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OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2001–2003
LabelsYejeon Media
Associated acts
Past membersJang Woo Hyuk
Tony An
Lee Jae Won

JTL (제이티엘) were a South Korean dance music group, consisting of the former H.O.T. members who did not stay with SM Entertainment- Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An and Lee Jae Won. The group was named after the initials of the members' stage name. After the release of their second album Run Away, the group have dissolved and the band members started pursuing solo careers.

When the group debuted in 2001 with single "A Better Day", which covered a 2001 song "A Better Day" by Norwegian band Multicyde, again based on the 1977 Norwegian song "Vårsøg", member Tony An claimed that promoting their song has had been difficult due to strained relationship with Lee Soo Man, the producer of SM Entertainment. Lee blocked the music video from various Korean entertainment broadcasts which drew angry reactions from the group's fans, some of whom egged the company's main building in Seoul.[1] The members of the group also had strained relationships between Kangta and Moon Hee Jun after the two chose to stay with SM Entertainment as solo artists.[2] However, after appearances on 'X-Man', it appears that Tony and Kangta are on good terms the same goes for Moon Hee Jun and Jang Woo Hyuk who both appeared on variety show Heroine.

In 2003 the group won the "favorite artist of Korea" award at the MTV Asia Awards.



  • 1 - Enter the Dragon (2001)
  • 1.5 - Love Story (2002)
  • 2 - Run Away (2003)


  • During a variety show during H.O.T.'s 5th album era, Jang Woo Hyuk stated that he would want to work with Tony An, but also added he decided to work with Lee Jae Won. After H.O.T.'s fall, he would work with both of them in jtL.
  • The song "One Night Lover" uses the rhythm and melody of the Stevie Wonder song Part Time Lover
  • The band's song "A Better Day" is based on the Norwegian band Multicyde's song with the same title. That song traces back to an old Norwegian song by Henning Sommero, which is based on an old Norwegian poem, "Vårsøg" by Hans Hyldbakk in, written in 1945.


Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2002 Best Male Group "A Better Day"[3] Nominated
2003 "Without Your Love"[4] Nominated
Best Dance Performance Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Flying Too High?". Time. Archived from the original on 2002-12-17. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  2. ^ 문희준-HOT 재결합?[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "2002 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  4. ^ "2003 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-20.