BTS: The Story Of The Golden Maknae, Jungkook

What makes Jungkook the Golden Maknae?

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 Jungkook jumping in a black/red sweater for the weverse magazine shoot
Jeon Jungkook 

Jeon Jeong-guk (전정국), better known by his stage name Jung Kook (정국), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer under Big Hit Music. He is a vocalist, the centre, a dancer, the visual, and the maknae of BTS. As a solo artist, he released his first self-produced song "Still With You" in 2020.

Early Life

Jeon Jung-Kook (전정국) was born on September 1, 1997, in Busan, South Korea. His family consists of his parents and elder brother. He attended Baekyang Elementary and Middle School in Busan.

When he became a trainee, he transferred to Singu Middle School in Seoul. Jung Kook initially had dreams of becoming a badminton player when he was young but seeing G-Dragon perform "Heartbreaker" on television, influenced him to want to become a singer.

In 2011, Jung Kook auditioned for the South Korean talent show Superstar K during its auditions in Daegu. Though he was not selected, he received casting offers from seven entertainment companies.

He eventually chose to become a trainee under Big Hit Entertainment after seeing RM, now his fellow band member and leader in BTS, perform.

Jungkook's Graduation Video (Bangtan TV) 

To work on his dance skills in preparation for his debut, he went to Los Angeles during the summer of 2012 to receive dance training from Movement Lifestyle. In June 2012, he appeared in Jo Kwon's "I'm Da One" music video and also worked as a backup dancer for Glam before his debut.

He graduated from Seoul's School of Performing Arts, an arts high school, in 2017. In November 2016, he decided to forgo taking the CSATs, Korea's nationwide university entrance exam. As of 2020, he is enrolled at Global Cyber University, majoring in Broadcasting and Entertainment.

Jungkook's Debut

 Jungkook playing with a kid Army and a toy
BTS debut Jungkook 

On June 12, 2013, Jung Kook made his debut as a BTS member (Bangtan Boys) 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" in 2016 album Wings, about moving to Seoul to become an idol and meeting BTS member.

The second, a future bass track entitled "Euphoria", was originally released as part of a BTS short film entitled "Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself  Wonder" and later on Love Yourself: Answer.

Euphoria co-produced by DJ Swivel charted #5 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart and has charted for 11 weeks on the Gaon Digital Chart, the longest out of BTS members' solo songs.

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Jung Kook has also been credited as the main producer on a few of BTS' songs, including "Love is Not Here" and "Magic Shop".

On October 25, 2018, Jung Kook together with the rest of the BTS members was ordained with the fifth class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea.

Jung Kook's Solo Project

In September 2015, Jung Kook participated in the "One Dream, One Korea" campaign, taking part in a song collaboration alongside numerous Korean artists in memory of the Korean War.

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The song was released on September 24 and presented at the One K Concert in Seoul on October 15. In 2016, Jung Kook was cast in the pilot episode of Flower Crew. He also appeared on Celebrity Bromance and competed in King Of Mask Singer under the name "Fencing Man", appearing in episode 72.

We Don't Talk Anymore 

On November 6, 2018, Jung Kook performed "We Don't Talk Anymore" with the original singer Charlie Puth on a special collaboration stage during MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards. The song was one he had previously covered twice, solo and with fellow BTS member Jimin.

Still With You 

On June 4, 2020, Jung Kook released the song "Still With You", for free on platforms such as SoundCloud as a part of BTS' yearly debut celebration. Billboard described the song as having "thinking synths and gently strummed guitars and brushed drums". Jung Kook produced the piece himself.

Jungkook's Influence On K-Pop

In a 2019 survey conducted by Gallup Korea, Jung Kook ranked as the third most-loved celebrity of the year in South Korea. He debuted on the list in 2016 at 20th, then ranked 17th in 2017, and then 8th in 2018.

 Jungkook for the weverse magazine shoot
Jungkook (Weverse Magazine) 

In 2018, Jung Kook placed first for 10 weeks in a row in the magazine Hi China, under the most beloved celebrities list in China. Jung Kook is also extremely popular with social media fans.

In December 2018, a video of him singing in the studio became the most retweeted tweet in South Korea that year.

Click to know more about The Golden Maknae

1. Jung-Kook's nicknames are Golden Maknae and Kookie.

2. He is 23 years old in the US age and 25 years old in Korean age.

3. His favourite food is Bread, Pizza, anything with flour, pork soup rice, sashimi, and sea eel. (He favours pork belly the most.)

4. He started learning to play the guitar after seeing Justin Bieber.

5. He doesn't like any subjects except for Physical Education, Art, and Music class.

6. In 10 years, he wants to be an owner of a duck meat restaurant or a tattooist.

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

8. His role model is RM.

9. He is a big fan of IU and described her as his Ideal type.

10. His zodiac sign is Virgo.

Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as Kim Dong-Han and Hyeongseop X Euiwoong.

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Jung Kook has cited Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, and Usher among his musical inspirations. Jung Kook's popularity has earned him the nickname "Sold Out King" as items that he is seen using often sell out quickly.

These include shoes, Downy fabric softener, wine, and novels namely I Decided to Live as Me by Kim Soo-Hyun, which became a best-seller in both Korea and Japan and Hanbok.

Korean media reported that Jung Kook has created a " Modern Hanbok" fashion trend in the Korean Entertainment industry when celebrities such as Jun Hyun-moo, Jang Do-Yeon, Gong Hyo-jin, MC Oh Seung-hwan, and The Return of Superman's Park Joo-ho began wearing similar clothing after he was photographed wearing it.

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Jung Kook was 2019's most-searched male K-pop idol on Google according to their mid-year chart. He topped the chart again in 2020 and was the most searched K-pop idol on Youtube in 2019 and 2020.

On Tumblr, he ranked 1st in "Top Kpop Stars" for 3 consecutive years. On Twitter, he had the most retweeted tweet in 2019 and the 2nd most retweeted tweet of 2020.

In March 2021, Jung Kook set a new all-time record for the most real-time viewers in V Live history when his solo live broadcast surpassed 22 million simultaneous viewers he first broke the record in October 2018, when his broadcast surpassed 3.7 million viewers worldwide.

In June 2021, a lawmaker of the Justice Party used photos of him to promote the legalization of tattoos in South Korea, which works under regulations.

The posts were widely condemned by netizens, who accused the lawmaker of taking advantage of Jung Kook's fame for political purposes.

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