Bigbang concert 0.To.10 - August 20, 2016
November 4, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||2006 – hiatus (military service)|
|Revised Romanization||Choe Seung-hyeon|
Choi Seung-hyun (Hangul: 최승현; born November 4, 1987), better known by his stage name T.O.P, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Big Bang and has also participated in various dramas and films, such as I Am Sam (2007), Iris (2009), Nineteen (2009), 71: Into the Fire (2010), Commitment (2013), Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014) and Out of Control (2017).
In 2010, T.O.P joined bandmate G-Dragon to record and release a collaboration album, GD & TOP. As a solo rapper, he has released two digital singles, "Turn It Up" (2010) and "Doom Dada" (2013), that peaked at number two and four, respectively, on the Gaon Chart. Columnist Jeff Benjamin of Billboard K-Town noted that T.O.P is well known for his low-bass timbre rapping.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Discography
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Life and career
2005–2006: Career beginnings and debut with Big Bang
Prior to his involvement with YG Entertainment, Choi was an underground rapper under the name of Tempo, and a childhood friend of G-Dragon, another member and leader of Big Bang. G-Dragon stated that the two were "neighborhood friend[s] from middle school" and would often dance and rap together. Although G-Dragon later moved away and the two "became distant", he contacted Seung-hyun again when YG Entertainment was scouting for candidates to create a boy band. The pair recorded several demos and sent them to Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, who later asked Seung-hyun to audition. Seung-hyun was initially rejected by the record label, which deemed him too "chubby" to fit the "idealistic version" of an idol. Seung-hyun later stated that he "went home and exercised really hard because I wanted to join YG Entertainment." Six months later, he returned for another audition and was signed on. He reportedly lost 20 kg in 40 days. Choi was given the stage name of T.O.P. (Korean: 탑) by fellow YG artist Se7en. He became one of the two rappers in the group Big Bang, alongside G-Dragon. The two were paired with four others: Taeyang, Daesung, Seungri and Jang Hyun-seung and a documentation of their training was aired to promote them. Later Hyun-seung was dropped by the record label, and Big Bang made its official debut with five members. Their first album, Since 2007, received lukewarm receptions, and included T.O.P.'s first solo song "Big Boy". The group achieved mainstream success with the release of the song "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말; Revised Romanization: Geojitmal) from their 2007 extended play Always, which topped several charts upon its release. The singles, "Last Farewell" (Korean: 마지막 인사; Revised Romanization: Majimak Insa) from Hot Issue (2008) and "Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루; Revised Romanization: Haru Haru) from Stand Up (2008), became chart-toppers as well.
2007–2010: Solo career development, move into acting, and GD&TOP
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. He became the first member of Big Bang to venture into acting, starring in the KBS2 drama I Am Sam, portraying the school's top fighter, Chae Musin. He also became a host of MBC's music program Music Core.
In 2008, he collaborated with label-mate 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 theatre department.
T.O.P. later portrayed the assassin Vick in the critically acclaimed Korean television drama Iris in 2009. He also recorded the song "Hallelujah" for the drama's soundtrack with Taeyang and G-Dragon. Following Iris, T.O.P. starred in the suspense film 19-Nineteen along with fellow member Seungri. The duo released the single "Because" for the movie's soundtrack.
T.O.P's performance the 2010 war drama film 71: Into the Fire was well-received, earning him several Best New Actor awards at local award giving bodies. The movie also gained 1 million views in a week. Simultaneously, T.O.P began to prepare for his solo musical debut. During Big Bang's Big Show Concert in January 2010, T.O.P. performed his new single "Turn It Up". He became the first Korean artist to have his song released worldwide on iTunes.
Later that year, T.O.P and bandmate G-Dragon formed a subunit to release the album GD & TOP (2010). Prior to the release of the album, the duo held a worldwide premiere showcase for their album at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea, which was also broadcast edlive on YouTube. Three singles were released in support of the album: "High High", "Oh Yeah", and "Knock Out". All three singles preceded the release of the album and attained commercial successes: "Knock Out" was a chart topper while "Oh Yeah" and "High High" both peaked at number two and number three respectively. The album was released on Christmas Eve, and debuted at number one with pre-orders of 200,000 copies.
