Born on February 18, 1994, Jung Ho Seok a.k.a. J-Hope is a member of popular South Korean group BTS (Bangtan Boys). Before making his debut with the boyband, he had been relatively well known for his dancing skill, having won various dance competitions in his native country. This eventually led him to gain interest in becoming an idol singer, joining Big Hit Entertainment that helped him debut with his other BTS groupmates.
BTS immediately received a lot of loves following their debut in 2013 with "No More Dream" off their first album "2 Cool 4 Skool". They won New Artist of the Year at the 2013 Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards. Their popularity kept increasing after that, becoming a sensation to everyone in the U.S. following the win of Top Social Artist at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
While enjoying the success of the group, J-Hope embarked on a solo career. In March 2018, he released his first solo mixtape entitled "Hope World" along with a music video for its lead single "Daydream". His effort was a commercial success, peaking at No. 38 on Billboard 200. It made him become the highest charting Korean solo act on the chart. "Hope World" additionally peaked at No. 35 and No. 19 on Canadian Albums chart and Top Rap Albums chart respectively.
Not only the album, but tracks off "Hope World" also made it to the chart. For instance, "Daydream" topped Billboard's World Digital Songs chart while its title track peaked at No. 6. The success of his project led to him ranking third on Emerging Artists Chart and Artist 100 Chart. This marked him as the second Korean solo act to place on the Artist 100, following Psy.
As J-Hope continued working with BTS after the release of his mixtape, he joined forces with bandmate V and Zara Larsson on a song called "A Brand New Day" that served as the soundtrack to mobile game BTS World. The song was released on June 14, 2019. Later in September, he collaborated with Becky G for "Chicken Noodle Soup", which samples Webstar and Young B's 2006 song of the same title. It was an immediate hit among fans, topping iTunes charts in several countries. The music video for the song also sparked a viral dance challenge, with many people posting videos of them performing the arm-flipping routine that J-Hope did in the visuals.