T.O.P. (Shinhwa album)

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T.O.P.
Shinhwa - TOP.jpg
T.O.P. cover
Studio album by Shinhwa
Released April 15, 1999 (1999-04-15)
Recorded 1999
Genre K-pop
Language Korean
Label SM Entertainment
Producer Lee Soo Man
Shinhwa chronology
Resolver
(1998)
T.O.P
(1999)
Only One
(2000)

T.O.P, is the second studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. It was released on 15 April 1999 by SM Entertainment. The title T.O.P stands for Twinkling Of Paradise.

Track listing[edit]

Information is adapted from the liner notes of T.O.P.:[1]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Intro" Eric Mun Park Seong-soo S.S. Park 0:45
2. "Yo! (Brat Report)" (Korean: Yo! (악동보고서)) Yoo Young-jin Y.J. Yoo, Groovie.K Y.J. Yoo 3:45
3. "T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise)" Y.J. Yoo, E. Mun Y.J. Yoo Y.J. Yoo 4:37
4. "Cycle" (Korean: ) Kim Myeong-jik, E. Mun M.J. Kim Oh Han-song 4:00
5. "Nothing" Kim Dong-hyeon, E. Mun S.S. Park S.S. Park 3:40
6. "Breakin' the Silence" (Korean: 침묵을 깨고) Parl Eun-hui, E. Mun Park Hae-woon   3:37
7. "Desire" (Korean: 소망) Lee Jae-kyeong, E. Mun Im Ki-hoon   4:03
8. "To. G" Kim Dong-wan, E. Mun D.W. Kim D.W. Kim 3:49
9. "Grief" (Korean: 푸리) Kim Dong-wan, E. Mun, Lee Min-woo D.W. Kim D.W. Kim 3:02
10. "Return" Kim Dong-hyeon, E. Mun S.S. Park S.S. Park 3:59
11. "Forever with You" (Korean: 너의 곁에서) Shin Hye-sung, E. Mun Shin In-soo   3:55
12. "T.O.P." ((Extended Version)) Y.J. Yoo, E. Mun Y.J. Yoo Y.J. Yoo 4:22
13. "T.O.P." ((Edit Version)) Y.J. Yoo, E. Mun Y.J. Yoo Y.J. Yoo 3:35

Music video[edit]

Shinhwa's music video for "T.O.P" shows the six boys in white suits with a bright fantasy-like as the back-drop. "Yo!" was a different music video, with Lee Minwoo, a vocalist, as the a trouble-maker boy who falls in love with a girl, played by Kim Bo-mi.

Reception[edit]

It garnered much success with T.O.P climbing the charts quickly (debuting at #4 and peaking at #3), follow by Shinwha's second single, Yo!. Shinhwa's second album made a greater impact than their first one as it coincided with the breakup of H.O.T.[2] Although they promoted their first album well, Shinhwa did not do much promotions for their second album and instead, went on working with their third album. Despite the promotions, T.O.P was a success and spent about 24 weeks on the chart before it dropped, one of the very first accomplishments the band achieved. The first single, "T.O.P.", represented Shinhwa's first significant commercial success[3] and was noted for its use of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" music.[4]Years after its release, "T.O.P." has been performed on television with its original choreography by groups such as Girls' Generation,[5] Spica,[6] Super Junior,[7] and Bangtan Boys.[8]

The second lead track "Yo!" collected seven number one wins on live music programmes, a record it held until "This Love" from their eleventh album The Classic, which won eight first place wins in 2013.[9]

Chart[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Sales
Korea Monthly Albums (RIAK) May 1999[10] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Date Distributing label Format
South Korea 5 May 1999 SM Entertainment, Synnara Records CD (KSC-9014)[12]
Japan 19 September 2001 Avex Trax CD (AVCD-18016)[13]

Personnel[edit]

Information is adapted from the liner notes of T.O.P.:[1]

Album production[edit]

  • Lee Soo-man - producer
  • KAT - recording engineer
  • Kim Young-hoon - recording engineer
  • Yeo Doo-hyeon - recording engineer
  • Jin-hoon (BLS) - mastering engineer
  • Hong Hyeon-ah - mastering engineer

Electric guitar[edit]

  • Groovie.K - "Yo! (악동보고서)", "T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise)", "Nothing", "To. G", "Grief", "Return"
  • Oh Han-sol - "Cycle"
  • Sam Lee - "Desire"
  • Lee Geun-hyeong - "Forever With You"

Bass guitar[edit]

  • Lee Tae-woon - "Yo! (악동보고서)", "Cycle", "Nothing"
  • Shin Hyeon-kwon - "Desire"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b T.O.P. (Media notes). SM Entertainment. 1999. 
  2. ^ Shinhwa KBS Global
  3. ^ 6집 ‘너의 결혼식’ 낸 신화, The Chosun Ilbo, retrieved January 19, 2015 
  4. ^ 신인들의 신화창조…댄스그룹 `신화'2집, The Chosun Ilbo, retrieved January 19, 2015 
  5. ^ 소녀시대, '9인의 여전사' 파격 변신...신화 'T.O.P' 도전, E-Daily, retrieved January 18, 2015 
  6. ^ 스피카 '신화 T.O.P 재현, 영광이에요~', JoongAng Ilbo, retrieved January 18, 2015 
  7. ^ 2005 MKMF 2nd Story:Reloaded-Super Junior+ChunSangJeeHee+TVXQ/ Man in love-Kim JongKuk+Shin HyeSung+Tei/ March-Drunken Tiger+T+Dynamic Duo+Jeon InKwon, CJ E&M, retrieved January 18, 2015 
  8. ^ BTS - This Love & T.O.P (SHINHWA), 방탄소년단 - 디스러브 & 티오피 (신화), Show Champion 20140319, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved January 18, 2015 
  9. ^ Kim, JiYeon (7 June 2013). "Shinhwa Gets Most No. 1 Trophies for a Single Track with ′This Love′". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Album Sales For The Month Of May 1999". Recording Industry Association Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  11. ^ "Album Sales For The Month Of September 1999" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association Korea. Archived from the original on 15 March 2005. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "T.O.P album info". Hanteo (in Korean). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "T.O.P. album info (Japan)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 March 2015.