4:35 pm - 02/08/2019

Jackson hints at 'brand new start' and a possible project with 88 Rising

On February 7, Jackson shared a photo of himself with legendary American record producer Jimmy Lovine, the co-founder of the major U.S. label Interscope Records. During his storied career, Jimmy Lovine has worked with many famous artists, including John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, and more.

Jackson wrote in the caption in English, “Brand new start.” He went on to echo the sentiment in Korean, writing, “This is a new start,” before repeating himself in Chinese. The GOT7 member added in the hashtags, “Blessed,” “Snake or the Rabbit Records,” and “Team Wang.”

Some fans have speculated that Jackson may be teasing an upcoming project with Jimmy Iovine or hinting at the possibility of an American debut.

Fans noticed that Rich Brian from the label 88 Rising also uploaded a photo with Jimmy Lovine around the same time:



What's more, Jackson attended Spotify's Best New Artist 2019 event on February 7, and has been spotted hanging out with Kevin Hart, GoldLink, August 08, Rich Brian and other artists who are under 88 Rising label:


Jackson arrived in Los Angeles on February 3 and told fans about his plans of staying there for a month. During his VLive he revelaled he's going to release a new single in February, official Team Wang merchandise before April, and a full album before the end of the year.

What do you think he's preparing and are you ready for Jackson's world domination?

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daynr 9th-Feb-2019 12:10 am (UTC)
ooooh, interesting, especially since it's Mark's hometown (though as a native, I understand LA basics.)

I like Jackson and god knows he works hard, he's charming, he's cute, and he seems like a good person. But so far his music sucks, and he's going to need real help, imo, to make better music.

I don't know how I feel about all this, because I'm a got7 first kind of girl, and how Jackson can balance got7, China, and the U.S., especially since he already struggles to manage his health .....
22_taken 9th-Feb-2019 06:20 am (UTC)
When he announced the opening of his studio in China I thought he was going to focus on China, I didn't expect him to work in the US, but now that I look at his official releases, they've always been in English so I guess he's always had American debut in mind.

His music is not my style (I also checked out the most viewed tracks from 88 Rising), but I can see why he would like to work with them.

Jackson is still with got7 but I don't think he's going to renew his contract with jyp seeing how he's preparing for the future.
daynr 9th-Feb-2019 07:09 am (UTC)
Him not renewing seems a likely guess but it still makes me sad. I suspect he's not the only one who may want to leave but it still really makes me sad.

But he works really hard, it seems he's trying to be strategic, and there is nothing wrong with ambition. If I don't obsess over got7, I can't blame him. It still makes me sad.
reader17 9th-Feb-2019 02:07 am (UTC)
I love Got7 but I have not really liked Jackson solo music. I am not sure what all he is doing now, I know he no longer promotes with Got7 in Japan, wondering how much more solo stuff he is going to do, and will he end up missing out on more Got7 promotions. (Not saying he will but I think if he gets into to many different things it will take a toll on him, and I think Got7 will be the first things he stops doing. This is just my own thoughts).
mortkero 9th-Feb-2019 11:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the feeling I'm getting, my impression is he's popular in China? And that's a big market. K-pop groups tend to have short shelf life, abd ever decreasing activities, so tbh it makes sense to think about grabbing any opportunities out there.

It's unfortunate his solo stuff is not to my taste
evilcoc0nut 9th-Feb-2019 05:20 am (UTC)
Tbh the song with nic tse was the real deal... everything else hmmmlol
mortkero 9th-Feb-2019 11:06 am (UTC)
I didn't know he did a song with Nic Tse! Will have to check it out.
evilcoc0nut 9th-Feb-2019 11:32 pm (UTC)
he did! It was really good. His rapping fit really well with the song. I'm a longtime Nic fan tho so I might be biased hahah.
aeipathy 9th-Feb-2019 06:04 am (UTC)
ugh why all this stuff with noted homophobe misogynist and all around shitty person kevin hart
rougepoison 9th-Feb-2019 06:24 am (UTC)
I see that the papillon is spreading his wings!
yuujinchous 9th-Feb-2019 11:42 am (UTC)
jackson's ventures outside of got7 are so... strange. his music aside, he's seen hanging out with some very side-eye worthy people like... is rich brian not that kid who used to be called rich "chigga"? god......... not my kind of stuff at all! anyways to each their own and whatever but contrary to (what seems like) popular belief i actually do think he's going re-sign with jype! idk when their contracts are up and i'm willing to eat my words if he does end up leaving but i'm pretty sure he's gonna stay with got7 a little while longer

that said, i wonder if jjp are gonna have a cb in march? since jackson is gonna be in la for a month apparently and bambam is gonna have his solo fanmeetings? which are also in march? i really do wonder.............................................

Edited at 2019-02-09 11:44 am (UTC)
22_taken 9th-Feb-2019 02:31 pm (UTC)
jinyoung is busy with his drama, twitter rumors say that there will be a subunit in march but it might be youngjae/jb instead
yuujinchous 9th-Feb-2019 02:49 pm (UTC)
ah really? what makes people think that there might be a 2jae unit? :o i don't really think his filming schedule would keep jinyoung from releasing another jjp album but i guess i'll just have to wait and see
22_taken 9th-Feb-2019 06:03 pm (UTC)
youngjae and jaebum shared pics of them rehearsing, only two of them, that's why fans assume they're going to release something soon. it's just an assumption though, nothing is confirmed.

i guess it depends on jinyoung's drama filming schedule and i'm not sure when he's going to finish it.
yuujinchous 9th-Feb-2019 07:35 pm (UTC)
most, if not all, of the pics they shared were from before their japanese promotions so i always figured they were working on iwlyg in those pics! it would definitely be very interesting to see what they would come out with as a unit but i'm not gonna lie verse 2 was too good an album for me not to wish for another one :')

same, i wonder about that too! it kind of feels like he's gonna film episodes as they air but idk
jessi_cola 9th-Feb-2019 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hopefully this means his solo music won't suck from now on...
snowphone 9th-Feb-2019 06:23 pm (UTC)
all i want is for him to release some less shitty music
milkmp3 9th-Feb-2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
daceymormont 10th-Feb-2019 09:02 am (UTC)
i'm over jackson but all of this makes it seem like he's preparing for his post got7 career and that makes me sad

i hope he'll at least release good music now (not holding my breath)
petecarl 10th-Feb-2019 12:39 pm (UTC)
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