Except for Nichkhun, who was scouted, all the other members of 2PM auditioned to become trainees of JYP Entertainment.
Though some members already had experience in the entertainment industry, including Jun. K, who had won several singing competitions. Ok Taecyeon, Lee Junho, and Hwang Chansung had participated in the show SuperStar Survival.
III. The Start Of 2PM
2PM beginnings started when Korean musician Park Jin-young formed an eleven-member band known as One Day through the documentary series Hot Blood Men.
In this documentary, former member Jay Park finished at the top spot and received the most fan votes. It also featured the elimination of three trainees from the group: Lee Swichi, Jeong Jinwoon, and Yoon Doo-joon were all cut. However, Jinwoon replaced Im Daehun upon the latter's withdrawal.
Eventually, the band was split into two separate units, the hip hop group 2PM and the vocal group known as 2AM.
While most Korean boy bands at the time adopted a "pretty boy" or kkonminam image, 2PM constructed a tough and macho beast-like image when they made their debut. By emphasizing their masculine images, 2PM is known for creating the "jimseung-dol" (which translates to beast/animal idol in Korean) phenomenon in 2008.
2PM debuted with the song "10 Out of 10" (10점 만점에 10점, lit. "10 Points Out of 10 Points"), which showcased their acrobatic dance styles on August 8th, 2008.
Jay Park Departure & Continue As 6
The former leader, Jaebeom and currently known as Jay Park, left 2PM in 2010.
Jaebeom announced on his official Fancafé that he would leave the group and return to the United States for a while to calm the situation. He planned to return to school and improve his understanding of music.
At the same time, he apologized to his fellow band members for not being a good leader and come back as a better person. Park Jin-young confirmed that 2PM would continue on as a six-member group.
Due to the sensitive topic of Jaebeom's departure, 2PM withdrew for several weeks from their appearances on variety shows.
In support of Jaebeom, the six remaining 2PM members decided to equally split their income from their first album with him. The album included tracks voiced by Jaebeom, although his face was excluded from the cover. The group finished re-filming their music video for the album's lead single "Heartbeat", without Jaebeom in October 2009.
The group then began promotional activities for the album on a variety of music shows, including Mnet's O Good Concert, KBS' Music Bank, MBC's Music Core, and SBS' Inkigayo in November 2009. A week and a half after the album's release, 2PM performed at the Mnet Asian Music Awards on November 21, 2009, and took home the awards for Best Male Group and Artist of the Year, the latter being one of the three most prestigious awards of the show.
The group paid homage to Jaebeom during their performance of "Again & Again".
During the performance, a spotlight shone over Jaebeom's usual position in the dance formation, and his vocals played over the speakers without being replaced.
IV. Present: JYPe Directors, Enlistment, Renewals & Comeback
On January 31, 2018, five of the six members of 2PM signed their renewal to JYP Entertainment with Taecyeon's renewal to be discussed after serving his military service.
The following day, JYP Entertainment appointed the members of 2PM as directors of external affairs as they were the most senior group in the company. Jun. K also entered the military on May 8. Wooyoung enlisted on July 8, serving active duty. On July 25, it was announced that Taecyeon decided not to re-sign with JYP Entertainment, instead of signing with 51K. However, he stated that he will continue promoting with 2PM.
Taecyeon completed his military service and was discharged on May 16, 2019. Junho began his military service on May 30, 2019, as a public service worker, while Chansung enlisted on June 11, 2019. Jun. K completed his military service and was discharged on January 2, 2020. Wooyoung was also discharged on February 25, 2020, and Chansung was discharged on January 5, 2021.
It was announced in January 2021 that 2PM would make a full group comeback later in the year after Junho has completed his military service. Junho was then discharged on March 20. Then come June 7, 2021, it was officially revealed that 2PM would be coming back with their seventh studio album 'Must'. The album marked four years since their hiatus, and five years since the release of Gentleman's Game.
'Must' was released on June 28 alongside its lead single "Make It," which was co-written by member Wooyoung.
V. Meet The Members
Name: Taecyeon (택연)
Birth Name: Ok Taec Yeon
Position: Main Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, 2nd Visual
Birthday: December 27, 1988
Name: Junho (준호)
Birth Name: Lee Jun Ho
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Birthday: January 25, 1990
Name: Chansung (찬성)
Birth Name: Hwang Chan Sung
Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae
Birthday: February 11, 1990
Name: Nichkhun (닉쿤)
Birth Name: Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล)
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Visual
Birthday: June 24, 1988
Name: Jun. K (준케이)
Birth Name: Kim Min Jun
Position: Main Vocalist
Birthday: January 15, 1988
Name: Wooyoung (우영)
Birth Name: Jang Woo Young
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Birthday: April 30, 1989
VI. Music Videos
VIII. Korean Albums
IX. Japanese Albums
|Republic of 2PM||2011|
|Legend of 2PM||2013|
|Genesis of 2PM||2014|
|2PM of 2PM||2015|
|Galaxy of 2PM||2016|
X. Members Solos
XI. Members Social Media
- Twitter: @2PMagreement211