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J-Hope in a white suit against a yellow, purple, and red background, his left hand rests on his temple
J-Hope, March 2019
Jung Ho-seok

(1994-02-18) February 18, 1994 (age 30)
Gwangju, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • record producer
Years active2012–present
Awards Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
LabelsBig Hit
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Ho-seok
McCune–ReischauerChǒng Hosǒk
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJeihop

Jung Ho-seok (Hangul: 정호석; born February 18, 1994), better known by his stage name J-hope, is a South Korean rapper and singer-songwriter. In 2013, J-Hope made his debut as a member of the South Korean band BTS, managed under Big Hit Entertainment.

J-Hope released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, March 1, 2018. A lot of people liked the album. His debut at number 63 (and subsequent peak at number 38) made him the highest charting solo Korean artist on the Billboard 200 at the time of the mixtape's release. In September 27, 2019, he released his song "Chicken Noodle Soup" featuring Becky G. J-Hope released his first studio album, Jack In The Box, July 15, 2022, and the most biggest album on iTunes.

Life and career

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1994–2012: Early life

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2013–present: BTS

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2018–present: Solo activities and first mixtape

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J-Hope makes music on the side while performing with the rest of BTS.

His stage name, "J-Hope (제이홉)" (transliteration: Jeihop), comes from his desire to represent hope for fans, as well as to be "the hope of BTS".

It is also a reference to the Greek myth of Pandora's box, as after the box was opened and all the evils inside were released to the world, the only thing left at the bottom was hope.

Personal life

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J-Hope currently lives in Seoul with the other members of BTS.

On February 18, 2019, J-Hope donated 100 million Korean won (US$89,000) to Child Fund Korea, in support of those attending his high school alma mater in Gwangju. He had previously donated 150 million won (about US$133,000) to the same organization in December 2018, but requested the donation be private at the time.[1]


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Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
Hope World
Track listing
  1. "Hope World"
  2. "P.O.P (Piece of Peace) pt.1"
  3. "Daydream (백일몽)"
  4. "Base Line"
  5. "HANGSANG (항상)" featuring Supreme Boi
  6. "Airplane"
  7. "Blue Side (Outro)"
13 35 160 13 34 14 23 30 38 1
  • US: 21,000


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  8. "NZ Top 40 Albums 12.03.2018". Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  9. "Swedish Weekly Album- Week 10, March 9, 2018". Archived from the original on March 10, 2018.
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