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Jung Joon-young at 2016 SIA Ceremony
|Born||February 21, 1989|
|Genres||Rock, soft rock, alternative rock, garage rock, hard rock, post-punk revival|
|Singer-songwriter, actor, radio DJ, host, TV personality|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, bass|
|Labels||CJ E&M Music |
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Jun-yeong|
Jung Joon-young (born February 21, 1989) is a former South Korean singer-songwriter, radio DJ, host, actor and television personality. He first gained recognition in Mnet's reality television talent show, Superstar K4 (2012), where he finished third place. In 2013, he became the youngest member of KBS's variety show 2 Days & 1 Night Season 3. He hosted his own radio program titled MBC FM's Jung Joon-young's Simsimtapa (2014) and made his big screen debut in Love Forecast (2015). From 2015 to March 2019, Jung was the lead vocalist of rock band Drug Restaurant, previously known as JJY Band, releasing their first album "Escape to Hangover" in May 2015.
Since his official debut with the release of 1st Mini Album in October 2013, Jung has won the "New Male Solo Artist" award for its title track " 10 (The Sense of an Ending)" at the 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. He then released the self-produced 2nd mini album, Teenager, which contained six self-composed tracks on June 26, 2014. Jung had his Taiwan fan meeting in 2013 and followed it with his first overseas showcase in Taipei in July 2014. He performed the self-written " (I'm Nobody)" at the Pretty Man OST Japan Concert in July 2014. He held a concert tour in China in November 2014 and performed in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. Jung made his American concert debut during K-CON 2014 as a performer and host.
In March 2019, Jung retired from the entertainment industry, as a part of the Burning Sun scandal, admitting that he had "filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom". This was amidst allegations of him having secretly filmed his own sex videos and then shared them with friends.
Jung Joon-young was born on February 21, 1989, in South Korea. He then grew up in Indonesia, China, Japan, France and Philippines. He is the youngest son of Jung Hak-chun and Choi Jong-sook. His father was an international businessman who travelled to many countries for his business. Jung learned to speak three different languages fluently such as English, Chinese, Korean. He couldn't enroll in a regular school due to frequent moves. He took private lessons for regular subjects such as Math, English, violin, and piano. He also got his fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo.
When Jung turned 17, he decided to go to the Philippines to do missionary work. He taught Taekwondo and music to the local children. He was a member of the choir which performed in front of the former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He stated that he got inspired by Kurt Cobain and was determined to become a rock star after he watched Nirvana's MTV Unplugged Show when he was a teenager.
Jung moved to South Korea the next year to start his musical career and soon signed to an entertainment agency, supposedly Danal Entertainment which released Jung's solo EP titled Rock Trip in 2010 as well as the digital single " Fantasy" in 2012.
In 2008, Starkim Entertainment selected Jung as a vocalist of LEDApple. As one of the original members, he went through the training process and even finished recording the debut album with the band, however, before Led Apple's debut in 2010, Starkim Entertainment discovered that Jung was already under contract with the previous agency which refused to release him and, thus, he was dropped from the idol rock band.
Jung modeled for several online shopping malls. He was also featured in an advertisement for "BGF retail", a retail franchise, and participated in other artists' music videos, such as "Liquor Bottle" ( by Haha). Jung appeared on the TV show Ulzzang Generation ? Season 5 (Ep.1~Ep.8) and he said of the show, "People don't like this program because they think this is just about good looking boys and girls chatting on a TV show, but it was a good opportunity for me to make money."
Since his band "Switch On" was little known to the public, Jung Joon-young tried to take part in Superstar K4 with Switch On members to gain more popularity as a band, but they could not continue the audition together due to issues with some foreign members' visas. Thus, he decided to carry on the audition as a solo artist.
During the Superweek, his low husky voice, appearance, and rather idiosyncratic personality appealed to the viewers as well as the judges, one of whom, PSY, was particularly impressed. Moreover, his collaboration with Roy Kim covering " (Becoming Dust)" by Kim Kwang-Suk, a ballad which Jung changed to a rock version, became a big hit and the best duet audition song ever. After its release, it achieved an "all-kill" on real-time charts and won the Mnet 20's Choice Hot Cover as well as 2013's Most Popular Karaoke Song of the Year at the 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. Jung had been at risk of dropping out several times, but he passed through into the finals by Psy's choice in the judge's final decision.
