Blogged by @Lan
For Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
For over a decade, multi-platinum, Korean-American hip-hop artist Jay Park has been at the forefront of the K-pop movement that swept through Asia, before successfully cementing his place as an independent hip-hop and R&B artist recognized worldwide.
Originally hailing from Seattle, Jay’s musical roots grew out of his passion for dance. As a competitive b-boy, Jay developed a genuine enthusiasm for hip-hop music and culture. Jay has always held true to both his culturally American roots, while embracing his ethnically Korean roots. Due to his nuanced, multi-cultural understanding and open-mindedness, Jay has garnered respect domestically in Korea and beyond as a global music icon.
In 2013, Jay Park founded the leading independent hiphop/urban label, AOMG, based in Seoul, South Korea. Active as both an artist and CEO, Jay founded AOMG with the intention of supporting and developing artists and producers organically, by focusing on their individual artistry first, over their commercialism. His methods have proven successful – within two years, AOMG artists topped all mainstream music charts in South Korea and Asian regions.
This year, Jay Park founded a second label, H1GHR MUSIC, further driving home his intention to bring the international music community together and develop the next generation of talent. The newly minted label houses artists from various countries, and continues to support and influence taste makers both mainstream and underground.
Jay Park‘s fourth studio album, Everything You Wanted, lands one year immediately after his 2016 album, WORLDWIDE. Everything You Wanted was warmly received worldwide and charted at #3 on Billboard’s World Album Chart, #3 in iTunes U.S. R&B Chart, and various singles charting in Korea’s MelOn Chart.
With a vision to utilize his platform to support important social causes, Jay has partnered with cosmetics brand MAC and InStyle Magazine to support World AIDS Day 2016 – with AOMG headlining the World AIDS Day Red Party in Seoul – and with W Magazine Korea for Breast Cancer Awareness. In 2016, former Vice President Al Gore invited Jay to participate in “24HoursofReality” to represent South Korea and Asia in an effort to promote a healthier world.
Jay Park continues to be recognized for his artistic and entrepreneurial ventures. Internationally, he was recognized in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Entertainment & Sports category and in Korea, as the 14th Korean Music Awards Artist of the Year. Most recently, Jay Park made waves as the first Asian American artist to sign with Jay Z’s venerated hip-hop and R&B label Roc Nation.
Instagram: @jparkitrighthere / Facebook: @ jaypaom / www.Jaypark.com