Teen Top

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Teen Top
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Teen Top in 2016
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.teentop.co.kr
Members
Past members
  • L.Joe

Teen Top (Hangul틴탑) is a South Korean boy band formed by TOP Media in 2010. The group is composed of five members: C.A.P, Chunji, Niel, Ricky and Changjo. Originally a six-piece group (with L.Joe, filing for contract termination in February 2017), Teen Top debuted with their first single album Come into the World on July 9, 2010.

Career[edit]

Teen Top members Ricky and Niel were both child actors. Niel debuted through the musical Please, where he played the younger version of Joo Won's role. Ricky debuted in Seo Taiji's music video for "Human Dream" and later portrayed the young version of Song Seung-heon's character in Love Song. Four of Teen Top's Members such as Changjo, Niel, Cap, and L.Joe had an open Lotte World audition whereas the other members (Chunji and Ricky) had a closed audition. It took L.Joe two auditions before he could train unlike the other members.[1]

2010–2012: Debut, Roman, It's, aRtisT and To You[edit]

In July 2010, Teen Top made their debut with the title track, "Clap", off their debut single album Come into the World. A remixed version of "Supa Luv" by A-rex became a promotional vehicle for the American film Beastly in Asia.[2]

Teen Top's mini-album Roman, along with its title track "No More Perfume On You" released in July[3]

Teen Top during an open-air Inkigayo performance in 2012

In January 2012, Teen Top released their second mini album It's. Brave Brothers produced, wrote, composed and mixed all of its six tracks.[4]

On February 3, Teen Top won their very first award on KBS Music Bank since debuting with "Clap" on July 10, 2010.[5] Moreover, they received the honor of performing the ending stage on MBC Music Core, followed by another win on SBS Inkigayo.[6]

aRtisT, Teen Top's third EP, was released on May 30 as a digital download, followed by the release of the music video for its title track "To You". Physical albums were released on June 4, 2012. With this album, the group gained much attention, topping major music charts.

2013: European Tour, No. 1, and Teen Top Class[edit]

Teen Top in Petőfi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary in April 2014

In February 2013, Teen Top held their first European tour, "TEEN TOP SHOW! Live tour in Europe 2013", making stops in Germany, England, France and Spain.[7]

The track "I wanna love (사랑하고 싶어) was released in February 2013.[8][9] They released their full album digitally and physically on the 25t.[10]

On August 25, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Teen Top Class with 장난아냐 (Rocking/No Joke) as the lead single.Teen Top won three music show trophies for "Rocking". The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which led them to release another repackaged album titled Teen Top Class Addition on October 24 with 못났다 (Lovefool) as the lead single.[11]

2014: High Kick world tour, Éxito, and Snow Kiss[edit]

In February, Teen Top held their "High Kick in Seoul" concert in Seoul's Olympic Hall. They then proceeded with their "High Kick" world tour in various countries such as Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, and South American countries like Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.

In September, they released their fourth extended play, Exito with "Missing" as the lead single. They first performed "Missing" live at M Countdown on the 11th of September, prior to the album's release.[12] The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which led them to release a repackaged album, titled 20's Love Two Exitoo on the 10th of November. "I'm Sorry" was the lead single for the album, in which it was not promoted on music shows.[13]

In November, they held their first concert and fan meet in Thailand, titled "My Dear Angels in Bangkok". In December, they held another concert but in four cities in Japan.

In December, they released their first seasonal single album, Snow Kiss with the same title as the lead single.[14]

2015–2016: Natural Born and Red Point[edit]

TOP Media was announced Teen Top hold their exclusive overseas solo concert "My Dear Angels" in Los Angeles at the ORPHEUM TEATER on April 11.[15] This event was cancelled due to internal funding issues; Team Angel takes full responsibility for the cancellation.[16]

Their 6th mini album entitled "Natural Born Teen Top" on June 22 and the same day released the music video to the title song "Ah-Ah" a song written and produced by Black Eyed Pilseung and Sam Lewis.[17][18] After its release, "Natural Born Teen Top" debuted at No. 1 on South Korean Gaon Albums chart as well as No. 13 on Billboard's World Albums chart.[19][20]

