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Tony Ahn
Background information
Birth nameAhn Seung-ho
Also known asTony Ahn
Born (1978-06-07) June 7, 1978 (age 45)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • businessman
Years active1996–present
Formerly of
Stage name
Revised RomanizationTony Ahn
McCune–ReischauerTony Ahn
Birth name
Revised RomanizationAhn Seung-ho
McCune–ReischauerAhn Sŭng-ho

Tony Ahn (Korean토니안; born June 7, 1978) is a South Korean singer, best known as a member of boy band H.O.T.. After H.O.T. disbanded in 2001, its ex-members Tony Ahn, Jang Woo-hyuk and Lee Jae-won formed the dance music trio jtL. Eventually, JTL unofficially disbanded as each member, including Ahn, released their solo material.


He is the CEO of TN Nation Entertainment, a music entertainment company; Skoolooks, a school uniform company; and Shinenihs, an undergarment company. Popular comedians Jung Hyung-don and Jo Hye-ryun were both part of TN Nation Entertainment.[1][2]

In 1997, Ahn was admitted to Dongguk University. He majored in stage performance and graduated in 2003.[3]



Ahn changed his genre to fast-paced soft rock songs and gave a speech, telling about his views on his former H.O.T. members, and how he tried to contact them. He also released a music video title "Melody" featuring SAT from his special album, "Untold Story".

On April 28, 2008, Ahn came back with a new special album entitled "Look Blank", with its principal song "Wallet". In September 2010, Ahn completed his 2-year army duty and released a new song, "Going To Meet You Now". He released an EP titled 'Top Star' in February 2011, and after leaving as MC for the popular No. 1 Kpop chart show Mcountdown! in 2012 he released a single called "Beautiful girl" which also features Hyun Jun of SMASH.


When JTL was created, Ahn was the lead vocal for the group and not just a back-up vocal and English rapper. H.O.T. fans had mixed feelings for jtL. Many of jtL's music videos were boycotted. However, things changed around when jtL held a 'Guerilla Concert' in front of 12,133 fans.[4]

TN Nation Entertainment[edit]

After Ahn wanted to pursue a solo career during his jtL days, he created his own label, TN Nation Entertainment. Artists under this label are Ahn and former Click-B member Yoo Ho-suk, going under the name "Evan", along with Jung Ju-ri, Shin Bong-sun, 어썸베이비 (Awe5omeBaby), and others. South Korean comedian and entertainer Jung Hyung-don was the member of this company.

TN Nation Entertainment also debuted a boy band named SMASH, who released a music video for their debut song, "비상[Emergency]", on August 14, 2008. Ahn collaborated with SMASH in February 2012 with 'Get Your Swag On'. They promoted the song together on various live music shows.[5] SMASH later disbanded at the end of 2014.[6]

On June 19, 2015, the company debuted their first girl group, a five-member beatpella (beatbox + a cappella) group called 어썸베이비 (literally Awesome Baby, stylized as Awe5omeBaby). The members include June, Sumin, Yechan, Dahee, and Lina. Their debut single was '내가 왜?' or 'Why Should I?'.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2013, Ahn was investigated for illegal online sports gambling alongside South Korean comedian Lee Soo Geun and South Korean entertainer Tak Jae-hoon. Reportedly, he gambled a total of 400,000,000 KRW (approximately $376,000 USD) between May 2009 and March 2012. He had his first hearing on December 6 and received a six-month prison sentence with one year probation on December 27.[7][8][9]

On February 13, 2014, in light of Ahn's illegal gambling incident, KBS revealed they had imposed a ban on all of H.O.T.'s songs and prevented his show appearances on their media outlets while MBC simultaneously announced a temporary ban on Ahn's show appearances on their channels as well.[10][11] As of 2016, all the major stations lifted the ban on Ahn.

An is currently housemates with Sechs Kies's member Kim Jae-duck. The arrangement had caused a stir amongst their contemporaries as both groups were regarded as one another's fiercest industry rivals during the late 1990s and largely avoided any contact with one another despite crossing paths many times. They had met and befriended one another during their mandatory military service.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Reverse Cameo; sound film [12]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 Hello Franceska Tony MBC Cameo ep. 2
2012 Reply 1997 Himself tvN Cameo ep. 1 & 3
2019 How to Hate You? JTBC Cameo ep. 2
Melting Me Softly Himself tvN Cameo ep. 1
2020 Hanging On Dr. Ahn Jung-seop JTBC Cameo ep. 4 & 6
2021 Second Husband a producer MBC Cameo ep.2[13]
Fly Again Yoo Min-hyuk Kakao TV [14][15]
2023 Oh! Youngsim Lee Woo-sang ENA [16]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2000–2002 Star Survival Dongeodongrak Cast Member MBC
2010–2011 Oh! My School Host KBS1
2011–2012 M Countdown Main Host Mnet
2013 MasterChef Korea Celebrity Contestant O'live
Handsome Boys of the 20th Century Cast Member QTV
2016 Attraction TV Cast Member OnStyle
2016–2018, 2022 My Little Old Boy Cast Member SBS
2016–2017 Lipstick Prince Cast Member OnStyle
2017 Raid the Convenience Store Cast Member tvN
2018 Plan Man 3 Main Host Naver
Mimi Shop Main Host JTBC
2019 Go Together, Travel Alone Cast Member TV Chosun
Escape Idols Cast Member Studio DIA
2020 Idol Fishing Camp Cast Member JTBC
Top 10 Student Cast Member KBS2
2021–Present Boss in the Mirror Cast Member KBS2


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette
Yutzpracachia's Love
  • Released: April 14, 2006
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Format: CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales

Behind The Clouds (촌스럽게)
  • Released: November 29, 2005
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Format: CD
Untold Story 5
Top Star
  • Released: April 4, 2011
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
I'm Tony An
  • Released: July 3, 2013
  • Label: TN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes release did not chart.


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  3. ^ Cho, Hyeji (November 5, 2012). 가수 토니 안 동문, 모교 찾아 후배 격려 (in Korean). Dongguk University. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
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  17. ^ a b Recording Industry Association of Korea chart positions:
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  19. ^ "2006년 - 가요 총결산 판매량". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  20. ^ Circle Album Chart positions:
  21. ^ "2005년 - 가요 총결산 음반 판매량". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
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