It’s official, JAY B (I.G @jaybnow.hr) has signed with Jay Park’s H1GHR MUSIC, formalizing his partnership with the release of his first official solo single “Switch It Up” this Friday, May 14 (6 p.m. KST). The news was revealed by the “label of the year” on Tuesday, May 11 with a teaser uploaded to their YouTube channel.
Through a press release, the artist commented about his signing with the label: “As I’m starting as a solo artist, I wanted to be free in the musical spectrum. So I had to spend a lot of time thinking of what kind of music I should pursue and other factors outside of the music.” The artist continued: “I finally decided to join H1GHR MUSIC with the faith that I could accomplish my goals here, becoming an artist who puts out various outcomes based on my previous music career,” JAY B said. “I’m really excited to start as a solo artist here at H1GHR MUSIC.”
At the end of March, rumors were swirling about talks between the South Korean artist and the international label. Last week, the label released a video in which artists belonging to the label reacted to the news of the then-surprise new member, commenting that he would be a great addition to the label considering the artist’s musical style, being different from other Korean R&B vocals.
As mentioned at the beginning of the post, a day after the announcement a teaser of Jay B’s first single was revealed, which will be released this Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. KST. The single, called “Switch It Up” was produced by Jay B, Jay Park, and Cha Cha Malone. As if the surprises were not enough, the single is said to feature a special guest.
JAY B’s signing with H1GHR MUSIC concludes the way GOT7 members have settled with their respective record companies after leaving former agency JYP Entertainment last January: Yugyeom with AOMG, Jinyoung joined BH Entertainment, BamBam signed with Abyss Company, Mark Tuan now based in the United States with Creative Artists Agency, Youngjae with Sublime Artist Agency, and Jackson Wang’s label Team Wang signed a joint agreement with Sublime Artist Agency.