On July 4, Teen Top held their 5th Anniversary Concert in Tokyo, Japan continued with stops in Seoul, Nagoya, Kobe and will end in Fukuoka on August 17.[21] The group also attended KCON in New York alongside Girls' Generation and other artists on August 8, 2015.[22]

On July 31, Teen Top released digital single "Except for Me" for Brave Brothers 10th Anniversary album.[23]

Teen Top was a part of the 2015 Feel Korea in New Delhi tour in India, performing on August 29 at New Delhi's Sirifort Auditorium.[24]

On January 17, the music video for the title track, Warning Sign, came out. The next day on January 18, 2016, Teen Top released the mini album, Red Point. The album came in two versions: Chic ver. and Urban ver.[25]

2017-present: High Five and L.Joe controversy[edit]

In early 2017, L,Joe cleared evidence of the group from his social media, deleting "Teen Top" from his Instagram ID and turning his account private[26]. On February 10th, it was revealed that he had requested a termination of contract with his agency, TOP Media, after L.Joe reportedly had wanted more solo activities and was subsequently restricted[27].

On April 10th, 2017, Teen Top released their second studio album titled High Five and continued to promote as five.[28]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • L.Joe

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TEEN TOP’s Niel & Ricky share their childhood photos" Official AllKPop News Website.
  2. ^ "틴탑, 할리우드 대작 홍보대사 발탁 '화제' (TEEN TOP, Chosen as Hollywood Ambassadors becomes a 'Hot Topic')" Star News. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-02. (in Korean)
  3. ^ "TEEN TOP returns with "No More Perfume On You" on Inkigayo" Official AllKPop News Website.
  4. ^ "TEEN TOP releases second mini-album, 'It’s'" Official AllKPop News Website.
  5. ^ "TEEN TOP wins 'Music Bank' K-Chart + Performances from February 3rd!" Official AllKpop News Website.
  6. ^ "TEEN TOP wins 'Inkigayo' mutizen + Performances from February 5!" Official AllKpop News Website.
  7. ^ "Teen Top announces 5 city European tour" AllKpop. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  8. ^ elliefilet (8 February 2013). "TEEN TOP to release album later this month". Allkpop. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "설날맞이 서프라이즈 뉴스를 전해드립니다!". TEEN TOP Official Website. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  10. ^ neefa (24 February 2013). "TEEN TOP makes a manly transformation for new 12-track album 'No.1′ + release "Miss Right" MV". Allkpop. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "(공지) 틴탑 'TEEN TOP CLASS ADDITION' 리패키지 앨범 발매 안내". TOP Media. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  12. ^ 틴탑, 1년 만의 컴백 목 빠지게 기다렸어(엠카운트다운). ent.hankyung (in Korean). September 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "TEEN TOP leave hearts fluttering with Niel and C.A.P's images for upcoming repackaged album". Allkpop. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ "TEEN TOP release Christmas themed digital single, 'Snow Kiss'". Allkpop. December 9, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "TEEN TOP My Dear Angels in LA". onehallyu. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Teen Top My Dear Angels in LA Cancellation". ANGEL UNITED. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Teen Top Release Individual Teasers And Album Art For 'Natural Born'". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Teen Top drop track list for 'Natural Born'". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  19. ^ 틴탑 새앨범, 한터차트 이어 가온차트 음반부문 1위. The Star (in Korean). June 2, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/6620001/k-pop-summer-comebacks-2015-bts-sistar-aoa-teen-top
  21. ^ "【7/4 開催決定!】TEEN TOP 5th ANNIVERSARY LIVE in Japan 2015". 
  22. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "Teen Top & AOA Join KCON 2015 New York Lineup". Billboard. 
  23. ^ "TEEN TOP drop 'Except For Me' as part of Brave Brothers' 10th anniversary album!". allkpop. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  24. ^ "India is about to receive their love for the Hallyu Wave with 2015 Feel Korea concert in New Delhi". HELLOASIA. 
  25. ^ "TEEN TOP introduce track list to "Red Point" comeback". allkpop. January 12, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  26. ^ "L.Joe worries fans by deleting Teen Top out of his Instagram ID and turning his account private". AllKpop. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  27. ^ Choi, R. "Teen Top's L.Joe Revealed To Have Requested Contract Termination From Agency". Soompi. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  28. ^ "Teen Top Is Tired Of Heartbreak In "Love Is" MV". soompi. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 

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