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Teen Top (Hangul: 틴탑) is a South Korean boy band that consists of six members: C.A.P, Chunji, L.Joe, Niel, Ricky and Changjo. The band debuted under TOP Media, founded by Andy Lee of Shinhwa, in 2010. They released their first single album Come into the World on July 9, 2010 and made their official debut the following day on MBC's Music Core. Their official fan club name is Angel, previously unofficially named Andromeda.

Career

Teen Top members Ricky and Niel were both child actors. Niel debuted through the musical Please, where he played the younger version of Joo Won's role. Ricky debuted in Seo Taiji's music video for "Human Dream" and later portrayed the young version of Song Seung-heon's character in Love Song. Four of Teen Top's Members such as Changjo, Niel, Cap, and L.Joe had an open Lotte World audition whereas the other members (Chunji and Ricky) had a closed audition. It took L.Joe two auditions before he could train unlike the other members.

2010: Debut

In July 2010, Teen Top made their debut with the title track, "Clap" (Korean: 박수), of their debut single album Come into the World, which was released on July 9. The music video for "Clap" features Lizzy from After School.

Teen Top officially debuted on July 10 at MBC's Music Core, followed by SBS's Inkigayo, receiving positive reviews for both performances. Based on their performances, netizens gave Teen Top the nickname "Knife Choreography".

2011: "Supa Luv" and Roman

On January 13, 2011, Teen Top made their first comeback on M! Countdown with their 2nd single "Supa Luv", which was produced by Shin Hyuk. The song, originally written and performed by Redd Stylez, was re-written and translated into Korean by Wheesung.

On March 2, Teen Top released a music video for a remix version of "Supa Luv" by A-rex, featuring scenes from the American film Beastly. The remix was then chosen for the movie's promotion throughout Asia.

The group made an appearance on the French news program Le Grand Journal, for which they received overwhelming critical acclaim by comparison to other acts that had appeared on the show. Their performance of "Supa Luv" was highly praised, with hosts commenting on the synchronized dancing and the pastel colored hair sported by each member. Notable acts that had made it onto the talk show as well include Eminem, Usher, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna.

On July 11, after celebrating Teen Top's first anniversary, their agency, TOP Media, announced on the group's official website, that a new mini album was set to be released on the July 26. In addition, further details regarding the band's comeback were revealed.

On July 21, TOP Media released the first teaser for Teen Top's comeback single "No More Perfume On You" (Korean: 향수 뿌리지마) through various video portals including YouTube and Daum. The following day, the second teaser was released exclusively on YouTube. Teen Top's mini-album Roman was released on July 26 as a digital download and on July 27 in stores.

2012: It's, aRtisT and Be Ma Girl

In January 2012, Teen Top released their second mini album It's. Brave Brothers produced, wrote, composed and mixed all of its six tracks. The album was due to be released at midnight of January 4/5, but by 8 pm on January 4, it had leaked to shareware sites, garnering over a thousand hits in ten minutes alone.

Teen Top revealed the music video for their comeback song "Crazy" (Korean: 미치겠어) on January 5, featuring 4Minute's Kwon Sohyun. The song was introduced on the Brazilian RedeTV! entertainment news program Leitura Dinâmica on January 10, which helped Teen Top gain more international interest. Also the song's music video was shown in the karaoke room that Joon-Hee (Hoya) of Infinite was singing in for his drama, Reply 1997.

On February 3, Teen Top won their very first award on KBS Music Bank since debuting with "Clap" on July 10, 2010. Moreover, they received the honor of performing the ending stage on MBC Music Core, followed by another win on SBS Inkigayo. At the average age of 17.3 years, the band was the youngest idol group to have won awards on the aforementioned music shows. On February 25, Teen Top once again received the honor of performing the ending stage on Music Core.

Teen Top celebrated the inauguration of their official fanclub ANGEL on May 28.

aRtisT, Teen Top's third EP, was released on May 30 as a digital download, followed by the release of the music video for its title track "To You". Physical albums were released on June 4, 2012. With this album, the group gained much attention, topping major music charts.

On June 19, the band began their Teen Top Zepp Tour 2012 through Japan with stops in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.

Ahead of Teen Top's official summer comeback, two music video teasers were released on the group's official YouTube channel on July 28 and 31. On August 3, the music video for "Be Ma Girl" (Korean: 나랑 사귈래?) was released, followed by Teen Top's comeback performance on MBC's Music Core a day later.

2013: European Tour, No. 1, and Teen Top Class

In February 2013, Teen Top held their first European tour, "TEEN TOP SHOW! Live tour in Europe 2013", making stops in Germany, England, France and Spain. The tour was successful and set a new decibel record for their concert in Paris, France.

On February 8, TOP Media announced that Teen Top will be releasing their first studio album titled, No. 1, on February 25 with a track from the album, I wanna love (사랑하고 싶어), pre-releasing on the 15th. The first the Music Video teaser for I wanna love was released on the 12th. Both the track and Music Video for "I wanna love (사랑하고 싶어) were released on the 15th. The Music Video featured streets and sceneries of Hong Kong. They released their full album digitally and physically on the 25th along with their full Music Video for "긴 생머리 그녀 (Miss Right)" later on the same day.

On August 25, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Teen Top Class with 장난아냐 (No Joke) as the lead single. The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which lead them to release another repackaged album titled Teen Top Class Addition on October 24 with 못났다 (Lovefool) as the lead single.

