Tony An

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Tony An
Birth name An Seung-ho
Also known as Tony
Born (1978-06-07) June 7, 1978 (age 36)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance
Occupations Singer
Years active 1996–present
Labels TN Entertainment
Associated acts SMTown, H.O.T., jtL, SMASH
Website Official Site
Stage name
Hangul 토니안
Revised Romanization Toni An
McCune–Reischauer Toni An
Birth name
Hangul 안승호
Hanja 安勝浩
Revised Romanization An Seung-ho
McCune–Reischauer An Sŭng-ho

Tony An (토니안) (born June 7, 1978) is a South Korean singer best known for being part of the popular K-pop boy band H.O.T.. After H.O.T. disbanded in 2001, its ex-members Tony An, Jang Woo-hyuk and Lee Jae-won formed the dance music trio jtL. Eventually, jtL unofficially disbanded as each member, including Tony, released their solo material. He is also the CEO of TN Entertainment, a music entertainment company; Skoolooks, a school uniform company; and Shinenihs, an undergarment company. Popular comedians Jeong Hyeong-don and Jo Hye-ryun were both part of TN Entertainment. He studied stage performance at the graduate level at Dongguk University.[1]

Solo career[edit]

Recently, Tony made his hair shorter like in his late H.O.T - JTL days and changed his genre to fast paced soft rock songs and gave a speech, telling about his views on his former H.O.T. members, and how he tried to contact them. He also released a music video title "Melody" featuring SAT from his special album, "Untold Story".

On April 28, 2008 Tony came back with a new special album entitled "Look Blank", with its principle song "Wallet". In September 2010, Tony completed his 2-year army duty and released a new song, "Going To Meet You Now". He released an EP titled 'Top Star' in February 2011 and after leaving as MC for the popular #1 Kpop chart show Mcountdown! in 2012 he released a single called "Beautiful girl" which also features Hyun Jun of SMASH.

Tn Entertainment[edit]

After Tony wanted to pursue a solo career during his jtL days, he created his own label, Tn Entertainment. Artists under this label are Tony and former Click-B member Yoo Ho-suk, going under the name "Evan", along with Jung Ju-ri, Shin Bong-sun and others. South Korean comedian and entertainer Jeong Hyeong-don was the member of this company. TN Entertainment also debuted a boyband named SMASH, who released a PV for their debut song "비상[Emergency]" on August 14, 2008. Tony collaborated with SMASH in February 2012 with 'Get Your Swag On'. They promoted the song together on various live music shows.

jtL[edit]

Main article: jtL

When JTL was created, Tony was the lead vocal for the group and not just a back-up vocal and English rapper. H.O.T. fans had mixed feelings for jtL. Many of jtL's music videos were boycotted. However, things changed around when jtL held a 'Guerilla Concert' in front of 12,133 fans.[2]

Personal life[edit]

It was announced in April 2013 that Tony was in a relationship with Girl's Day Hyeri. The couple has a sixteen year age gap. Both agencies have confirmed the dating of the two idols. The agencies of both are aware of the two’s meetings, according to Sports Seoul, who says that the agencies have said, “It’s true that they’re meeting with fond feelings… They’re still at a stage where they’re getting to know each other. Please look over them fondly.”Tony’s agency, TN Entertainment, confirmed over the phone, Tony and Hyeri were in a relationship. After dating for 8 months it was announced in November 2013 that the couple broke up due to busy schedules.

In November 2013, Tony was investigated for illegal sports gambling along side Lee Soo Geun and Tak Jae Hoon. He had his first hearing about the case on December 6. On December 27, he had received a suspended six month prison sentence for illegal gambling. The total amount he gambled was 400,000,000 KRW (approximately $376,000 USD).

Discography[edit]

H.O.T.[edit]

Main article: H.O.T. § Discography

jtL[edit]

Main article: jtL § Discography

Digital singles[edit]

  • October 4, 2004 (Nega Network)
    • 부탁해..
    • Blue Sky
  • October 12, 2004 (Nega Network)
    • 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다

Singles[edit]

  • "Behind The Clouds" (2005)
  • "Untold Story" (2007)
  • "Look Blank" (2008)
  • "Beautiful Girl [Feat. Hyun Jun of Smash]" (2012)

Extended Plays[edit]

Top star

  • Released: April 4, 2011
  • Tracks:
  1. Top Star
  2. Thank U (Feat. Simon.D)
  3. Trouble Maker
  4. 변해 (Change)
  5. 지금 만나러 갑니다 (I'm Going To Meet You Now) (Junjaman Bottoms Up Remix)
  6. Top Star (Inst.)

Albums[edit]

Volume 1 - Believe

  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Label: Yejeon Media
  • Tracks:
  1. Intro
  2. 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다 (Love Is More Beautiful When You Can't Have It)
  3. Caught My Eye
  4. 부탁해... (I Request)
  5. 혼자 남겨지는건... (Being Left Alone)
  6. Round And Round
  7. Blue Sky
  8. Somewhere Someone
  9. TKO Skit
  10. She Is The One (ft. Seven(Da Crew), Hyunmoo(Trespass) & TKO)
  11. 어떻게 내가 (How Can I) (feat. Kim Jo Han)
  12. Up Front
  13. 사랑은 가질 수 없을 때 더 아름답다 (Love Is More Beautiful When You Can't Have It) (Instrumental)

Volume 2 - Yutzpracachia's Love

  • Released: April 14, 2006
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. 유추프라카치아 (Yutzpracachia's Love)
  2. Yutzpracachia
  3. Aisha
  4. 기억해... 사랑해... (I Remember You... I Love You...)
  5. I Am Sad (Matsunaga Mastering Version)
  6. Lady, Enough To cry
  7. Player
  8. 함께 있어 좋은 사람 (Someone I Like Because We're Together) (ft. May)
  9. 어디선가 나의 노랠 듣고 있을 (To You, Who's Probably Somewhere Listening to My Song)
  10. Automatic
  11. 그녀 내게 걸어오네 (She's Walking to Me)
  12. 내 안에 그녈 기다리며 (Waiting For Her In Me)
  13. 촌스럽게 (Matsunaga Mastering Version)
  14. I Am Sad (Instrumental Version)

Fan club[edit]

  • 2004~ : From Tony (TN Entertainment)

References[edit]

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