dubbed 2AM and a 7-member hip hop group dubbed 2PM. The latter debuted on September 4, 2008, with their single 10 Out of 10. Prior to that, one of the members who came out on top during the training and enjoyed huge fan votes, Jaebeom, was made the group’s leader.
2PM was formidable, producing several hit songs and albums in Korea and Japan alike. They also hosted shows like Idol Army.
2. Who Are Its Members?
Originally as mentioned earlier, 2PM was made up of seven boys. However, Jaebeom left in 2010 after he stirred controversy in Korea which threatened the continued existence of the group. These are the remaining members of the group until their disbandment.
Park Jae-beom also known as Jay Park was born on April 25, 1987, in Edmonds, Washington. He is a singer, rapper, dancer, and choreographer who discovered his love for entertainment at a very young age. Though the identity of his parents has not been revealed, his mother encouraged him to sign up with the JYP Entertainment which eventually brought him to Korea in 2004.
Jae-beom attended Edmonds Woodway High School in Washington but completed his education at Dankook University in South Korea. He was a member of the Seattle-based boy band Art of Movement (AOM) before his adventure in Korea with JYP Entertainment which saw him become a member of 2PM.
Kim Min Jun was born on January 15, 1988, as Kim Junsu in Daegu, South Korea but legally changed his name to Kim Min Jun in October 2012. He attended Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts and is currently studying at Kyunghee University’s Media Information Graduate School. He debuted as one of the main vocalists in the group. Jun. K enlisted in the army in May 2018 for his mandatory military service and was posted to a military band.
Nichkhun debuted as a vocalist, rapper and visual of the 2PM group and has made a huge impact on their output. He was born Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul on June 24, 1988, in Rancho Cucamonga, California but hails from Bangkok, Thailand. He went to Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School both in Thailand. He also studied at Wanganui Collegiate School, New Zealand for a year and a half.
Taec Yeon was born on December 27, 1988. He is a native Korea born in Seoul but lived in Massachusetts, USA for 7 years. He joined the team as the main rapper, sub-vocalist and 2nd visual. He first attended Bedford High School and then returned to Korea where he continued at Young Dong High School in Seoul. Taec Yeon proceeded to study Business Administration at Dankook University and later Korea University Graduate School of International Studies. He enlisted in the Korean army on September 4, 2017, and got discharged on May 16, 2019.
Jang Woo Young was born on April 30, 1989, in Busan, South Korea. He is the main dancer and lead vocalist in the group. He is also a solo artist who released his first solo single R.O.S.E in 2015.
Junho was born Lee Jun Ho on January 25, 1990, in Ilsan, Goyang, South Korea. Junho is a solo musician as well as an actor. He was the main vocalist and lead dancer of 2PM.
Hwang Chan Sung like Junho is also an actor. He has starred in several movies since he began. He was born on February 11, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea. At 2PM, he debuted as a lead rapper, vocalist and the maknae.
3. Why Did Jaebeom Leave?
Jaebeom, who was the leader of 2PM when the group debuted but he exited the group in 2010. He probably bowed out due to public pressure after a video he posted on his Myspace account in 2005 was made public by a hacker who may have had the intention of ending his career. The video showed the singer expressing his dislike for Korea during his JYP Entertainment days. This sparked outrage among the public and fans alike who called for him to be removed from the group.
The Korean American songwriter, who was sorry for his actions apologized to the public, his colleagues and the agency. He also said that what he said in the video was misunderstood. A vote of confidence was conducted and Jaebeom was voted to stay back. However, a day after the announcement that Jaebeom will be retained, he made an announcement that he was leaving the group. This occurred on October 8, 2010.
Currently, Jaebeom has moved to the United States and is the founder and CEO of the hip hop record labels AOMG and H1ghr Music. He is the first Asian American to be managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
4. What’s the Difference Between 2AM and 2PM?
As mentioned earlier, the two groups were created from a trial group known as One Day which was divided into two. 2AM is a 4-member ballad boy band made up of Jo Kwon, Lee Changmin, Lim Seulong and Jeong Jinwoon. It is regarded as a vocal group that appeals to the emotions of the audience while 2PM is seen as a dance group that appeals to a masculine nature. The groups have always competed on a lot of fronts and success has not been equally distributed. While it took 2PM less than a year after their debut to win their first Mutizen at Inkigayo, it took 2AM almost 2 years – and the list goes on. So far, they have been in what has been described by some as a ‘friendly war.’
5. What Awards has 2PM Won
2PM has won several awards to their credit. This comes as no surprise as they have not ceased to come up with entertaining and soothing music. Some of their awards include Asia Song Festival, Cyworld Digital Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards, among others.
6. What is 2PM Worth?
For JYP Entertainment, nothing has been as successful as the boy band 2PM which used to earn the highest amount for the agency especially from their tours. JYP Entertainment boss, Jung Wook confirmed the importance of 2PM in a statement he made in December 2017. However, the group’s collective net worth has not been disclosed.
7. Why Were They Disbanded?
Sadly, one of Asia’s most popular and energetic boy group, 2PM is no more active. The group hasn’t been together since 2017. This is because of the mandatory military service conscription by some of its crew members. This, however, doesn’t mean that the group has been completed written off. As of January 2018, five of the group’s members renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment and are due to be back after serving in the military.
Only Taecyeon decided not to renew his contract with JYP Entertainment but signed with 51k instead.