Jin From "BTS" Has Released A Solo Track — Here's Everything To Know About Him

    He's "Worldwide Handsome" and so much more.

    With the release of his single "The Astronaut" on October 28, Jin became the second member of BTS (after J-Hope) to officially release music as part of the group's primarily solo-driven Chapter 2.

    "The Astronaut" marks the culmination of Jin's journey as an artist so far; a fitting goodbye-for-now ahead of his compulsory military service in the coming months.

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    Jin, who won an individual fan-voted popularity award at the Fact Music Awards recently, will be away from the spotlight for about 18 months, so it's the perfect time to get caught up on and/or revisit his career to date...

    With the self-perpetuated nickname "Worldwide Handsome," which he started using after he basically went viral for being hot, Jin (whose full name is Kim Seok-jin) is undoubtedly very good-looking, but he's also incredibly charming and funny.

    As the eldest member of BTS, Jin plays a large part in maintaining the harmonious dynamic of the group, and is known for his charisma, his ice-breaking jokes, and his willingness to embarrass himself for the entertainment and comfort of others.

    Tae tripped and fell on his knees so Jin did it as well so he wouldn’t feel embarrassed., 🥺😭 #BTSatGDA @BTS_twt

    JTBC / Via Twitter: @taebokkiii

    His bubbly and warm personality can be seen in BTS's own shows like Run BTS or In the Soop, as well as his own mukbang livestreaming series "Eat Jin" and his many gaming livestreams, not to mention external variety shows, awards shows, and red carpets.

    a compilation of kim seokjin in every run bts episode (1-155) 🏃🏻✨

    Twitter: @filmsforjin

    He also frequently organizes events and moments during concerts purely to show his affection for fans and to make them smile.

    But while Jin often expresses his desire to only show his bright side to fans, he also isn't afraid to be honest and vulnerable about his emotions — often using his music to explore darker feelings and themes of self-worth and mental health.

    Jin : You see the bright and funny side of me, but I also get depressed very often. I’m just trying to stay positive for you guys. Jin I’m crying now, I love you. #BurnTheStage #PremiosMTVMiaw #MTVBRKPOPBTS @BTS_twt

    Big Hit Music / Via Twitter: @choi_bts2

    Jin didn't originally plan to be a singer — he was actually studying acting at Konkuk University in Seoul when he was scouted off the street by Big Hit, the entertainment agency that went on to form BTS.

    Big Hit Music / Via Twitter: @bighit_music

    Rappers RM, Suga, and J-Hope were already BTS members when Jin became a trainee with Big Hit, and he was added as a vocalist to the group around the same time as fellow vocalist Jungkook, with V and Jimin rounding out the vocal line shortly after.

    Jin participated in a couple of unofficial songs with other BTS members before their debut, including "A Typical Trainee's Christmas" with RM, Suga, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, "School of Tears" with RM and Suga, and "Adult Child," also with RM and Suga.

    RM, Jin, and Suga stand in a row wearing shades of grey in the "Adult Child" video

    While the bulk of BTS songs feature all seven members of the group in some way, they also often release sub-unit songs as well as solos. On the group's second album O!RUL8,2?, Jin took part in a track by the vocal line sub-unit (that is, the vocalists of the group — Jimin, Jungkook, and V), "Outro: Luv in Skool."

    Jin closes his eyes while singing into a microphone

    The next few years saw BTS continue to focus on coming-of-age themes, with Jin participating in group tracks as well as vocal unit tracks like "Outro: Propose," "Outro: Do You Think It Makes Sense?" and "Outro: Love Is Not Over," the latter of which Jin co-wrote.

    Close-up of Jin with bleached blond hair singing into a microphone with the caption "Love is not over, over, over"

    Jin has also featured on a bunch of other sub-unit songs featuring different combinations of BTS members, including "It's Definitely You" with V for the Hwarang K-drama soundtrack, "So Far Away" with Suga and Jungkook, "Jamais Vu" with J-Hope and Jungkook, and "Stay" with RM and Jungkook.

    V and Jin sing into microphones while facing and looking at each other and smiling, standing close together

    On the solo front, Jin started his journey in 2015 by releasing a couple of covers of songs that were meaningful to him: Ra.D's "Mom" and Mate's "I Love You."

