J. Y. Park

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Park Jin-young
Park Jin-young (Founder of JYP Entertainment) in February 2011 from acrofan.jpg
Park in 2011.
Born Park Jin-young
(1971-12-13) December 13, 1971 (age 46)[A]
Seoul, South Korea
Education Yonsei University
Occupation Singer-songwriter, record producer, reality television judge, record executive
Years active 1992–present
Musical career
Also known as JYP, The Asiansoul
Genres K-pop, funk, soul, R&B
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1992–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts Park Jin-young and the New Generation, JYP Nation
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Jin-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chinyŏng
Website JYP.jype.com

Park Jin-young (born December 13, 1971)[A][1], better known by his stage name J. Y. Park or JYP, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, reality television judge and record executive. Beginning as a singer, he then went behind the scenes as a record producer and eventually a record executive. He is the principal founder and chief executive officer of his own entertainment company JYP Entertainment.


Park was born in Seoul. He graduated from Baemyung High School and he earned his bachelor's degree in geology from Yonsei University.[2][3]

Music career

In 2004, Park ventured into the U.S. music industry, becoming the first Asian producer to successfully cross over to the U.S., producing music for Will Smith, Mase and Cassie.[2][unreliable source?]

In May 2008, Park collaborated with Jackie Chan to form the "I Love Asia" Project, prompted by the earthquake tragedy in China. Park produced the song 'Smile Again', along with Chan and Korean director Kang Je-gyu to raise funds for relief efforts in Sichuan.[4] The song featured an array of Korean stars, including various actors and singers, as well as Korean figure skater Kim Yuna.[5] The music video was released on the JYP Entertainment YouTube channel on June 30.[6]

In October 2009, Park became the first Korean songwriter, together with RAINSTONE to enter the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with the Wonder Girls hit single "Nobody" which debuted at 76.[7]

On December 3, 2009, Park released his single, No Love No More.[8] On April 22, 2011, Park collaborated with Brown Eyed Girls' Ga-In, releasing a duet track titled "Someone Else." The song charted at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart and sold over 1 million copies. This was the first song Park released in about two years. Park followed up his success with "Someone Else" by releasing a single titled "You're the One" on April 28, 2012. The song charted at number three and sold over 1.5 million copies.

In 2015, Park released the song "Who's Your Mama?", featuring Lucky J's Jessi. The song became a hit, consequently displacing fellow label-mates Miss A from first spot on the Korean charts.[9] Later that year, he participated in the Infinite Challenge Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival, forming a duo called Dancing Genome with comedian Yoo Jae-suk and releasing the song 'I'm So Sexy'.

In 2016, Park released a single titled 'Still Alive'. During the same period, he appeared in the Conan O'Brien special 'Conan in Korea', recording a song with Conan O'Brien, Steven Yeun & Park Ji-min titled 'Fire', with label-mates Wonder Girls and TWICE appearing in the music video.[10] The song was released on Conan O'Brien's YouTube channel on April 9.[11] Park also appeared in the Korean variety show Sister's Slam Dunk in 2016, producing the cast's single titled 'Shut Up'.[12] The song unexpectedly achieved a real-time chart all-kill upon release.[13][unreliable source?] On September 22, 2016 it was reported that Park would be producing the title track of girl-group I.O.I for their final album prior to disbandment.[14] The song, titled "Very Very Very" was released on October 16, 2016.[citation needed] It achieved commercial success upon release, earning a perfect all-kill on the Korean charts and topping the Gaon Digital Chart.[15][unreliable source?][16]

Plagiarism lawsuit

On February 10, 2011, songwriter Kim Sin-il filed a lawsuit against Park claiming that "Someday", sung by IU and composed by Park, plagiarized Kim's song "To My Man". Kim alleged that the beginnings of the two songs, including the jazz chords, are almost identical and sued Park for 110 million won.[17] Park denied the allegations, and no settlement was reached after several court hearings.[18] On February 10, 2012, the Seoul Central District Court ruled that "Someday" was plagiarized from Kim's song, and ordered Park to pay 21.67 million won in damages to Kim.[19] Park appealed the ruling, but on January 24, 2013, the Seoul High Court ruled against Park and ordered him to pay 56.93 million won to Kim.[20] In 2015, the Supreme Court overturned the previous rulings in light of new evidence demonstrating that the melody and chord progressions were very common, citing an American song from 2002. [21]


