K-Pop Battle: 2PM vs. Jay Park
Yes, we went there.
2PM and the idol group’s former leader Jay Park go head to head in this week’s K-Pop battle.
2PM made its debut in 2008 under the creative direction of JYP Entertainment’s Park Jin Young and literally back flipped onto the music scene with the single 10 Points Out of 10 Points.
Although 2PM’s acrobatic choreography and carefree spirit was a refreshing alternative to the prepackaged pretty boy groups that preceded it, it was through hits Again & Again and I Hate You that the boys proved they were here to stay, winning first place on various music programs.
In 2009, however, leader Jay Park found himself in some hot water when the comments he made on his MySpace account back in 2005 expressing his dislike for Korea surfaced. Although he issued an apology, Park ultimately left the group and returned to his hometown in the U.S.
2PM has since been active as a six-member group and has gone on to become one of Korea’s representative idol groups with hits Heartbeat, Without You, I’ll Be Back and, most recently, Hands Up.
These days, the boys have been keeping busy with promotions abroad, not only taking home two awards at the Japan Gold Disc Awards earlier this year but announcing plans to release a Best Hits album in Japan in March as well as hold six concerts at Japan’s Budokan in May.
Park has also bounced back from the MySpace controversy. After signing with Sidus HQ, he released the Korean version of Bruno Mars hit Nothin’ On You as his first solo single in Korea in 2010.
He has since released a steady stream of singles, including Abandoned, Demon, Girlfriend and Star. He also remains an active force on the b-boy scene with his dance crew Art of Movement.
The singer recently released an eerie teaser photo for new album New Breed in which he sheds his pretty boy image and channels Zombie Boy ahead of its release on February 7.
The idol group and its former leader are bound to cross paths in the K-pop world, and we want to know where your loyalties lie.
Cast your vote in the K-pop section of our website now, and if you’re brave, let us know who you voted for and why in the comments below. And remember to keep the competition friendly, people!
Photo credit: JYP, Sidus
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