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On December 31st 2021, Jay Park announced that he would be stepping down from his position as CEO of both AOMG and H1GHR Music.

Image: Jay Park

He made the statement via social media - on Twitter and Instagram - before deactivating his Instagram account. He stated that he made the decision to step down from his position with great difficulty, though he will remain close by as an advisor. He also expressed his gratitude towards fans and fellow artists and employees at both labels.

Jay Park established AOMG (Above Ordinary Music Group) back in 2013, as the musical counterpart to his b-boy crew 'Art of Movement'. AOMG grew exponentially under Jay's guidance, becoming home ground to many well-known and well-loved artists such as Gray, Simon D, Loco, Code Kunst, Hoody, and new signees Lee Hi and Yugyeom.

Image: AOMG (2021)

This was followed by the establishment of H1GHR Music in 2017, co-founded alongside producer Cha Cha Malone. H1GHR also houses an impressive cohort of artists and producers, including pH-1, Sik-K, Haon Woodie Gochild, and recent signee Jay B to name a few. The label also houses sub-label AREA, as managed by the producer-duo GroovyRoom.

Through these labels, Jay Park was widely acclaimed as a key figure in the growth and popularisation of K-HipHop and K-RnB, building bridges between Korea and overseas and providing a platform for the artists under his labels.

Image: H1GHR Music for W Korea (2020)

Since his announcement, fans and several artists under his labels have expressed their gratitude towards Jay Park. And as a heartfelt farewell, Jay released ‘To Life’ on January 1st 2022.

It’s currently not confirmed what Jay Park would be doing next, however earlier this week, he officially announced his well awaited soju brand ‘Won Soju’ so we can only assume that his future endeavours may not involve music at all.

In the meantime, it is likely that DJ Pumkin will assume the sole position of CEO at AOMG, having played a key role in signing Lee Hi and Yugyeom to the label earlier this year.


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