Tony Ahn of JTL to start
career as producer
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Tony Ahn, former member of H.O.T.
and current member of JTL, announced that he intends to debut as an
album producer. Tony Ahn will hold an official audition to hunt for
new talent whom he will work with to cultivate as new stars of the
local music scene. Ahn is planning to choose several people and
officially debut them as one or two teams by the end of this year.
There is a big possibility that he will choose the dance music genre
for his new teams, but Ahn said that there are no limitations for
the specialties of the new talent. Tony Ahn‘s transformation into
music producer was anticipated after he became a joint CEO for a
celebrity management agency, ‘tn Entertainment.’ However, Tony Ahn‘s
new music producing career has caused uncertainty for the possible
reunion of H.O.T., the possibility of which was brought up earlier
JTL + Kang Ta + Hee Jun = H.O.T (again
Article taken from
HOT: 3 Long Years Coming
The 5 former members of the
once popular group H.O.T got together for the first time in almost
Mun Heejun, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony An, Kangta and Lee Jae Won
participated in the SBS Shin Sa Ok Opening Handprinting Ceremony on
the 17th at the SBS Open Hall.
At 8pm, Kangta and Mun Hee Jun arrived first at the recording studio
followed by the members of jTL, Tony, Jang Woo Hyuk and Lee Jae Won.
The members then gathered on the 1st floor to have a official press
On the question of reuniting, Kangta was the first to reply with
"Today after recording is finished, we will all gather to discuss
the issue." Mun Hee Jun then added "Even when such a long time has
passed since we broke up, we are thankful for the fans that remain
waiting. Everyone hopes to reunite." JTL member Lee Jae Won then
explained, "The most important fact about the reuniting that Hee Jun
Hyung is talking about is the meaning that the fans represent."
When the MC Shin Dong Yub asked "Is there any chance of reuniting"
Mun Hee Jun replied with "This feels like 3 years ago." and Tony
explained "We've seen the recent survey showing that there is still
a large interest on H.O.T. We will seriously think about this
This was the first time the members had all gathered in the same
place since their break up in May 2001. Furthermore during that
time, there had been many rumours on H.O.T reuniting but this was
the first time any official comments were made on the matter.
H.O.T who debuted in 1996, released 5 albums and reached Korea's top
singer status before breaking up in 2001. Their official fan club
numbers were in the hundreds of thousands and even to this day is
the largest official fan club.
However, the chances of H.O.T reuniting is still unkwon and most
probably unlikely. On the request of the 5 members to introduce
themselves as 'H.O.T', member Lee Jae Won commented that "We are JTL."
showing his disapproval.
On this day's recording, over 1,000 fans gathered to have a
candle-lit ceremony singing H.O.T's hitsong 'Candy' in hopes of
H.O.T reuniting. Apart from H.O.T, FinKL, Lee Byung Hyun, Kwon
Sangwoo, Ko Du Shim, Jo Sung Mo, An Jae Mo and various other stars
The ceremony was hosted by comedian Shin Dong Yub and announcer Jung
Ji Young and will be broadcasted on the 21st at 6pm.
Farewell in 2001
Article taken from
H.O.T. : Now and
by Ted Lim
With the releases of new
solo albums from former leader Moon Hee Jun and former lead singer
Kang Ta and waiting with anticipation for the new album from Tony,
Woo Hyuk and Jae Won, soompi.com looks back at the history of this
popular quintet and portends the future of all five members.
Produced by Lee Soo Man’s, High Five of Teenagers was the new K-pop
phenomenon of the past half decade in gayo history. The group
consisted of five members, all hired for their incredible dancing
skills: Kang Ta (An Chil Hyun), Moon Hee Jun, Lee Jae Won, Jang Woo
Hyuk, and American Tony Ahn. The last member joined at the same time
as Andy, who was withdrawn from the group because of his young age
and later went on to join Shinhwa, also under the SM production
H.O.T. has solidified their place in gayo history through their
incredible skills as a group and as individual artists. Their
popular appeal has also assisted them in reaching the top. Through
five strong albums, a Japanese movie and related products, and a
complete Korean merchandising line, H.O.T. has become more than a
music group—it has become a pop culture phenomenon. The name itself
eerily suggests more than five young guys singing melodies—it hints
at a force that has changed Korean society forever.
Making their debut on September 7, 1996, the group imminently faced
troubles with the release of their first single, “Junsa Ae Hoo Yeh”,
a hard-core rap song which was accused of plagiarizing a formerly
released song by Cypress Hill. Unrelenting, the group rebounded back
with their hit song “Candy”—a cute, quirky dance number that sent
H.O.T. to the top.
