BTS: The Story Of Jimin And His Solo Projects

Jimin's way to BTS, from a dancer to a K-pop Idol!!

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Jimin for the Weverse magazine
Park Jimin (박지민) 

Park Jimin (박지민) better known by his stage name Jimin (지민), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer under Big Hit Entertainments. He is a vocalist and a dancer of BTS.

Early Life

Jimin was born on October 13, 1995, in Guemjong District, Busan, South Korea. His family includes his mother, father, and younger brother. When he was a child, he attended Busan's Hodong Elementary School and Yongsan Middle School. During middle school, he attended Just Dance Academy and learned popping and locking dance.

Before becoming a trainee, Jimin studied contemporary dance at Busan High School of Arts and was a top student in the Modern Dance Academy. After a teacher's suggestion, he auditioned with an entertainment company, which led him to Big Hit Entertainment. Once he passed the auditions in 2012, he transferred to Korean Arts High School, in 2014.

Jimin graduated from Global Cyber University in August 2020, with a major in Broadcasting and Entertainment. As of 2021, he is enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University, pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Advertising and Media.

Jimin's Way To BTS

On June 13, 2013, Jimin made his debut as a member of BTS with the release of the single "No More Dream". In the group, Jimin holds the position of vocalist and dancer. Under BTS, he has released three solo songs: "Lie", "Serendipity" and "Filter".

"Lie" was released in 2016, as part of the group's second Korean studio album, Wings. It was described as stunning and dramatic, conveying dark undertones and emotions that helped reflect the album's overall concept.

Jimin in a plain black tee for the Dark and wild album
Jimin's Debut 

In contrast, "Serendipity", released on the Love Yourself: Her (2017) extended play (EP), was soft and sensual, unravelling the joy, conviction, and curiosity of love. "Filter", from the group's, 2020 studio album, Map Of The Soul: 7 was very different from its predecessor, with a distinct Latin pop-Esque flair and lyrics that reflected the different sides of himself that Jimin shows to the world and those around him.

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"Serendipity" and "Lie" both surpassed fifty million streams on Spotify in 2018, followed shortly thereafter by the former's full-length version from BTS' Love Yourself: Answer (2018) compilation album, which achieved the milestone in early 2019. With this, Jimin set a new record as the only Korean artist to have three solo tracks accumulate over 50 million streams each—previously Psy was the only Korean artist to ever cross the 50 million streams mark with "Gangnam Style" (2012) and "Gentleman" (2013).

Both songs were also the only solos by a BTS member included in the Official Chart Company's list of the top 20 most streamed BTS songs in the United Kingdom as of October 2018, ranking at number 17 and 19 respectively. In April 2019, the list was expanded to reflect the top 40, and both tracks ranked at numbers 18 and 20 respectively, the highest of five solo songs included that year. In May 2019, Jimin became the first BTS member to have a solo music video achieve 100 million views on YouTube with "Serendipity". It was the nineteenth BTS music video overall to achieve the milestone.

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He was the only BTS member with multiple solo songs in the January 2020 update of the Official Chart's top 40 list. "Lie" and "Serendipity" were the second and third most-streamed solos at numbers 24 and 29, behind only "Euphoria" by Jung Kook at number 19. "Serendipity"'s full-length version debuted at number 38, behind "Intro: Boy Meets Evil" by j-hope at number 35 but ahead of "Trivia 轉: Seesaw" by SUGA at number 39.

In February, "Filter" set a record for the biggest streaming debut among all Korean songs on Spotify with over 2.2 million streams in its first 24 hours of release, and went on to become the fastest Korean solo in the platform's history to surpass 20–60 million streams.

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It is also the first and only solo BTS b-sidetrack to receive a Song of The Year nomination at the Gaon Chart Music Awards. As of March 2021, "Filter" has spent 53 weeks on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart—it is BTS' 15th song to spend a full year on the ranking.

Jimin's Solo Projects

Christmas Day 

In 2014, Jimin collaborated with the main vocalist of BTS, Jungkook on a song called "Christmas Day", a Korean rendition of Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe". The Korean lyrics were written by Jimin himself.

We Don't Talk Anymore 

They again collaborated once again in 2017 for a cover of the American singer Charlie Puth's "We Don't Talk Anymore", with Jimin singing the parts of Selena Gomez who was a feature on the original version with Charlie Puth. Jungkook had previously released a solo version of the song earlier that year in February, and the two prepared the duet as a special gift for the armies. Many respected critics commented on Jimin's voice in the song. Elite Daily described the cover as "nothing short of flawless".

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Jimin also appeared on several variety shows such as Hello Counselor, Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, and God's Workplace in 2016. He also served as an MC on domestic music programs such as Show Music Core and M Countdown. In December, he also participated in a solo performance with Taemin of Shinee.

On December 30, 2018, Jimin released his first solo song outside of BTS releases, Promise, for free on the Soundcloud channel. On January 3, 2019, the platform announced that "Promise" had surpassed the record set by Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" for the biggest 24-hour debut ever. The song was produced and written by Jimin and RM. On December 24, 2020, he released his second solo work "Christmas Love", a song about his childhood.

Jimin's Impact As An Artist

Jimin in a beanie hat and black sweater with blonde hair

Jimin's solos have been described as delicate and sweet. He has a very low pitch which makes his voice sounds sweeter in every possible way. After J-Hope he is regarded as an exceptional dancer among the members of the group. His solo part in the music video for "Black Swan" was exceptionally praised by critics.

In their tour documentary "Burn The Stage" Jimin described himself as a perfectionist, and every little mistake makes him feel guilty. He wants to show his fans the best side of him. In 2016, Jimin was ranked as the 14th most popular idol by Gallup Korea.

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In 2018, Jimin was the ninth most-tweeted-about celebrity and the eighth-most-tweeted musician worldwide. In 2019, he received a plaque of appreciation from the Cultural Conservation Society of Buchaechum, a traditional Korean Fan Dance, during the 2018, Music Melon Awards.

As of 2021, Jimin has topped the brand reputation rankings for individual boy group idols for 27 consecutive weeks. From 2016 to 2018, Jimin supported graduates of Busan Hodong Elementary School, his alma mater,  by covering uniform expenses.

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In early 2019, Jimin donated 100 million Korean Won to the Busan Department of Education to help students who belong to the lower-income category.

Interesting Facts About Jimin

1) His zodiac sign is Libra.

2) He is the second shortest and third youngest in the band.

3) He is 25 years old in Korean age and 27 years old in Korean age.

4) He is part of the dance line in BTS.

5) He is close friends with SHINee's Taemin, EXO's Kai, Wanna One's Ha Sung Woon, and HOTSHOT's Timteo.

6) He and J-hope are the only ones who are still roommates.

7) He can speak Korean, Japanese, and basic English.

8) During the 3rd Muster, he was featured in Suga's mixtape solo "Tony Montana".

9) What he loves the most about himself, is his eyes.

10) He was a very diligent student in high school and was part of the student council throughout his school life.  

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