Throughout the final stages, he stuck to rock as his only musical style. He received multiple suggestions to try a different genre of music, such as ballads, from the judges. However, on the other hand, his persistence for rock music impressed a lot of viewers, and as a result, it help him to establish a strong fandom. He was able to survive the third stage through a large number of phone votes. His covers that represented his rock style were "? Waiting Everyday" by TeeSams, "Bed of Roses" by Bon Jovi, and "Outsider" (Bom-Yeoreum-Gaeul-Gyeoul ?), whose performance received a positive response from the judges and audience. On the fifth stage, he was urged to sing the rock ballad " Emergency Room" by IZI which had been chosen by the viewers instead of via his musical taste. Unexpectedly, it ranked highly, topping various online charts and earning favorable reactions from the public.
Though he was eliminated in the sixth stage of the semi-final from the top three, during his farewell interview Jung stated the following "Superstar K4 was the turning point in my music career. Before I tried out for Superstar K4, only those who liked rock music listened to my songs. However, now a wider variety of people listen to my music and acknowledge me. I am glad that I got to make myself known through Superstar K4."
After Superstar K4, Jung had been doing concerts, TV and radio programs, modelling for cars, clothes, games, N-screen, and beer. From May 6, he worked as a DJ for MBC FM4U's Close Friend until September 1. He has appeared in several TV shows including KBS2's Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend, Happy Together, MBC's Radio Star, and We Got Married. He has been featured in KBS's 2 Days & 1 Night Season 3 since December 1.
After signing with CJ E&M, Jung released his debut single "Spotless Mind (?)" with two versions of the music video being released: the N version and the S version on October 1. Just an hour after release, "Spotless Mind" gained the number one on Mnet, Bugs, and Soribada.
On October 10, Jung made his debut with the release of Jung Joon Young 1st mini album. The EP contained a total of six tracks, including the title track, "The Sense of an Ending" ( 10? ?), and two songs that he participated in writing and composing: "Missed Call" ( ) and "Take off Mask". The EP was a moderate success, ranking number one on both the daily and weekly chart of Synnara Record during its first week. In addition, "Spotless Mind" (?) landed at the third place and "The Sense of an Ending" ( 10) also took second place on MBC's Music Core.
He visited Taiwan in order to promote his first EP on December 8, and greeted 1,000 Taiwanese fans and had an autograph signing event with his song performances for those who had purchased a special limited edition of his album.
Jung earned the award for New Male Solo Artist for " 10 (The Sense of an Ending)" and Most Popular Karaoke Song of the Year for " (Becoming Dust)" at the 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. He also earned Star of the Year at the MBC Entertainment Awards.
On January 2, he released an OST for Pretty Man called " (I'm Nobody)" written and composed by himself that contains two versions such as an American rock style version and a British pop style drama version. The rock ballad "I'm Nobody ()" has topped Bugs Chart and Mnet Chart within its first five days of release.
On March 12, Jung released an official cheer song, "Always Reds", which was collaborated with the hip hop group Soul Dive, a track on the Red Devils' official cheer album "We are the Reds" for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Jung joined hands with Younha for the duet song "? (Just the way you are)" which encourages people to gain confidence. The song combines both the rock spirit and ballad. Upon its release on May 29, it ranked top on several music charts such as Mnet, Bugs, and Olleh Music.
Jung returned with his second EP, Teenager, on June 26. All the tracks in the album were composed and produced by Jung and he also participated in the design and production of the album's concept, cover picture, and all other minor details regarding the album. The theme of the album was "the adult who dreams" and contained his wish for people who are exhausted by the world to start dreaming again. It ranked third on Gaon Album Chart in its first week of release.
On July 19, Jung joined the cast of Pretty Man as a guest performer for the drama concert in Japan. Jung Joon-young appeared at KCON Los Angeles, California as one of hosts as well as a guest performer from August 9 to August 10 and made his American concert debut by performing his singles, including self-created rock single "Teenager". He also entertained the audience by covering his own version of Michael Jackson's "Black or White". After having a showcase in Taiwan, he held a concert tour, titled "2014 Demo Live Tour with Jung Joon-young," in China, beginning on November 14 in Beijing, followed by Shenzhen on November 15 and Shanghai on November 16.
On August 1, Jung Joon-young's rep stated Jung Joon-young will be taking on the challenge of a movie through Love Forecast starring alongside Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won in which Jung Joon-young's character has a one-sided love towards Moon Chae-won's character.
Jung Joon-young participated in the OST for SBS's Modern Farmer, singing the song "Same Place" which is a rock ballad that tells a heart-breaking love story. Shortly after "Same Place" was released on December 5, the sound track of Blade & Soul "Show Time" was released on December 17.
Jung Joon-young made his big screen debut through a light-hearted romantic comedy film Love Forecast, which was released on January 15. Jung next starred in The Lover, a 19+ drama aired by Mnet, playing an unknown musician who is both living with and dating a woman 12 years his senior. Later, he had a cameo in the 10th episode of the drama The Producers, with Roy Kim as an anti-fan.
