Teen Top

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Teen Top
Teen Top from acrofan 2.jpg
Teen Top in 2012
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Associated acts
Website www.teentop.co.kr

Teen Top (Hangul틴탑) is a South Korean boy band that consists of six members: C.A.P, Chunji, L.Joe, Niel, Ricky and Changjo. The band debuted under TOP Media, founded by Andy Lee of Shinhwa, in 2010. They released their first single album Come into the World on July 9, 2010 and made their official debut the following day on MBC's Music Core. The group's name is an acronym for "teenage emoboy emotion next generation talent object praise." Their official fan club name is Angel, previously unofficially named Andromeda.


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: Debut[edit]

In July 2010, Teen Top made their debut with the title track, "Clap" (Korean: 박수)/, off their debut single album Come into the World, which was released on July 9. The music video for "Clap" features Lizzy from After School.

Teen Top officially debuted on July 10 at MBC's Music Core, followed by SBS's Inkigayo, receiving positive reviews for both performances.[2] Based on their performances, netizens gave Teen Top the nickname "Knife Choreography".

2011: "Supa Luv" and Roman[edit]

On January 13, 2011, Teen Top made their first comeback on M! Countdown with their 2nd single "Supa Luv", which was produced by Shin Hyuk. The song, originally written and performed by Redd Stylez, was re-written and translated into Korean by Wheesung.[3]

On March 2, Teen Top released a music video for a remix version of "Supa Luv" by A-rex, featuring scenes from the American film Beastly. The remix was then chosen for the movie's promotion throughout Asia.[4]

The group made an appearance on the French news program Le Grand Journal, for which they received overwhelming critical acclaim by comparison to other acts that had appeared on the show. Their performance of "Supa Luv" was highly praised, with hosts commenting on the synchronized dancing and the pastel colored hair sported by each member. Notable acts that had made it onto the talk show as well include Eminem, Usher, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna.[citation needed]

Teen Top's mini-album Roman, along with its title track "No More Perfume On You" (Korean: 향수 뿌리지마) was digitally released on July 26 and physically on July 27.[5][6]

2012: It's, aRtisT and To You[edit]

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.[7] The album was due to be released at midnight of January 4/5, but by 8 pm on January 4, it had leaked to shareware sites, garnering over a thousand hits in ten minutes alone.[8]

Teen Top revealed the music video for their comeback song "Crazy" (Korean: 미치겠어) on January 5, featuring 4Minute's Kwon Sohyun.[9] The song was introduced on the Brazilian RedeTV! entertainment news program Leitura Dinâmica on January 10, which helped Teen Top gain more international interest. Also the song's music video was shown in the karaoke room that Joon-Hee (Hoya) of Infinite was singing in for his drama, Reply 1997.

On February 3, Teen Top won their very first award on KBS Music Bank since debuting with "Clap" on July 10, 2010.[10] Moreover, they received the honor of performing the ending stage on MBC Music Core, followed by another win on SBS Inkigayo.[11] At the average age of 17.3 years, the band was the youngest idol group to have won awards on the aforementioned music shows. On February 25, Teen Top once again received the honor of performing the ending stage on Music Core.

Teen Top celebrated the inauguration of their official fanclub ANGEL on May 28.

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.

On June 19, the band began their Teen Top Zepp Tour 2012 through Japan with stops in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.

On August 3, the music video for the single "Be Ma Girl" (Korean: 나랑 사귈래?) was released, followed by Teen Top's comeback performance on MBC's Music Core a day later.[12]

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. The tour was successful and set a new decibel record for their concert in Paris, France.[13][14]

On February 8, TOP Media announced that Teen Top will be releasing their first studio album titled, No. 1, on February 25 with a track from the album, I wanna love (사랑하고 싶어), pre-releasing on the 15th. The Music Video teaser for I wanna love was released on the 12th. Both the track and Music Video for "I wanna love (사랑하고 싶어) were released on the 15th. The Music Video featured streets and sceneries of Hong Kong.[15][16][17][18] They released their full album digitally and physically on the 25th along with their full Music Video for "긴 생머리 그녀 (Miss Right)" later on the same day.[19]

