Its Hobi Day!
Armies all around the world are celebrating right now because J-Hope has turned 28 today. The BTS member did a Vlive to honor his fans and help them have a great time on his birthday. J-Hope is sincerely loved by his fans and cherished by music lovers all across the world. The rapper and dancer who is a part of world’s biggest boy band BTS has melted hearts over the due course of his life. But how many of you do know how J-Hope started his journey in this idol world. Here is a tribute to the artist’s entire career on his birthday:
Jung Ho-Seok, better known as J-Hope, was born on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea. He also has a elder sister. He was a member of the underground dance group Neuron before joining BTS, and he studied dance at Gwangju Music Academy for six years, from fourth grade to his first year of high school, when he signed his contract with BigHit Entertainment. Prior to his debut, J-Hope was well-known for his dancing abilities, having won a number of local awards, including first place in a national dance competition in 2008. His dancing abilities led to an interest in singing, which led to an audition as an idol trainee.
BigHit and BTS
J-Hope debuted as a member of BTS on Mnet’s M! Countdown on June 13, 2013, with the song No More Dream off their first single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. After RM and Suga, he was the third member to join the group as a trainee. Since then, J-Hope has been engaged in the making of all of BTS’ albums. The success of BTS is not hidden. The group went from winning national and international awards ever since they debuted. J-Hope being the rapper and lead dancer of the group has held the group tight and strong and has a very close bond with all the members of BTS.
In 2014, they released Dark & Wild, their first Korean-language studio album, and Wake Up, their first Japanese-language studio album. Wings (2016), the group’s second Korean studio album, was their first to sell one million copies in the country. BTS had entered the global music market by 2017, leading the Korean Wave into the United States and breaking numerous sales records. They became the first Korean artist to top the US Billboard 200 with their studio album Love Yourself: Tears, as well as the first Korean act to get a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for their single Mic Drop (2018).
BTS is one of the few groups since the Beatles to have four number-one albums in the United States in less than two years, and Love Yourself: Answer (2018) was the first Korean album to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With their Grammy-nominated track Dynamite, BTS became the first all-South Korean act to achieve number one on the Billboard Global 200 and US Billboard Hot 100 in 2020. BTS became the only group since Michael Jackson to have five US number-one songs with Savage Love, Life Goes On, Butter, and Permission to Dance.
J-Hope’s debut mixtape Hope World was released on March 2, 2018, along with the first song Daydream, by the label BigHit Entertainment. A week later, a second single, Airplane, was released. J-Hope became the highest charting Korean solo artist at the time of the album’s release, peaking at number 38 on the Billboard 200. J-Hope explained why and how his mixtape came to be, saying, “The reason I made the mixtape was because it was kind of like a dream for me… to make and play a song that I made about myself. I wanted to play it for many people. And for the longest time, I worked on it and invested in that dream, and I studied a lot and wrote songs, researched to make it happen so I could figure out a way that many fans and the public who don’t know about J-Hope can all enjoy my music. So first and foremost the reason why I made [Hope World] was because I wanted it so badly.”
Since 2018, J-Hope has been a member of Child Fund Korea’s “Green Noble Club,” which honors high-value donations. On February 18, 2019, he made a donation of 100 million won (US$90,000) to the foundation in support of students at his Gwangju high school alma mater. In December 2018, he gave $150 million ($135,000), but asked that the contribution be kept hidden at the time. He gave another $100 million in December 2019. On November 17, 2020, he contributed $100 million to help youngsters who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. He contributed $150 million to help children with vision and hearing problems on February 18, 2021. On May 4, in honor of Children’s Day, he donated $100 million to children in Tanzania who are victims of violence. In December, he donated another ₩100 million, to cover heating expenses for children in low-income families and childcare facilities, and for medical expenses of pediatric patients. J-Hope has donated a cumulative total of ₩800 million to Child Fund Korea since 2018.
Love for Army
J-Hope is extremely compassionate and full of energy person. He is usually known as the sunshine of the group and acts as a positive energy disseminator. His love for armies is not hidden at all. In fact his user name on Instagram is also UARMYHOPE which can be translated to You-Army-Hope or YOU-ARE-MY-HOPE. J-Hope has time and again mentioned that his love for armies is beyond oceans and that whatever he has achieved in his life, it is because of Armies.
Reciprocating this love, Armies globally wish J-Hope a very happy birthday.