Their second album was later released in July of 1997. One of the
most anticipated albums of all time, this album, titled “Wolf and
Sheep”, faced similar obstacles as their debut, as the title track
was banned by the Korean censors for explicit lyrics. Tenacious as
ever, H.O.T. released “Haeng Bok” and “We are the Future”. The
former had a style similar to their previous hit, “Candy”, while the
latter was a pumped-up techno song penned by the ultimate SM
songwriter, Yoo Young Jin.
Yoo Young Jin assisted the group even further in their third album,
released approximately a year later. He wrote the title track, “Yuhl
Mah Chwuh”, a fan-razing hyperkinetic rock song that exemplified the
group’s incredible use of coordination and their infamous rap
skills. Following “Yuhl Mah Chwuh” was “Beet”, written by Kang Ta.
The group began to utilize a more serious style. Emerging as a boy
band but transforming into real artists, this third album helped
H.O.T. earn a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Although
the third album was a bit of a disappointment, it paved the way for
their future successes.
In the summer of 1999, H.O.T. rejuvenated the latent rock/rap genre
with the Yoo-Young-Jin-composed “iYah!” In my opinion the best song
from the group, “iYah” exhibited powerful lyrics and brilliant
performances by all five members, most notably Kang Ta’s solo near
the end. Destroying all competition on the music charts, most
notably in their victory over “Com’ Back” and “Yae Gam” by rival
group Sechskies, “iYah” rose straight to the top. It was accompanied
by Moon Hee Jun’s “Too Ji”, a similarly-themed rock composition.
After filming a movie in Japan entitled “Age of Peace”, H.O.T.
returned with their fifth album with “Outside Castle” as their title
track. This whole album exhibited their creative strength, since all
of the songs were written, composed, and produced by all five
members. The exceptional compositions were “Outside Castle” by Moon
Hee Jun, “A Song for a Lady” by Hee Jun, “Shin Bi” and “We Can Do
It!” by Kang Ta, and “Natural Born Killer” by Tony. H.O.T. once
again reached the top spot in most music charts.
Soon afterwards, however, the group entered financial quarrels with
the SM Production group during the spring of 2001. SM extended
contracts for Kang Ta and Moon Hee Jun and increased their salary,
while they neglected the other three members. Tony, Woo Hyuk, and
Jae Won, eventually fit with rage, left SM because of these feelings
of neglect and exploitation and traveled to a different production
company (Yee Jeon Media) to start over. The break up of H.O.T. was
announced, mostly with shock and intense at outrage at SM and even
some heat against Kang Ta and Moon Hee Jun for supposedly betraying
the unity of the group for “more money”. Recently, Kang Ta released
his solo album and is climbing the charts, utilizing an older
R&B/ballad style, while Moon Hee Jun recently released his own solo
effort with more of a versatile exhibition of style, ranging from
rock to rap to techno to R&B. The new album from Tony, Woo Hyuk and
Jae Won is expected soon, with Tony as leader and main vocal. There
are still hopes for the reunification of H.O.T. after Kang Ta and
Hee Jun’s contracts end in January, 2002.
They were the hottest Korean boy band.....
group's name stands for High-Five of Teenagers Most popularly Known
member to be discovered was Kang Ta (Ahn Chil Hyun) while hanging
out with his friends at Lotte World, (a Korean version of
Disneyland) A Talent scout (or was that a manager) saw him while he
was performing and was impressed naturally, approached him with a
father was against him becoming a gasoo (korean for singer) , at the
early age of 14 he begin his training. He started out as a back
dancer for the current popular artist, Yoo Young Jin.
Moon Hee Jun
Jun was the next member to be added. Hee Jun tried auditioning for a
position and the managers/producers liked what he did, he made it
Hee Jun also began as a back dancer for Yoo Young Jin, along with
Lee Jae Won
Hee Jun, who had heard of Jae Won's dancing skills, became friends
with Jae Won, and asked him to try out in the audition, and... of
course he made it.
Jang Woo Hyuk
After winning first place at a dancing contest, Jang Woo Hyuk , was
asked to tryout for H.O.T, and so he did.
The last member of H.O.T was Tony Ahn (Ahn Seung Ho) .
manager/producer, Lee Soo Man, helds tryout in LA and both Tony and
his close friend Andy (of Shin Hwa another korean boyband ) made it
in. But after 4 months of practice, Andy's parents withdrew their
support of him becoming a gasoo, and Andy dropped out of H.O.T. (He
is currently a member of shinhwa ).
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