Jay Park is a singer, dancer, rapper and b-boy, and he carries with him a massive, major cult following generally reserved for stuff like the McRib. He hasn't been on "Idol" or "Dancing With The Stars." He hasn't toured with Gaga. But he's harnessed enough star power to get him an O Music Award nomination (in the "Must Follow Artist On Twitter" category) solely via fan write-ins. Now it's time for the rest of you to discover who he is.
Washington-born Jay Park has been singing and dancing his entire life. He got signed by k-pop magnate JYP, who flew him to Korea to receive further dance and voice training. He joined Korean boy band 2PM and, as they say, the rest was history. After winning awards, topping the charts and overcoming some legal dramz with 2PM, Jay Park was dropped from his record label in February 2010, and his fans were furious. Jay laid low back in the U.S. for a while but kept in touch with his fans the best way possible -- on YouTube.
Jay Park's cover of B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" (which he recorded in his bathroom), has received more than 6 million hits on YouTube, and his covers of Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" and Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now (Deuces)" aren't far behind that. Thanks to the success of his videos, Jay has recently returned to Korea, where he was welcome with open arms, and announced via Twitter that he's ready to make his official comeback in Korea. His debut solo album is set to be released this month.
Again, Jay Park has fewer than 200,000 Twitter followers, yet both he and Lady Gaga have an O Music Award "Must Follow Artist On Twitter" nomination, and as of this writing he is BEATING LADY GAGA. This leads us to ask the obvious question: Is Jay Park and his fanbase taking over the world?
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