2011–present: Focus on acting, "Doom Dada" and military service
With Big Bang's members dissolving into solo activities in 2012, T.O.P focused his attention back to acting, starring in the film Commitment (2012), playing the son of a North Korean spy who is falsely accused. While filming a combat scene for the movie, he injured the back of his hand on a glass fragment and was later admitted to the hospital for surgery. For his role, he won the Rookie Award at the Asia Star Awards, held during the Busan International Film Festival.
T.O.P was named one of the hottest sex symbols in 2013. That November, he released the digital single, "Doom Dada" The song was performed for the first time at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2013 in Hong Kong. "Doom Dada" earned the #1 position on Dazed magazine's Top 10 K-Pop tracks of 2013, where it was called "inviting and alienating... it's K-Pop but sly, frenetic and slippery." He later featured on English artist Pixie Lott's Japanese album alongside G-Dragon for the song "Dancing on My Own".
In 2014, T.O.P starred in the gambling film Tazza: The Hidden Card, based on the manhwa of the same name. After debuting as a furniture designer in 2015 in collaboration with Vitra, he was awarded the Visual Culture Award at the Prudential Eye Awards. Later that year, he starred in CJ E&M's web drama The Secret Message alongside Japanese actress Juri Ueno. He released the single "Hi Haruka" as part of the drama's soundtrack.
After spending the majority of 2015 touring and promoting Big Bang's materials for their album Made (2016), T.O.P was cast in the 2016 German-Chinese film Out of Control alongside Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung. The movie is scheduled for release in China. He began his two-year mandatory military service on February 9, 2017. After 21 months of duty as a police soldier, he is set to be discharged on November 8, 2018.
|Story of Men||2008||Himself||Cameo|
|Nineteen||2009||Seo Jeong-hun||Lead role|
|71: Into the Fire||2010||Oh Jang-beom||Lead role|
|Iris the Movie||2011||Vick||Film adaption of Iris for Japan|
|Commitment||2013||Lee Myeong-hoon / Kang Dae-ho||Lead role|
|Tazza: The Hidden Card||2014||Ham Dae-gil||Lead role|
|Big Bang Made||2016||Himself||Big Bang documentary|
|Out of Control||2017||Tom Young||Lead role|
|I Am Sam||2007||Chae Mu-sin||KBS2|
|Secret Message||2015||Woo-hyun||CJ E&M|
For appearances with Big Bang, see Big Bang filmography
|Come to Play||2008||MBC||Guest with G-Dragon, episode 194|
|Family Outing||2009||SBS||Guest, episodes 34 and 35|
|Star Date||2011||KBS||Guest with G-Dragon|
|Night After Night||SBS|
|Kim Jung Eun's Chocolate|
|Running Man||2013||Guest with Kim Yoo-jung, episode 170|
Awards and nominations
|2010||47th Grand Bell Awards||Hallyu Popularity||71: Into the Fire||Won|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|8th Korean Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Style Icon Awards||New Icon (Movie)||Won|
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|Max Movie Award||Best New Actor||Won|
|5th Asian Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|2013||17th BIFF Asia Star Awards||Rookie Awards||Commitment||Won|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Singapore Entertainment Awards||Most Popular K-pop Music Video||"Doom Dada"||Nominated|
|Rhythmer Awards||Hip-Hop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Prudential Eye Awards||Visual Culture Award||Himself||Won|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Tazza: The Hidden Card||Nominated|
|2016||4th Drama Fever Awards||Best Feature Film||Won|
|Best SNS Drama||Secret Message||Won|
Music chart wins
|2010||April 6||"I'm Sorry" (with Gummy)|
|2011||January 9||"High High" (GD & TOP)|
Mnet's M! Countdown
|2010||December 30||"Oh Yeah" (GD & TOP)|
|2011||January 6||"High High" (GD & TOP)|
|2015||August 20||"Zutter" (GD & TOP)|
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