Members

Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
C.A.P Bang Min-soo 방민수 (1992-11-04) November 4, 1992 (age 21)
ChunJi 천지 Lee Chan-hee 이찬희 (1993-10-05) October 5, 1993 (age 20)
L.Joe 엘조 Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 (1993-11-23) November 23, 1993 (age 20)
Niel 니엘 Ahn Daniel 안다니엘 (1994-08-16) August 16, 1994 (age 19)
Ricky 리키 Yoo Chang-hyun 유창현 (1995-02-27) February 27, 1995 (age 19)
ChangJo 창조 Choi Jong-hyun 최종현 (1995-11-16) November 16, 1995 (age 18)

Discography

Music videos

Year Song Album
2010 "박수" (Clap) Come into the World
"박수" (Clap) [Dance Version]
2011 "Supa Luv" Transform
"Supa Luv" [Dance Version]
"Supa Luv (A-Rex Remix)" Supa Luv A-Rex Remix
"Angel" Transform
"향수 뿌리지마" (No More Perfume on You) Roman
"향수 뿌리지마" (No More Perfume on You) [Dance Version]
2012 "미치겠어" (Crazy) It's
"미치겠어" (Crazy) [Dance Version]
"미치겠어" (Crazy) [Remix Special]
"To You" aRtisT
"To You" [Dance Version]
"나랑 사귈래?" (Be ma Girl) Summer Special '나랑 사귈래'? (Be ma Girl)
"나랑 사귈래?" (Be ma Girl) [Performance Version]
"나랑 사귈래?" (Be ma Girl) [Hand Heart Version]
2013 "사랑하고 싶어" (I Wanna Love) No.1
"긴 생머리 그녀" (Miss Right)
"긴 생머리 그녀" (Miss Right) [Dance Version]
"긴 생머리 그녀" (Miss Right) [Locker Room One Take Version]
"길을 걷다가…" (Walk By…)
"장난아야" (No Joke/Rocking) Teen Top Class
"장난아야" (No Joke/Rocking) [Dance Version]
"데이트" (Date)
"못났다 (Lovefool) Real Self M/V"

못났다 (Lovefool) M/V

Teen Top Class Addition

Filmography

Reality show

Year Title Hangul Episodes Network Participating Members
2010 Mnet Scandal Mnet C.A.P & L.Joe
Making the Artist, Season 1 All
Road to Japan All
2011 Making the Artist, Season 2 GOM TV All
2012 Secret Island 시크릿 아일랜드 Mnet All
Teen Top Rising 100% 틴탑의 뜬다 백퍼 All 10, Jun. 16 - Aug. 18 SBS MTV All (with labelmate 100%)
Teen Top & 100% Rising Brothers 틴탑&백퍼센트의 떴다 브라더스 All 12, Oct. 26 - Jan. 11, 2013 MBC Music All (with labelmate 100%)

Variety shows

  • 18 and 25 February 2012: "Weekly Idol" on MBC Every 1 - guests for episodes 31 and 32.
  • 27 June 2012: "Weekly Idol" on MBC Every 1 - guests for episode 49.
  • 17 April 2013: "Weekly Idol" on MBC Every 1 - guests with Speed (South Korean band) for episode 91.
  • 17 June 2013: Beatles Code 2 (Chunji) on M.net - guest appearance with Shinhwa, Seo Min-woo (100%) and Hyoeun (Stellar).
  • 2 October 2013: "Weekly Idol" on MBC Every 1 - guests for episode 115.

Bibliography

  • 2012: Teen Top - Behind Photo Book Vol.1 - Start Now!
  • 2013: Teen Top - Holiday in Hawaii Photo Book

Tours

Year Concert Date Venue
2013 TEEN TOP SHOW!
Live tour in Europe 2013
February 2 Munich, Germany
Backstage Werk
February 3 Dortmund, Germany
Freizeitzentrum West (FZW)
February 8 London, England
The Forum
February 9 Paris, France
Le Trianon
February 10 Barcelona, Spain
Sala Apolo
Teen Top No. 1 Asia Tour May 11 Seoul, South Korea
HwaJeong Stadium, Korea University
May 18 Kobe, Japan
Kobe International House
May 21 Tokyo, Japan
International Forum Hall A
May 22
2014 TEEN TOP 2014 World Tour - HIGH KICK February 22 Seoul, South Korea
Olympic Hall
February 23
February 5 Nagoya, Japan
February 8 Yokohama, Japan
February 9
February 13 Osaka, Japan
February 18 Fukuoka, Japan
March 23 New York, United States
Best Buy Theater
March 25 Los Angeles, United States
L.A. Live
March 28 San Jose, United States
San Jose Civic Auditorium
March 30 Toronto, Canada
The Guvernment
April 10 Moscow, Russia
Izvestiya Hall
April 12 Budapest, Hungary
Petőfi Csarnok
April 13 Paris, France
Le Bataclan
June ?? Hong Kong
June 15 Taipei, Taiwan
June ?? Shanghai, China
July ?? South America

Awards

Year Award Category Result Ref
2010 So-Loved Awards (European K-Pop Awards) Best Newcomer Male Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best New Male Artist Nominated
2011 So-Loved Awards (European K-Pop Awards) Best Choreography ("Supa Luv") Won
18th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Rookie of the Year Won
20th Seoul Music Awards Popularity Award Nominated
2012 Melon Music Awards Bonsang Nominated
21st Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Nominated
Soompi Gayo Awards Top Male Group (Silver) Won
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards Single Album of the Year Won
MSN Southeast Asia Award Nominated
22nd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Group Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 23rd Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated

Music programs

These are a collection of Teen Top's wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, Music Bank on KBS, and Show Champion on MBC.

Music Bank

Year Date Song
2012 February 3 "Crazy"
2013 September 6 "Rocking (No Joke)"

Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2012 February 5 "Crazy"
2013 September 8 "Rocking (No Joke)"

Show Champion

Year Date Song
2013 September 11 "Rocking (No Joke)"

References

External links

  • (Korean)
  • (Japanese)
  • on YouTube
  • (Korean)