Teen Top

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Not to be confused with Top Teen.
Teen Top
130831 TeenTop Music Core Fanmeeting.jpg
Fan-taken photo from Teen Top's Music Core fanmeeting on August 31st 2013.
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance, R&B
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels TOP Media
Universal D (Japan)
Associated acts Shinhwa, 100%

official website

official Japanese website
Members C.A.P

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.


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.[1]

2010: Debut[edit]

In July 2010, Teen Top made their debut with the title track, "Clap" (Korean: 박수), off 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.[2] Based on their performances, netizens gave Teen Top the nickname "Knife Choreography".

2011: "Supa Luv" and Roman[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Teen Top's mini-album Roman, along with its title track "No More Perfume On You" (Korean: 향수 뿌리지마) was digitally released on July 26 and physically on July 27.[5][6]

2012: It's, aRtisT and Be Ma Girl[edit]

Teen Top during an open-air Inkigayo performance in 2012

In January 2012, Teen Top released their second mini album It's. Brave Brothers produced, wrote, composed and mixed all of its six tracks.[7] 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.[8]

Teen Top revealed the music video for their comeback song "Crazy" (Korean: 미치겠어) on January 5, featuring 4Minute's Kwon Sohyun.[9] 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.[10] Moreover, they received the honor of performing the ending stage on MBC Music Core, followed by another win on SBS Inkigayo.[11] 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.

On August 3, the music video for the single "Be Ma Girl" (Korean: 나랑 사귈래?) was released, followed by Teen Top's comeback performance on MBC's Music Core a day later.[12]

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

Teen Top in Petőfi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary in April 2014

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.[13][14]

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 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.[15][16][17][18] 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.[19]

On August 25, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Teen Top Class with 장난아냐 (Roking/No Joke) as the lead single.Teen Top won three music show trophies for "Rocking". The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which led them to release another repackaged album titled Teen Top Class Addition on October 24 with 못났다 (Lovefool) as the lead single.[20]

2014: High Kick world tour, Éxito , and Snow Kiss[edit]

On 22 and 23 February, Teen Top held their 'TEEN TOP 2014 World Tour HIGH KICK in SEOUL' concert in Seoul's Olympic Hall. They then proceeded with their "HIGH KICK" World Tour in various countries such as Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Taiwan and South American countries like Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

On September 15, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Exito with 쉽지않아 (Missing) as the lead single.Teen Top first performed "Missing" live at M Countdown on September 11 , prior to the album's release.[21] The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which led them to release another repackaged album titled "20's LOVE TWO ÉXITO" on November 10 with 우린 문제없어 (I'm Sorry) as the lead single, which will not be promoted on music shows.[22]

On November 23, Teen Top held their first concert and fanmeet in Thailand titled 'LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels in Bangkok' and in December "LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels" held in four cities in Japan.

On December 10, Teen Top released first seasonal single album Snow Kiss with as the lead single 눈사탕 (Snow Kiss).[23]

2015: LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels[edit]

Teen Top will hold their exclusive overseas solo concert "My Dear Angels" in Los Angeles at the ORPHEUM TEATER on April 11.[24]


  • C.A.P (Bang Min-soo 방민수) was born on November 4, 1992.
  • Chunji (Lee Chan-hee 이찬희) was born on October 5, 1993.
  • L.Joe (Lee Byung-hun 이병헌) was born on November 23, 1993.
  • Niel (Ahn Daniel 안다니엘) was born on August 16, 1994.
  • Ricky (Yoo Chang-hyun 유창현) was born on February 27, 1995.
  • Changjo (Choi Jong-hyun 최종현) was born on November 16, 1995.


Main article: Teen Top discography


Reality show[edit]

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%[25] 틴탑의 뜬다 백퍼 All 10, Jun. 16 - Aug. 18 SBS MTV All (with labelmate 100%)
Teen Top & 100% Rising Brothers[26][27] 틴탑&백퍼센트의 떴다 브라더스 All 12, Oct. 26 - Jan. 11, 2013 MBC Music All (with labelmate 100%)[28][29]
2014 Teen Top Never Stop in Guam 틴탑의 네버스탑 인 괌 All 6, April 5 - May 17 Y Star All
2015 Define True Colors 정의본색 1-4 (cast member) MBC Every1 Niel

Variety shows[edit]


Year Title Member Role Notes
2004 Children's Chorus Niel unknown
2005 641 Families Niel unknown
2010 I Am Legend All cameo as idol group TEENTOP
2012 Do You Know Taekwondo? Niel Myung Sung
2013 Two Weeks Niel cameo
2014 Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit L.Joe Uhm Si Woo cameo ep 7
Entertain US All Idol group TEENTOP Reality Drama
Sweden Laundry Changjo Yong Soo-chul Lead Role
Niel Kim Min-ho Cameo ep 5


Year Title Member Role Notes
2007 My 11th Mother Niel Ban-Jang
2014 Mak Girls Changjo Kangho Filming Start at November 2014

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist Member
"Giddy up" 2015 Vasco feat Cjamm C.A.P
"Night and Day" 2014 Wheesung C.A.P
Love Song 2008 Various Artist " hit songs from 2004-2008 " Ricky


Year Concert Date Venue
Live tour in Europe 2013
February 2 Munich, Germany
Backstage Werk[33]
February 3 Dortmund, Germany
Freizeitzentrum West (FZW)[34]
February 8 London, England
The Forum[35]
February 9 Paris, France
Le Trianon[36]
February 10 Barcelona, Spain
Sala Apolo
Teen Top No. 1 Asia Tour[37] May 11 Seoul, South Korea
HwaJeong Stadium, Korea University[38][39]
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 15 Taipei, Taiwan
Nangang 101
June 28 Hong Kong
AsiaWorld–Expo (Hall 8 & 10)
June ?? Shanghai, China
August 11 Santiago de Chile, Chile
Teatro Caupolican
August 14 Mexico City, Mexico
Jose Cuervo Salon
August 16 Panama City, Panama
Arena Roberto Duran
August 17 Bogotá, Colombia
August 20 Lima, Peru
Estadio Nacional
Teen Top LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels November 23 Bangkok, Thailand
Pak halls Central[40]
December 2 Japan, Sapporo
Zepp Sapporo[41]
December 3 Japan, Nagoya
Zepp Nagoya
December 4 Japan, Fukuoka
Zepp Fukuoka
December 8 Japan, Tokyo
Zepp DiverCity Tokyo
December 9 Japan, Tokyo
Zepp DiverCity Tokyo
2015 April 11 Los Angeles, United States

Awards and nominations[edit]

Teen Top have been recipients of 22 awards from South Korea and International events.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.


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