The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Chris Brown, and Kanye West among others are noted in history for having been able to create unforgettable moments while performing on stage. This, as well as having made chart-topping music has all but lent a hand in each of them being as great as they have since become. They have also notably inspired other musicians around the world to break boundaries when performing. One group to have seemingly paid attention to this is South Korean boy band Got7 who particularly gained the attention of the public through their stage performances that included tricking – a combination of kicks, flips, and twists from gymnastics and dance moves like breakdancing. As the name suggests, Got7 comprises of seven members; JB, Jinyoung, Mark, BamBam, Jackson, Youngjae, and Yugyeom.
Like the aforementioned greats, Got7 has also created chart-topping music that has earned them numerous awards and also seen them head out on a number of world tours. Since making their debut in 2014 under JYP Entertainment, the band has released four studio albums and thirteen Extended Plays. Their first release was the Got It? EP in January 2014 which peaked at number two on South Korea’s Gaon Albums Chart and number one on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. That same year, they debuted in Japan with their first Japanese-language song titled “Around the World”, which peaked at number three on Japan’s Oricon Singles Chart before they went ahead to release their debut full-length album, Identify, which peaked at number one in Korea and number six on Billboard.
Who are The Members of Got7?
Born Lim Jae-beom on the 6th of January 1994, JB is a former breakdancer who got the opportunity to join JYP Entertainment after passing auditions in 2009. The singer, record producer, songwriter, and dancer serves as the leader of Got7 and is also a member of the subgroups Jus2 and JJ Project. JB is also an actor who has appeared in the television series Dream High 2 (2012) and When a Man Falls in Love (2013).
Like JB, Jinyoung was also recruited to JYP after passing auditions in 2009. Born Park Jin-young on the 22nd of September 1994, the singer-songwriter makes up the other half of the boy band duo JJ Project. He is also an actor who has appeared in films and TV series like Dream High 2 (2012), When a Man Falls in Love (2013), This is My Love (2015), Legend of the Blue Sea (2016-2017) and A Stray Goat (2016).
Unlike other members of the group, not much is known about Mark, including details of his birth name and birthdate. He joined JYP in 2010 after he was spotted by scouts of the South Korean label conglomerate in Los Angeles, USA.
Born Kunpimook Bhuwakul on the 2nd of May 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand, Bam Bam is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and dancer. Like Mark, he was also recruited by JYP scouts in 2010. In addition to his work with the group, Bam Bam has interests in film, having self-directed and edited a number of videos he has posted on YouTube. He is also a humanitarian who serves as the spokesman of a UNICEF Thailand campaign against child abuse.
Yugyeom is another member of the group who very little is known about. Before becoming a member of Got7, he joined JYP in 2010 as a trainee after he was offered the opportunity at his dance school. He is also the other half of the subgroup Jus2 with JB.
Jackson is another foreign member of the group who hails from Hong Kong. Born Jackson Wang on the 28th of March, 1994, the rapper, singer, and dancer joined JYP after passing auditions in his hometown in December 2010. He would later start training in the summer of 2011 before it was announced two and a half years later that he would be joining the unit. In addition to his music career that has also seen him put out solo work, Jackson is also an actor and host.
Born Choi Young-jae on the 17th of September 1996, Youngjae is a singer, dancer, and songwriter who serves as the main vocalist of the band. He was the last person to join the band after having passed auditions to be cast into JYP Entertainment as a trainee in 2013.
Are They Still Together or Disbanded?
Despite each member being seemingly preoccupied with other endeavors outside the group in recent times, their loyalty to Got7 has unwavered as the band is still working together to create more music and entertain their fans.
In 2019, they have released a couple of EPs – “I Won’t Let You Go” in January, “Spinning Top: Between Security” & “Insecurity” in May, and “Love Loop” in July. They have also embarked on a world tour, Keep Spinning Tour (2019), during which they made a stop in North America and appeared on the Today Show, becoming the very first Korean group to perform on the show.