- BTS member J-Hope turns a year older today
- BTS ARMY declared their birthday “Hobi Day”
- J-Hope’s real name is Jung Hoseok
It’s February 18 in Korea, and for K-pop fans, it’s officially “J-Hope Day.” Dance leader and BTS rapper, Jung Hoseok aka Hobi/J-hope turns 28 this year and to celebrate this day ARMY has pulled out all the stops. The group’s dedicated fans make sure he knows he is loved and to do that they share his songs, photos and write him sweet birthday notes on social media.
Hobi released his first mixtape, “Hope World”, in 2018. The album was met with positive response and subsequent debut. The higher numbers made him the highest ranked Korean solo artist on the US Billboard 200 at that time. In September 2019, he released the single “Chicken Noodle Soup” featuring Becky G. The song reached No. 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making him the first BTS member with a Hot 100 hit under his own name.
Here’s how fans wished him on social media.
Before debuting with BTS, J-Hope was part of the underground dance crew Neuron. After taking dance lessons for six years, he signed his contract with Big Hit Entertainment. His amazing dancing skills eventually led him to get interested in singing, helping him audition as an idol trainee. On June 13, 2013, J-Hope joined as a member of BTS on Mnet’s M! Countdown to the track “No More Dream” from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was the third member to join the group as a trainee after RM and Suga. Since then, J Hope has been involved in the process of creating every album in BTS’s discography.
For the uninitiated, J-Hope’s real name is Jung Hoseok. His stage name, J-Hope, comes from his desire to represent hope to fans, as well as being “BTS’s hope”.