Teen Top (Hangul: 틴탑) 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. 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.
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. Based on their performances, netizens gave Teen Top the nickname "Knife Choreography".
2011: "Supa Luv" and Roman:
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012: It's, aRtisT and Be Ma Girl:
In January 2012, Teen Top released their second mini album It's. Brave Brothers produced, wrote, composed and mixed all of its six tracks. 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.
Teen Top revealed the music video for their comeback song "Crazy" (Korean: 미치겠어) on January 5, featuring 4Minute's Kwon Sohyun. 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. Moreover, they received the honor of performing the ending stage on MBC Music Core, followed by another win on SBS Inkigayo. 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.
2013: European Tour, No. 1, and Teen Top Class:
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.
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. 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.
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.
2014: High Kick world tour, Éxito , and Snow Kiss:
On 22 and 23 February, Teen Top held their 'TEEN TOP 2014 World Tour 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.
On September 15, Teen Top released their 4th mini album Exito with 쉽지않아 (Missing) as the lead single.Teen Top first performed "Missing" live at M Countdown on September 11 , prior to the album's release. The promotion cycle lasted shorter than usual, which led them to release another repackaged album titled "20's LOVE TWO ÉXITO" on November 10 with 우린 문제없어 (I'm Sorry) as the lead single, which will not be promoted on music shows.
On November 23, Teen Top held their first concert and fanmeet in Thailand titled 'LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels in Bangkok' and in December "LIVE TOUR My Dear Angels" held in four cities in Japan.
On December 10, Teen Top released first seasonal single album Snow Kiss with as the lead single 눈사탕 (Snow Kiss).
2015: Natural Born:
Teen Top will hold their exclusive overseas solo concert "My Dear Angels" in Los Angeles at the ORPHEUM TEATER on April 11. This event was cancelled due to internal funding issues; Team Angel takes full responsibility for the cancellation.
Their 6th mini album entitled "Natural Born" on June 22th and the following day will be released the music video to the title song "Ah-Ah".
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)
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