On August 25, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Teen Top Class with 장난아냐 (Roking/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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

2015: Natural Born[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.[24] This event was cancelled due to internal funding issues; Team Angel takes full responsibility for the cancellation.[25]

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.[26][27] 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.[28][29]

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.[30] The group also attended KCON in New York alongside Girls' Generation and other artists on August 8, 2015.[31]

On July 31,Teen Top released digital single "Except for Me" for Brave Brothers 10th Anniversary album.[32]

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.[33]


  • C.A.P (Bang Min-soo 방민수)
  • Chunji (Lee Chan-hee 이찬희)
  • L.Joe (Lee Byung-hun 이병헌)
  • Niel (Ahn Daniel 안다니엘)
  • Ricky (Yoo Chang-hyun 유창현)
  • Changjo (Choi Jong-hyun 최종현)


Main article: Teen Top discography


Reality show[edit]

Year Title Hangul Episodes Network Participating Members
2010 Mnet Scandal Episode 1-2 Mnet C.A.P & L.Joe
Making the Artist, Season 1 All
Road to Japan
2011 Making the Artist, Season 2 GOM TV
2012 Secret Island 시크릿 아일랜드 Mnet
Teen Top Rising 100%[34] 틴탑의 뜬다 백퍼 All 10, Jun. 16 - Aug. 18 SBS MTV All (w/ labelmate 100%)[35][36]
Teen Top & 100% Rising Brothers[37][38] 틴탑&백퍼센트의 떴다 브라더스 All 12, Oct. 26 - Jan. 11, 2013 MBC Music
2014 Teen Top Never Stop in Guam 틴탑의 네버스탑 인 괌 All 6, April 5 - May 17 Y Star All
2015 Define True Colors 정의본색 1-4 (cast member) MBC Every1 Niel
Global Request Show - A Song For You 4 1 (guest member) KBS All

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Member Role Network Notes
2012 Weekly Idol All Guest MBC Every 1 Episode 31, 32, 49
2013 Episode 91 w/ Speed
Beatles Code 2 Chunji Mnet w/ Shinhwa, Seo Min-woo (100%) and Hyoeun (Stellar)[39]
Weekly Idol All MBC Every 1 Episode 115
2014 Teen Top In Hawaii Cast YouTube
Weekly Idol Guest MBC Every 1 Episode 167
2015 Episode 205
Hello Counselor All except L.Joe KBS World Episode 240


Year Title Member Role Notes
2004 Children's Chorus Niel
2005 641 Families
2010 I Am Legend All Idol group TEENTOP Cameo
2012 Do You Know Taekwondo? Niel Myung Sung
2013 Two Weeks Shin Hyun-woo Cameo
2014 Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit L.Joe Uhm Si-woo Ep 7 cameo ep
Entertain US All Idol group TEENTOP Reality Drama
Sweden Laundry Changjo Yong Soo-chul Lead Role
Niel Kim Min-ho Ep. 5 cameo
2015 Missing Noir M L.Joe Yang Jeong-ho Ep.7 cameo
Magic Bottle "Web Drama" Gong Byung-man Lead Role
2016 Entertainer Seo Jae-hoon Lead Role
Everyday New Face Kang Woon Lead Role


Year Title Member Role Notes
2007 Eleventh Mom Niel Ban-jang
2015 Makgeolli Girls Changjo Kang-ho
2016 Trumpet on the Cliff L.Joe Ji-oh

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Song Year Artist Member
Love Song 2008 Various Artist " hit songs from 2004-2008 " Ricky
"Night and Day" 2014 Wheesung C.A.P
"Giddy up" 2015 Vasco feat Cjamm


