2PM

 

2PM; (L)

Taecyeon, Nichkhun, Chansung, Junho, Wooyoung, Junsu.

2PM is a South-Korean Boy group that was created in the year 2008 by JYP Entertainment. Orignally the group debuted and consisted of 7 members but due to controversy that arose in September of 2009 the Leader ‘Jaebeom’ otherwise known as ‘Jay Park’ left and returned to his home in Seattle. Awhile later on February 25, 2010, JYP Entertainment announced that Jaebeom would not be returning to 2PM, as his contract with the company had been permanently terminated. It was also said that a new leader would not be chosen to replace Jaebeom. The group now only constist of the follwoing remaining members; Kim Junsu, Lee Junho, Nichkhun Horvejkul, Ok Taecyeon, Jang Wooyoung and Hwang Chansung. 2PM is one of the two subg roups that branched off of an eleven-member (before Jaebeom’s departure) Korean boy group called “One Day”, the other sub group being fellow Korean ballad singing group ‘2AM’.

They debuted with the song “10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom” (10점 만점에 10점) literally meaning;  “10 Points Out of 10 Points”on September 4th, of 2008. Then on October 17th, 2008, they began promotions for the song “Only You”, another song from their mini debut album “Hottest Time of the Day.” On April 16th, 2009, the group released their second mini album “2:00PM Time For Change”, which they started  promoting on April 23rd of 2009. On May 26th of 2009 2PM recieved their first Mutizen Song award on M!Countdown, a first since they debuted; that same week they won their second Mutizen on SBS Inkigayo.  2PM later earned a third Mutizen  award the following week, completing the triple crown and making them ineligible to win for the following weeks. However, the Music Bank award that had been excluding them was quickly won soon again after. A few monthes later in June, 2PM began promoting for their song “Niga Mipda” (니가 밉다), literally meaning “I Hate You” in Korean. On July 2nd and 3rd, 2PM achieved first place on the M!Countdown and Music Bank charts for the song “I Hatw You” They achieved the triple crown title again for the song on M!Countdown by July 16th. Later on they achieved the ‘Only One Song’ award on M!Countdown. They achieved their first Number 1 with hit song “Again & Again” that was released in 2009.

2PM made their first overseas performance in Thailand in late February 2009 at the Nine Entertain Awards. On June 25, they released their “Thailand Special Edition” album, and began promotions in Thailand shortly afterward. 2PM also performed at the Pop Music Awards in Pattaya. After that 2PM advanced into the Chinese market on November 25th, 2009 as they met with their Chinese fans at the 2009 Hanryu showcase (Korea-China Music Festival), held in Shanghai, China. 2PM planned to gradually enter the market through promotions and the release of their first full album. JYPE then released 2PM first full album “1:59” at Malaysia and Philippines through Sony Music Malaysia and Philippines.

 

Television hosting;

In December 2008, 2PM began to host the third season of MBC’s Idol Show (아이돌군단의 떴다!그녀).The segment ran from December 4, 2008 to March 26, 2009, with a total of seventeen episodes. The group also starred in a reality show on M.net, titled “Wild Bunny”, in which the members escaped the pressures of stardom by performing ten forbidden activities of idols. The show ran from July 21, 2009 to September 1, 2009, with seven episodes aired; the airing of the final episode, which coincidentally featured the members engaged in a “Leader Olympics” game to select a new leader, was postponed indefinitely due to Jaebeom’s internet controversy and his subsequent departure from the group.  In addition, Taecyeon and Wooyoung have hosted SBS’s weekly music show Inkigayo, while Jaebeom and Chansung have also made regular appearances on ‘Introducing Star Friends’. Since Jaebeom was voted off, Nichkhun replaced his position as the guest. Nichkhun and Wooyoung were also frequent guests on SBS’s variety talent show Star King between April and October 2009, with the other 2PM members occasionally joining them. Recently, Taecyeon became a permanent cast member of the second season of Family Outing, a celebrity variety show airing on SBS.Wooyoung is also now a co-host of the KBS celebrity talk show Win Win.In March 2010, Junho returned as a permanent cast member of the sports variety show Dream Team 2, also on KBS, for which he was part of the pilot episode in September before having to withdraw due to Jaebeom’s controversy. In June 2010, Nichkhun signed on to be a part of the popular MBC celebrity reality show “We Got Married”, where he will act as a make-believe husband to Victoria from f(x).

 

Endorsements;

In March 2009, 2PM was selected to model for EXR, a clothing company in Korea. In July 2009, the members of 2PM were selected as the representatives of foreign artists by the Thai government-led tourism campaign, “I Love Thailand. ” Member Nichkhun has also been selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as the face of their newest campaign, “Come to Thailand; Let’s Take a Break!” In August 2009, 2PM collaborated with the Body Shop in ‘Soft Hands, Kind Heart’, a worldwide campaign that calls for the protection of children and teenagers against sex trafficking. The members will act as Korea’s spokespeople for the campaign. In late October 2009, a commercial film (CF) of 2PM promoting Hanami (a Thailand snack company) was released, which also included Jaebeom; the commercial was said to be filmed prior to his departure in September.

November 2009 saw multiple new endorsement deals for the group, the first of which being a commercial and print campaign for Market O’s “Real Brownie” pastry. Shortly thereafter, the group endorsed the Samsung Corby mobile phone, one of the newest mobile devices in Samsung’s popular “Anycall” series, both on television and on the Samsung website. 2PM is also currently endorsing Paris-Croissant Food Company’s Paris Baguette bakery franchise, for which the group recorded a special Christmas song and are featured in a series of commercials with popular Korean actress Kim Tae Hee. In 2010, 2PM has signed on to endorse Coca-Cola as well as the clothing company SPRIS (also known as PONY). Members Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Junsu and Wooyoung endorse Cass Beer, and Nichkhun has continued advertising for the Suzuki Jelato motorcycle in Thailand. In addition, 2PM now endorses Calvin Klein; South Korea, as well as, most recently, It’s Skin, a South Korean cosmetics and skin care brand.

Awards;

Year Awards
2009
2010

 

Televized Awards;

These are a collection of 2PM wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel Mnet, and Music Bank on KBS.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2009 June 12 Again & Again
July 3 I Hate You
November 27 Heartbeat
December 4
December 11
December 18
2010 May 7 Without U
May 14
October 22 I’ll Be Back
October 29

Inkigayo;

Year Date Song
2009 May 10 Again & Again
May 16
May 24
November 29 Heartbeat
December 6
December 13
2010 May 16 Without U
May 23
October 24 I’ll Be Back

M! Countdown;

Year Date Song
2009 May 7 Again & Again
May 14
May 21
July 2 I Hate You
July 9
July 16
2010 April 29 Without U
May 6
May 13
October 28 I’ll Be Back
November 4

 

 Reference / Resource:

  1. Google.com – Images; [Search: 2pm 2010]

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