Jin-young Park 박진영 (J.Y. Park)
Park Jin-young (Hangul: 박진영, Hanja: 朴軫永, born January 13, 1972) also known as J.Y. Park (or simply JYP) is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and the current CEO/founder of JYP Entertainment, a major artist management/record label of Korean pop music. Over the past 11 years Park has become a prominent producer, composer, and artist, becoming the only Asian producer to cross over into the US market.[unreliable source?] He has since also started his own management company, JYP Entertainment.
Park has released seven albums. He debuted with Blue City in 1994, which was followed by his second album Tantara in 1995. His third album Summer Jingle Bell came out in 1997 and featured the hit song “She Was Pretty”. His fourth album Even After 10 Years (1998) featured the song “Honey”, and his seventh album Back To Stage (2007) featured the song “Kiss”. While maintaining his status as a successful artist, he has also composed and produced over 31 charting singles and 25 albums for various groups in South Korea including Rain and Wonder Girls.
Park also became the first Asian producer to successfully cross over to the U.S., producing music for Will Smith, Mase and Cassie.
In May 2008, Park collaborated with Jackie Chan to form the “I Love Asia” Project, prompted by the earthquake tragedy in China. Park is a capable English speaker, as evidenced by the various interviews he has conducted in the U.S. Park also holds a B.A. in Geology from Yonsei University.
In October 2009, JYP also 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