BTS’s Jungkook Is The 21st Century Michael Jackson, According To Korea’s Representative Vocal Trainer

“…like seeing a ’21st-century evolved Michael Jackson.”

Korea’s renowned vocal trainer, Park Sun Joo, has made a bold comparison in a recent interview that places BTS‘s Jungkook in the same realm as the legendary Michael Jackson. Known for her expertise in vocal training and an acute ear for talent, Park’s comparison is not one to be taken lightly.

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She has described Jungkook’s latest solo album, GOLDEN, as reminiscent of a “21st-century evolved Michael Jackson,” highlighting not only his exceptional vocal abilities but also his unparalleled stage presence and influence in the global music scene.

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This comparison draws upon several factors that align Jungkook with the King of Pop. First and foremost, both artists have demonstrated an extraordinary level of talent from a young age, captivating audiences worldwide with their vocal range, dynamic performances, and charismatic personalities. Michael Jackson, known for his groundbreaking music and mesmerizing dance moves, has been a figure of inspiration for countless artists, including Jungkook, who has often expressed admiration for Jackson’s work.

I was amazed by Jungkook’s latest solo album. It felt like seeing a ’21st-century evolved Michael Jackson.

— Park Sun Joo

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The similarities extend beyond their musical talents. Both Jackson and Jungkook have a profound impact on their respective generations, reshaping the music industry’s landscape and setting new standards for performance art. Jungkook’s ability to blend genres, coupled with his innovative approach to music and performance, mirrors Jackson’s career, which was marked by continuous evolution and a penchant for pushing creative boundaries.

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And Park is not the first to put the two artists in the same circle. Previous comparisons between Jungkook and Michael have focused on their dancing skills but also on their ability to convey emotion through music, their dedication to their craft, and their roles as cultural icons.

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Fans and critics alike have noted Jungkook’s versatility as a performer, his dedication to perfecting his art form, and his influence over the global music scene, drawing parallels to Jackson’s legendary status.

Moreover, Jungkook’s performances, often characterized by their energy, precision, and emotional depth, reflect the essence of what made Michael Jackson a global phenomenon. From his meticulous attention to detail in dance routines to his vocal performance that ranges from powerful belts to tender melodies, Jungkook embodies the spirit of innovation and excellence that Michael Jackson was known for.

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As the world continues to watch Jungkook’s evolution as an artist, it’s clear that his legacy — much like Michael Jackson’s — will be remembered for generations to come.