Hotshot (band)

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Hotshot in November 2018
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2014 (2014)–present
LabelsStar Crew

Hotshot (Hangul: 핫샷; stylized as HOTSHOT), is a South Korean boy band formed by Star Crew Entertainment (formerly K.O Sound and Ardor & Able). They debuted on October 29, 2014, with their digital single "Take a Shot".[1] The group consists of six-members: Choi Jun-hyuk, Kim Timoteo, Roh Tae-hyun, Ha Sung-woon, Yoonsan and Ko Ho-jung.



Timoteo was formerly an SM Entertainment trainee and was supposed to be the member of Exo.[2] Taehyun was exposed to the krump dancing style as Kid Monster, active as a member of a dance group named Monster Woo Fam from 2007–2008.[citation needed] Yoonsan had been living in France for eight years, and was scouted while drinking coffee during his vacation in South Korea.[3]

2014–2016: Debut[edit]

Hotshot released their debut single, "Take a Shot", on October 29, 2014.[1]

On December 6, it was reported that Hotshot were involved in a light car accident after MBC's Show! Music Core, resulting in with minor injuries.[4]

Hotshot released their second digital single, "Midnight Sun" on March 25, 2015, followed by their first extended play, Am I Hotshot?, released on April 24, 2015. The EP consisted of five tracks with "Watch Out", as well as their previous single "Take a Shot" and "Midnight Sun".[citation needed]

On July 2, a repackaged edition of Am I Hotshot?, titled I'm A Hotshot, was released containing the original tracks from Am I Hotshot? along with two new songs, including the single "I'm A Hotshot".[citation needed]

On June 8, 2016, Hotshot released their debut Japanese single "Step by Step", with the lead song of the same name, "One More Try" and the instrumental version of "Step by Step".[5]

2017–2018: Project group and Early Flowering[edit]

Taehyun and Sungwoon participated in the survival television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017. The series concluded with one of the two competing members, Sungwoon, ranking 11th and becoming a member of the temporary boy group Wanna One. Taehyun was eliminated, ranking 25th overall. Due to the nature of the contract between Wanna One members and CJ E&M, Sungwoon would promote as a member of Wanna One until December 2018, after which he will return to promote as a regular member of Hotshot again.[6][7]

The remaining five members released a digital single titled "Jelly" on July 15, 2017.[8][9] Star Crew Entertainment confirmed that Taehyun would be joining the Produce 101 Season 2 fan-created group JBJ[10] and would promote for seven months under Fave Entertainment.[11] JBJ debuted on October 18, 2017[12] and disbanded on April 30, 2018.[13]

From October 2017 to February 2018, Timoteo and Hojung participated in the reality television series The Unit.[14] When the show ended, Hojung ranked 3rd, putting him in the top nine and the line-up of project boy group UNB. Timoteo finished 10th.[15][16]Hojung would promote as a member of UNB for seven months and will be extended up to twenty-five months if the group gained successful,[17][18]also allowed the project group members to do activities under their respective companies while UNB was on break.

On November 15, Hotshot released their second EP Early Flowering with the lead single "I Hate You".[19]



Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Am I Hotshot?
Track listing
  1. Midnight Sun
  2. Watch Out
  3. Rain On Me
  4. Take a Shot
  5. Watch Out inst.
  • Re-released: July 2, 2015 (I'm a Hotshot)
  • Label: K.O Sound, CJ E&M
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Midnight Sun
  2. I'm a Hotshot
  3. Watch Out
  4. Rain On Me
  5. Take a Shot
  6. Watch Out inst.
  7. I'm a Hotshot inst.
Early Flowering
  • Released: November 15, 2018
  • Label: Star Crew
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Print
  2. 니가 미워 (I Hate You)
  3. Paradise
  4. Better
  5. Body Talk
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album
"Take a Shot" 2014 N/A Am I Hotshot?
"Midnight Sun" 2015
"Watch Out"
"I'm a Hotshot" I'm a Hotshot
"Jelly" 2017 Non-album single
"I Hate You" (니가 미워) 2018 Early Flowering
"Step by Step" 2016 35 N/A Step by Step
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


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  2. ^
  3. ^ 鄺鈺瑩 (14 January 2016). "6子意見磨合到退休 韓團HOTSHOT不和之謎?".
  4. ^ "Rookie Boy Group HOTSHOT Reported to Have Been Involved in Car Accident - Soompi".
  5. ^ "HOTSHOT ホットショット JAPAN OFFICIAL SITE". Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  6. ^ "YMC '프듀101' 시즌2 멤버들 계약 확정.."시즌1과 비슷"(공식)" (in Korean). Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ "[SS이슈]'프로듀스 101' 아이돌 시장 지각변동 이끌까" (in Korean). Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  8. ^ "핫샷 측 "노태현 포함 15일 컴백 확정, 방송 활동 예정"(공식)".
  9. ^ "[단독]'프듀2' 노태현 재합류 '핫샷', 5인조 15일 컴백..하성운 응원".
  10. ^ "핫샷 측 "무리한 컴백 NO…노태현, JBJ 활동 병행할 것"(공식입장 전문)".
  11. ^ "JBJ 도장 꾹, 7개월 프로젝트 활동 시작".
  12. ^ "JBJ 도장 꾹, 7개월 프로젝트 활동 시작".
  13. ^ "JBJ confirm disbandment with no contract extension". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  14. ^ "[공식입장] 핫샷 측 "티모테오·호정, '더유닛' 출연"".
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  16. ^ ""The Unit" Reveals Final 9 Members For Unit G (Girls) And Unit B (Boys) - Soompi".
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  20. ^ "핫샷 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  21. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-08-27.
  22. ^ Cumulative Sales of Am I Hotshot?:
  23. ^ "2015년 07월 (July 2015) Album Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  24. ^ "2018년 12월 Album Chart (See #34)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.
  25. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2017-03-09.
  26. ^ "Oricon Chart" (in Japanese).