    Drunk Seokjin (& yoongi) emotionally vibing to Jin’s cover of “Eomma” 🥺

    Twitter: @jinniebaby0T7

    Later, in 2018, he also covered Kim Dae-Myeung's "In Front of the Post Office in Autumn."

    Jin's first official solo release was the heart-aching ballad "Awake" for BTS's 2016 album Wings. The song, which Jin co-wrote, seems to explore his feelings about his abilities and his place within BTS, and his determination to keep bettering himself. Its release was accompanied by a short film.

    Close-up of Jin staring emotionally at the camera

    He followed that up with another emotional ballad, "Epiphany," in 2018 for BTS's Love Yourself album series, which told a narrative of falling in love and experiencing a toxic relationship, before finally breaking free. "Epiphany" explores the last act, focusing on learning to love yourself.

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    Although Jin didn't have any songwriting credits on the official version, the demo version of the song he created, "Epiphany (Jin Demo)," was released on physical copies of the Proof anthology in 2022. 

    "Moon," released on 2020's Map of the Soul: 7, is a boppy, bright song also co-written by Jin.

    Moon | Live ver. (2020) ☾ #김석진 #JIN @BTS_twt

    Big Hit Music / Via Twitter: @seokjinstrack

    It was the first (but not the last) time he used the imagery of space to explore his feelings about fans. In the song, he positions himself as the moon and fans as the Earth, which he is dedicated to.

    Map of the Soul: 7 was originally intended to be BTS's final release before they began their compulsory military service (but the pandemic interfered with their plans), and so "Moon" would have likely been intended to serve the same reassuring function as "The Astronaut" is now (the same could be said for Jin's co-written unit track "Stay," which came in between his two space solos at another point in which BTS intended to begin military service before their plans changed once again).

    Outside of his work on BTS albums, Jin also released several solo tracks before "The Astronaut," which were initially unofficial releases but have since been officially added to his discography. "Tonight" was the first, in 2019. It's a moving ode he wrote to his beloved pets who have passed away.

    [tonight] by jin — lyric translation :) note: “hello this is jin. this is a song i wrote, thinking about my [late] pets. it’s my first self-written song, so please listen to it well. next time, too, i’ll work hard to make another good song for you [to listen to]. thank you army”

    Twitter: @btstranslation7

    In 2020, Jin released the heart-wrenching yet cathartic "Abyss" as a gift for his birthday. He wrote the song to explore some of his mental health struggles and the darker emotions he'd been feeling in the wake of BTS's global success with their first English track "Dynamite."

    201203 Jin’s Tweet & Blog Post Hello, this is Jin It’s two hours before my birthday This is something I worked hard on, I’ll leave this here! #JIN #Abyss https://t.co/4MfJe2yGBZ https://t.co/kCfYG3KSGJ Trans cr; Aditi, Denise & Faith @ bts-trans © TAKE OUT WITH FULL CREDITS https://t.co/2DpMnE4LCH

    Twitter: @bts_trans

    In 2021, he celebrated his birthday with a very different track — the silly, upbeat "Super Tuna," which leans into Jin's more playful side and which he wrote about one of his favorite hobbies — fishing.

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    Although Jin describes the song as "embarrassing" and says he doesn't want anyone except fans to know about it, the song went viral and delighted millions. 

    The same year, Jin also had a solo song featured on the soundtrack for K-drama Jirisan, a soft ballad called "Yours." 

    Which brings us back to "The Astronaut," the song Jin co-wrote with Coldplay. Jin has long been a fan of the British band, and connected with them when they collaborated with BTS on their song "My Universe" — another space-themed love song, which is actually referenced in the opening lines of "The Astronaut."

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    According to Chris Martin, Jin contacted him to request his help with a song to express his love for fans ahead of his military service. The result is "The Astronaut," which picks up on the themes present not only in "My Universe" but also Jin's previous solo track "Moon." 

    Jin got to perform "The Astronaut" at Coldplay's concert in Argentina the day after the song was released, and it was a fitting first performance as well as a farewell (for now) — which you can watch in full in the video above. 

    What is your fave Jin song? You can listen to a playlist of his sub-units and solos below, and let us know what you love most in the comments!

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