T.O.P (entertainer)

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Not to be confused with Tower of Power.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
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Background information
Birth name Choi Seung-hyun (최승현)
Also known as T.O.P, Tempo, Tabi, Bingu TOP
Born (1987-11-04) November 4, 1987 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin Jamsil-dong, South Korea
Genres Hip hop, K-pop, rap
Occupations Rapper, singer, composer, lyricist, beatboxer, actor, record producer, model
Years active 2006–present
Labels YG Entertainment[1]
Associated acts Big Bang, GD & TOP
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T.O.P's signature
Korean name
Hangul 최승현
Hanja 崔勝賢
Revised Romanization Choe Seung-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Sŭnghyŏn

Choi Seung-hyun (Korean: 최승현; born November 4, 1987), better known by his stage name T.O.P (Korean: 탑 - "tap"), is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actor, best known as a lead rapper of the hip hop Korean boy band Big Bang. He has branched out to act in various dramas and films, including I Am Sam, Iris, Nineteen,71: Into the Fire, Commitment and Tazza: The Hidden Card.

In 2010, T.O.P and bandmate, G-Dragon collaborated to record and release the album GD & TOP (2010). The album saw the release of three singles: "High High," "Oh Yeah", and "Knock Out", all of which have charted within the top three positions of the Gaon chart, with "High High" becoming a chart-topper. Jeff Benjamin Billboard K-Town columnist noted that T.O.P is well known for his low-bass timbre rapping.[2]



Following the release of the band's albums and singles, T.O.P. began working on his solo career. In April 2007, he was featured with fellow Big Bang members Taeyang and G-Dragon on singer Lexy's single "Super Fly" for her album Rush. Later that summer, he appeared as an actor in Red Roc’s "Hello" music video.[3] He later became the first member of Big Bang to venture into acting, starring in the KBS2 drama, I Am Sam,.[1] portraying the school's top fighter, Chae Musin. He also took the role of MC of MBC's Music Core on November 10, 2007, only to resign in April of the following year. In 2008, he collaborated with R&B artist Gummy on the song "I'm Sorry" for her album Comfort, veteran singer Uhm Jung Hwa for her single "D.I.S.C.O." and ZiA for her single "I Only See You". That same year, he was also admitted to Dankook University, to the theater department.[4]

T.O.P later put his solo career on hold while he joined his group BIG BANG for their promotional activities. After more than a year of promoting Big Bang's materials, he returned to acting, playing the assassin Vick in the critically acclaimed[5] Korean television drama Iris.[6] T.O.P. also recorded the song "Hallelujah" for the drama's soundtrack with Taeyang and G-Dragon. Following Iris, T.O.P. and his fellow Bigbang member Seungri appeared in the teenage suspense drama, My 19.[7]


T.O.P performing with G-Dragon in 2011
T.O.P performing in Alive World Tour on September 2012

T.O.P appeared in the movie, 71: Into the Fire, released on June 2010. He received many good reviews and praises for his acting; and eventually won many actor awards at the end of the year. The movie hit 1 million views in a week, making it the first movie of 2010 to reach that number of views in South Korea.[8] He is also in preparation for his solo debut.[9] During Big Bang's Big Show concert in January 2010, T.O.P. performed his new single "Turn It Up." YG Entertainment released a music video teaser for "Turn It Up" on June 14, 2010 which revealed the release date for the full music video to be June 21, 2010. The teaser itself received over 200,000 views within 48 hours of its original posting on YouTube. The official music video was released at noon in South Korea, with over 1,000,000 views and thousands of comments in just a few minutes.[10] He is also the first Korean artist to have his song release worldwide on iTunes. On 29 October 2010, he won the Hallyu Popularity Award in the 47th Grand Bell Film Awards.[11]

In November 2010, YG Entertainment announced T.O.P and bandmate G-Dragon would release a collaboration album under the name "GD and T.O.P".[12] Preceding the release of the album, the duo held a world-wide premiere showcase for their album at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea,[13] which was also broadcast live on YouTube.[14] To promote their album, the duo released three singles: "High High," "Oh Yeah," and "Knock out."[15] All three singles preceded the release of the album. The singles attained commercial successes: "Knockout" was a chart topper[16] while "Oh Yeah" and "HighHigh" both peaked at #2 and #3 respectively.[17][18] The album was released on Christmas Eve, and debuted at number one[19] with pre-orders of 200,000 copies.[20]

In October 2011, it was announced that T.O.P. had been tapped as the male lead to star opposite Kim Ha Neul in Absolutely Him, the South Korean remake of Absolute Boyfriend, a Japanese manga about a perfect robot boyfriend that has already been adapted into both a Japanese and Taiwanese live action drama. However, there is no confirmation from both actors' agencies yet.[21] T.O.P featured in English artist Pixie Lott's Japanese album along with fellow member G-Dragon. The song is titled "Dancing On My Own".[22]

T.O.P won the cover of 1st Look Magazine in 2011.[23] The photoshoot took place in Brooklyn, New York and was shot by renowned photographer Hong Jang-hyun. He modeled Calvin Klein's winter military jacket and black jeans. He had also filmed a video for the brand at that time.