Jung debuted with the rock band JJY Band, releasing their first album, Escape to Hangover, and the title track "OMG" on May 27. "OMG" was composed by Jung and Vanilla Unity's Lee Seung-joo. Their debut album received positive reviews from music fans and critics.
Jung next joined a new variety show called Old House, New House aired by JTBC as a cast member. The show features celebrities paired up with professional designers to provide home decoration and improvement, where each week, two groups will compete with each other to see which home makeover is the best.
A representative from CJ E&M announced that their contract with Jung expired in November 2015. Jung decided to not renew his contract with CJ E&M. On January 5, 2016, C9 Entertainment announced that Jung and his band officially signed an exclusive contract with their label, REALIVE.
On February 19, Jung announced his comeback with the single album, (Sympathy). He picked soft rock as the main sound for his new solo album. " (Sympathy)", the title track, is a duet song recorded with Korean singer, Seo Young-eun. It was written, composed, and produced by Jung. He also wrote, composed, and produced another track in the album and included his broad musical abilities in the album. Jung unveiled his new songs for the first time during JJY Band's concert on February 20 and 21 at the Art Hall of Lottecard Art Center in Seoul. (Sympathy) was released on February 24 along with the music video of the title track. On February 26, Jung released the music video for the second track in the album, "Amy".
tvN announced on March 7 that Jung will join their cooking show, 2 (Mr. Baek The Homemade Food Master Season 2), as one of the casts where he will learn from Baek Jong-won, a popular Korean chef, about the art of home cooking. On March 30, JTBC announced that Jung will team up with Kangin, Jeong Jinwoon, and Lee Chul Woo for a new reality show, Hitmaker, in which they'll be travelling overseas to try other countries' sports.
In late 2016, Jung's former girlfriend made allegations against Jung. Jung then announced that he was taking a hiatus from the show 2 Days & 1 Night in which he was a regular cast member after discussions with the production team, later returning to the show in 2017. The claim was later dismissed and the former girlfriend retracted her legal case. After receiving many criticisms from fans and netizens, the former girlfriend then released an official statement in which she apologised to the public and clarified about the entire matter.
On January 31, Jung announced through his Instagram account that he would release his first full album, entitled 1 (The First Person). On February 1, C9 Entertainment announced that " ? (Me and You)" was the name of the title track, it is a ballad song featuring a senior Korean singer, Jang Hye-jin. Two days later, Jung's agency revealed the tracklist of the album through their Twitter account. The album consists of nine tracks including both an intro and outro, five new songs and two songs from his previous single album, (Sympathy). All songs in the album were written, composed and arranged by Jung. The producer of this album are Jung Joon-young and Lee Ji-hyun. The album was released digitally on February 7. The music video for his title track " ? (Me and You)" was also shared on Jung's official YouTube channel. On February 18, Jung's agency announced that the Chinese version of his first full album, The First Person, was released digitally on iTunes and KKBox that day in four countries, Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore and Malaysia. The physical CD was released on March 17. The Chinese version consists of 12 tracks, which included the nine songs from the Korean version of the album and three Chinese versions of the tracks "Sympathy", "Amy", and "Me and You".
On January 18, C9 Entertainment announced that Jung had joined eSports team, "Team Kongdoo", which specializes in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) as professional gamer and they held an initiation ceremony on January 17. On March 5, C9 Entertainment announced that Jung would be releasing a single at the end of the month. The single was later revealed to be titled "Fiancée" and is featured Korean rapper, Microdot. It set to be released on March 29 through digital download and CD. The song is written and composed by Jung Joon Young and Moon Kim from Royal Pirates and the rap part is written by Microdot. Jung held his solo concert, Sing on May 19 and May 20 in Shinhwa Cardan Square Live Hall, Mapo, Seoul. Jung appeared in 2018 World DJ Festival Anthem Compilation, performing a new track called Fly alongside Advanced on May 28.
It was announced that Jung was participating in the theme songs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Jung will be singing the third track titled, Hifive Republic of Korea in the album called, We, The Reds. On July 13, Jung along with BTOB's Yook Sung-jae took part on the media launch of Viu original reality show called "Hello K-Idol". It was reported that both Jung and Yook will be special mentors.
Jung returned to Manila, Philippines on September 22 to hold his first fan meeting, Fiancée in the country.. On October 19, Jung announced on his Instagram that he will be officially opening a restaurant which is called 'Maison de Coréein' in Paris next year after a month of running as a pop-up restaurant.