  • Teen Top Japan 1st Concert Tour (2012)
  • Teen Top 1st European Tour "Teen Top Show!" (2013)
  • Teen Top 1st Asia Tour Concert (2013)
  • Teen Top Summer Special Concert (2013)
  • Teen Top Zepp Tour "Fly Hight!" (2013)
  • Teen Top 1st World Tour "High Kick" (2014)
  • Teen Top Live Tour "My Dear Angels" (2014)
  • Teen Top 5th Anniversary Concert (2015)
  • Teen Top US Live Tour "Red Point" (2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "TEEN TOP’s Niel & Ricky share their childhood photos" Official AllKPop News Website.
  2. ^ "Teen Top gets praised for their live performances" Official AllKPop News Website.
  3. ^ "틴탑, 새 앨범에 휘성-신혁 참여… '절묘하게 어우러졌다' (TEEN TOP's New Album, Wheesung & Shin Hyuk Gathered)" SSTV News. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-02. (Korean)
  4. ^ "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. (Korean)
  5. ^ "Notice' section on the website" Teen Top official website (Korean)
  6. ^ "TEEN TOP returns with "No More Perfume On You" on Inkigayo" Official AllKPop News Website.
  7. ^ "TEEN TOP releases second mini-album, 'It’s'" Official AllKPop News Website.
  8. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (5 January 2012). "Teen Top's second mini-album leaked online hours before its release". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  9. ^ "TEEN TOP reveals MV for 'Going Crazy'" Official AllKPop News Website.
  10. ^ "TEEN TOP wins 'Music Bank' K-Chart + Performances from February 3rd!" Official AllKpop News Website.
  11. ^ "TEEN TOP wins 'Inkigayo' mutizen + Performances from February 5!" Official AllKpop News Website.
  12. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (31 July 2012). "Teen Top to make a comeback just in time for summer vacation". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  13. ^ "틴탑 유럽 5개 도시 투어_TEEN TOP SHOW! Live tour in Europe 2013". Teen Top's official website. T.O.P Media. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  14. ^ pkdance. "TEEN TOP's concert in Paris sets new decibel record". Allkpop. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  15. ^ elliefilet (8 February 2013). "TEEN TOP to release album later this month". Allkpop. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "설날맞이 서프라이즈 뉴스를 전해드립니다!". TEEN TOP Official Website. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Special Gift for Lunar New Year!". Official TOP Media Facebook. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "TEEN TOP(틴탑)_I wanna love(사랑하고 싶어) Teaser". Official Teen Top YouTube. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "(공지) 틴탑 'TEEN TOP CLASS ADDITION' 리패키지 앨범 발매 안내". TOP Media. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  21. ^ 틴탑, 1년 만의 컴백 목 빠지게 기다렸어(엠카운트다운). ent.hankyung (in Korean). September 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ "TEEN TOP release Christmas themed digital single, 'Snow Kiss'". Allkpop. December 9, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  24. ^ "TEEN TOP My Dear Angels in LA". onehallyu. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Teen Top My Dear Angels in LA Cancellation". ANGEL UNITED. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Teen Top Release Individual Teasers And Album Art For 'Natural Born'". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Teen Top drop track list for 'Natural Born'". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  28. ^ 틴탑 새앨범, 한터차트 이어 가온차트 음반부문 1위. The Star (in Korean). June 2, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  29. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/6620001/k-pop-summer-comebacks-2015-bts-sistar-aoa-teen-top
  30. ^ "【7/4 開催決定!】TEEN TOP 5th ANNIVERSARY LIVE in Japan 2015". 
  31. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "Teen Top & AOA Join KCON 2015 New York Lineup". Billboard. 
  32. ^ "TEEN TOP drop 'Except For Me' as part of Brave Brothers' 10th anniversary album!". allkpop. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  33. ^ "India is about to receive their love for the Hallyu Wave with 2015 Feel Korea concert in New Delhi". HELLOASIA. 
  34. ^ "Teen Top Rising 100% - Cast" SBS MTV. Retrieved 2012-10-01. (Korean)
  35. ^ "Schedule 2012.10" 100% official website. Retrieved 2012-10-29. (Korean)
  36. ^ "Schedule 2012.11" 100% official website. Retrieved 2012-10-29. (Korean)
  37. ^ "Schedule 2012.10" Teen Top official website. Retrieved 2012-10-29. (Korean)
  38. ^ "Schedule 2012.11" Teen Top official website. Retrieved 2012-10-29. (Korean)
  39. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (13 June 2013). "Teen Top, 100%, and Stellar Make Shinhwa Sweat on The Beatles Code". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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