In early 2011, JYP made his acting debut in Dream High, for which he received a nomination for New Actor of the Year at the Baeksang Arts Awards. In January 2012 he was seen in the sequel to Dream High called Dream High 2.[22]

In 2011, Park made his film debut as Choi Young In, a man on a mission to hand-deliver 5 million dollars, in Five Million Dollar Man with Jo Sung-ha and Min Hyo-rin.[23] The film was released on July 19, 2012.[24]

Personal life

In 1999, Park Jin-young married Seo Yoon-jeong. In March 2009, the couple announced their divorce.[25] On October 10, 2013, he married an unnamed woman who is 9 years younger than him.[26] He attributed his longevity as an active performer through changing his diet to organic foods and products, and is an avid advocate, and has installed an organic-foods cafeteria in JYP Entertainment's new building near Olympic Park.[citation needed]


Studio albums

  • 1994: Blue City
  • 1995: Tantara
  • 1997: Summer Jingle Bell
  • 1998: Even After 10 Years
  • 1998: Kiss Me
  • 2001: Game
  • 2007: Back To Stage


  • 2009: Sad Freedom
  • 2012: Spring - 5 Songs for 1 New Love
  • 2013: Halftime
  • 2015: 24/34
  • 2016: Still Alive


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

(digital downloads)

"Someone Else" (with Gain) 2012 2
  • KOR: 1,155,614+[27]
"You're the One" 3
  • KOR: 1,500,929+[28]
"Had Enough Parties" 2013 9 Halftime
"Who's Your Mama?" (featuring Jessi) 2015 1
  • KOR: 1,160,311+[30]
"I'm So Sexy" (with Yoo Jae-suk) 5 Infinite Challenge: Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival
"Still Alive" 2016 23 Still Alive
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Lyrics and composition



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Wonder Girls Movie Himself Supporting Role
Five Million Dollar Man Choi Young-in Lead Role
2013 Queen of the Night Locksmith Cameo

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Dream High Yang Jin-man KBS2 Supporting Role
2011-2012 K-pop Star Season 1 Himself SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment
2012 Dream High 2 Yang Jin-man KBS2 Supporting Role
2012-2013 K-pop Star Season 2 Himself SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment
2013-2014 K-pop Star Season 3
2014-2015 K-pop Star Season 4
2015 Dream Knight The Moon Naver TV Cast Cameo
The Producers Himself KBS2 Cameo, episodes 3-4
Sixteen Mnet Judge
2015-2016 K-pop Star Season 5 SBS Judge for JYP Entertainment
2016-2017 K-pop Star Season 6
2017 Party People Host
Stray Kids Himself Judge for JYP Entertainment



  1. ^ a b Park Jin-young was born on December 13, 1971, while his registered birth date is January 13, 1972.


  1. ^ "박진영 오늘 생일, 갓세븐 깜짝 축하파티 "고마워 얘들아"". Korea Daily. 12 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Way Back Wednesday: J.Y. Park | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  3. ^ "가수 박진영 동문 (96년 지질학과 마침)". Yonsei Chunchu (in Korean). Yonsei University. April 6, 1998. 
  4. ^ "Asian Stars Team Up to Help China". 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
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  6. ^ jypentertainment (2008-06-30), I Love Asia Project "Smile Again", retrieved 2016-07-05 
  7. ^ Billboard October 31st, 2009 Issue
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  9. ^ "박진영 '어머님이 누구니' 8개 음원차트 싹쓸이…미쓰에이 밀어냈다". Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Conan O'Brien & Steven Yeun Get K-Pop Makeover for J.Y. Park's 'Fire' Music Video". Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  11. ^ Team Coco (2016-04-09), J.Y. Park "Fire" feat. Conan O'Brien & Steven Yeun & Jimin Park Official M/V, retrieved 2016-07-01 
  12. ^ "'언니들의 슬램덩크' 통큰 언니쓰, 음원 수익금 기부한다텐아시아 | 텐아시아". 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Unnies' new song 'Shut Up' is taking the real-time charts by storm! | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  14. ^ "[단독] "마지막은 JYP와 함께"…아이오아이, 박진영 곡으로 컴백" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
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  16. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
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    • "Download Chart (Domestic) – The First Half of 2016 (see #364)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. 
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