In June 2012, T.O.P was cast in the action film, Commitment (also known as Alumni), playing the son of a North Korean spy who is falsely accused.[24][25]


The filming of the movie Commitment took over more than a year to finish filming due to a change of the director and scheduling conflicts with Big Bang. During filming of the movie T.O.P suffered an injury on the back of his hand. On September 21, T.O.P was filming a combat scene that took place near a piece of glass. He unfortunately hurt his hand on a glass fragment and is reported to have been admitted to the hospital for surgery on the same day. Filming of the movie had to be stopped for a few weeks, but despite his injury he continued to appear with Big Bang throughout their world tour.[26]

The movie finished filming on January 21, 2013 in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The last scene shot was the film's climax in which T.O.P tried to protect his little sister and his friend. He had to show his wide range of acting abilities as he had to take care of both the action and emotions in the scene. At the end of the filming, the cast members blew out candles on a cake to celebrate the end of the filming. T.O.P said, “Everyone worked hard for a long time. I’m happy it ended well. I was happy while I was a part of this Commitment project“. Han Ye-ri commented, “All the actors and staff worked so hard“. Yoon Je-moon commented, “I had fun filming with young actors, the young staff in a fun and youthful environment“. Jo Sung-ha added, “I had fun filming with the hoobae actors. I hope the audience has fun watching the movie.” Kim Yoo-jung (who played T.O.P's little sister) expressed her disappointment that the filming was over, and said, “I wish can act with these people again.” Commitment was released in the fall of 2013.

On October 5, 2013 he won the Rookie Award at the Asia Star Awards, held during the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) for his character in Commitment. He was the only Korean actor that won an award in the ceremony, which gave away awards in four categories.


Main article: Big Bang discography
Collaboration albums


GD & TOP promotional photo shoot
Year Single Peak position Album
2006 "Big Boy" (T.O.P solo) Since 2007
2007 "Friend" (Feat. Taeyang) MBC TV Drama [Friend, Our Legend] OST
"Act Like Nothing's Wrong" (Feat. Kim Jieun) Always
2009 "Hallelujah" (Feat. G-Dragon & Taeyang) 18 Iris OST
2010 "Turn it Up" 11 Digital Single
"Because" 19 OST
2011 "Of All Days" 89 GD & TOP
"Oh Mom" 27
2013 "Doom Dada" 4 Digital Single

Featured and collaboration singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
2006 "Forever with You" (with G-Dragon Ft. Park Bom) Bigbang Vol.1
"We Belong Together" (with G-Dragon & Vxp Ft. Park Bom)
2007 "Buckwild" (NBK Gray Ft. T.O.P)
2008 "I'm Sorry" (Gummy Ft. T.O.P) Comfort
"D.I.S.C.O" (Uhm Jung Hwa Ft. T.O.P) D.I.S.C.O
"All I See is You" (ZiA Ft. T.O.P) Road Movie
"Forever with You" English version (with G-Dragon Ft. Park Bom) With U
2010 "Digital Bounce" (Se7en Ft. T.O.P) Digital Bounce
2011 "High High" (with G-Dragon) 1 GD & TOP
"Oh Yeah" (with G-Dragon Ft. Park Bom) 2
"Knock Out" (with G-Dragon) 3
"Intro" (with G-Dragon)
"Baby Goodnight" (with G-Dragon) 13
"Don't Go Home" (with G-Dragon) 22
2012 "Dancing On My Own" (Pixie Lott Ft. T.O.P & G-Dragon) Young Foolish Happy (Deluxe Edition)
2013 "Bubble Butt" (Major Lazer Ft. Bruno Mars, G-Dragon, T.O.P, Tyga and Mystic) 78 Free the Universe (Asian Edition)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Story of Men Himself Cameo appearance
2009 Nineteen Seo Jeong-hun
2010 71: Into the Fire Oh Jang-beom
2011 Iris the Movie Vick Film adaption of Iris for Japan
2013 Commitment Lee Myeong-hoon / Kang Dae-ho
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card Ham Dae-gil Sequel of Tazza: The High Rollers

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2007 I Am Sam Chae Mu-sin KBS2
2009 Iris Vick KBS2

Music video appearance[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Hello" Red Roc
2008 "I'm Sorry" Gummy
"D.I.S.C.O" Uhm Jung-hwa
2011 "I'm Sorry" (Japanese version) Gummy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 47th Grand Bell Awards Hallyu Popularity[27] 71: Into the Fire Won
Best New Actor[28] Nominated
8th Korean Film Awards Best New Actor[29] Nominated
Style Icon Awards New Icon (Movie) [30] Won
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor[31] Won
Popularity Award[31] Won
Max Movie Award Best New Actor [32] Won
5th Asian Film Awards Best New Actor[33] Nominated
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor [34] Won
Popularity Award[34] Won
2013 Soompi Awards Best Music Video Doom Dada Nominated
allkpop Awards Best Idol Turned Actor T.O.P Nominated
17th BIFF Asia Star Awards Rookie Awards[35] Commitment Won
2014 50th Paeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award Nominated
Singapore Entertainment Awards Most Popular K-pop Music Video Doom Dada Nominated

Music programs[edit]

SBS's Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2011 January 9 "High High (Feat G-Dragon)"

Mnet's M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 December 30 "Oh Yeah (Feat G-Dragon)"
2011 January 6 "High High (Feat G-Dragon)"

TV commercials / advertisements[edit]

  • North Face [36]
  • Endoser Reebok
  • Endoser Millet
  • Sunny Ten Sparkling Ade [37]
  • G-market[38]
  • NII[39]
  • Baskin Robbins 31[40]
  • French Cafe
  • LG
  • Calvin Klein Jeans


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