On March 11, 2019, it was alleged that in 2015 and 2016, Jung had secretly filmed his own sexual encounters with at least 10 women, then shared the videos with friends in chat groups, including fellow Korean celebrity Seungri. The allegations surfaced during a police investigation into Seungri for allegedly providing prostitution services, and resulted in Jung being investigated as well. On March 12, 2019, Jung retired from the entertainment industry, admitting to crimes that he had "filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom". He apologized to the multiple women he filmed, as well as his fans, and also pledged to cooperate with police. Investigations regarding his case in the Burning Sun scandal are ongoing, involving celebrities Seungri, Choi Jong-hoon, Yong Jun-hyung and Lee Jong-hyun. On March 21, 2019, Jung was arrested over allegations that he illegally shared sexually explicit videos of women taken without their knowledge or consent through a social media chatroom on eleven occasions.
On April 19, 2019, a woman came forward to SBS funE, claiming that five men including Jung had raped her in March 2016 and then shared an audio file and photos of the incident in a group chat. On May 10, 2019, Jung pleaded guilty to all eleven cases of secretly filming and sharing the videos of himself having sex with women in a chatroom, and he is seeking to come to legal settlements with the victims. Jung and Choi Jong-hoon are also under investigation for allegedly being involved in the gang rape of a woman in 2016.
|2015||Love Forecast||Yeom Hyo-bong / Andrew|
|2013||Monstar||Han Ji-woong (young / ep.9)||Mnet|
|2014||You Are My Destiny||Radio DJ (ep.8)||MBC|
|2015||The Lover||Jung Young-joon||Mnet|
|The Producers||Cindy's anti-fan (ep.10)||KBS2|
|2016||The Sound of Your Heart||Jo Suk's neighbor (ep.6)|
|2010||Tent in the City||Mnet||Cameo|
|2011||Ulzzang Generation Season 5||ComedyTV||Cast Member|
|2013||Jung Joon-young's Be Stupid||OnStyle||Behind the scenes of album making process|
|We Got Married (Season 4)||MBC||Couple with Jeong Yu-mi|
|2013-2019||2 Days & 1 Night Season 3||KBS2||Cast Member|
|2014||M! Countdown||Mnet||MC along with Ahn Jae-hyun|
|Foul Interview: 4 Things Show||Main Interviewee|
|Fashion King Korea 2||SBS||Cast Member, paired with designer Han Sang-hyuk|
|Style Icon Awards 2014||OnStyle||MC|
|2015||Two Young||Mnet||Cast Member|
|Laws of the Jungle in Samoa||SBS||Cast Member (Episodes 186-189)|
|Old House New House||JTBC||Cast Member|
|2016||Mr. Baek The Homemade Food Master 2||tvN|
|What The Chart||CH Hyundai Card||MC|
|Celebrity Bromance||MBig TV||Cast Member with Roy Kim|
|Laws of the Jungle in East Timor||SBS||Cast Member (Episodes 238-240)|
|2017||Male Friend x Female Friend||Cast Member|
|Trip of The Beer Lovers||SBS Mobidic TV|
|My Sweet Town||Kuki Health TV||Host|
|My Unexpected Sweet Trip||TVN (Asia)||Cast Member|
|2018||Law of the Jungle in Cook Islands||SBS||Cast Member (Episodes 299-301)|
|Royal Adventure||SBS Mobidic TV /
|One Night Food Trip (International Edition)||TVN (Asia)||Cast Member|
|Jan 28,2013 ~ Mar 03,2013||MBC FM4U||Hope Song at Noon||DJ||Temporary DJ for February 2013|
|May. 06, 2013~ Sept.01,2013||Close Friend
|From 20:00 to 22:00|
|July 7, 2014 ~ November 15, 2015||MBC FM||Jung Joon-young's Simsimtapa||From 24:00 to 02:00|
|2013||3rd Gaon Chart Music Awards||New Male Solo Artist of the Year||Won|||
|Popular Singer of the Year with Roy Kim||Won|
|15th Mnet Asian Music Award||Best New Male Artist||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Star of the Year||Won|||
|28th Golden Disk Awards||New Rising Star Award||Nominated|||
|23rd Seoul Music Awards||Rookies Award||Nominated|||
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Hot Cover Music with Roy Kim||Won|||
|2014||7th Style Icon Asia||Top 10 Style Icons||Nominated|
|16th Mnet Asian Music Award||Style in Music||Won|
|Best Band Performance||Nominated|
|Union Pay Song of the Year (TEENAGER)||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Entertainer Award (Variety)||Won|
|2015||Korea Wave Fashion Festival||Best Airport Fashion (Singer Category)||Won|
|17th Mnet Asian Music Award||Best Band Performance||Nominated|
|Union Pay Song of the Year (OMG)||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award (Variety)||Nominated|