H.O.T. (에쵸티) was a popular five-member South Korean boy band in the mid to late 1990s. Their name is an acronym, standing for “High-five Of Teenagers”. They were formed by SM Entertainment in 1996 and disbanded in 2001.
H.O.T. was a group that enjoyed massive success in their career, allowing them to become major influences on the future of boy bands and the rest of the music scene in Korea, their popularity also led to the creation of female groups in Korea. The group was formed by Lee Soo Man, the head of SM Entertainment, in 1996. Kangta was the first to join the group when he and a friend were discovered singing and dancing at an amusement park. Moon Hee Jun auditioned and made it into the group, and he recommended that Jae Won be considered; he auditioned and made it as well. Jang Woo Hyuk joined after winning a dancing contest, and Tony An, originally discovered by Brothers Entertainment in the United States, moved to SM with his friend Andy Lee, who later pulled out and joined the group Shinhwa.
H.O.T. made their debut with their first album, “We Hate All Kinds of Violence” in September 1996. This album and its first single, Junsa Ae Hoo Yeh, sparked controversy because some of their songs apparently plagiarized others, and lawsuits were placed against the group.
Despite this demeaning debut, they released a second single from the album, Candy, which became the first of many of their releases to hit the top spot.
The released their second album in June 1997, entitled “Wolf & Sheep”. This became another controversial release, since the title track featured strong language that caused it to be banned from all the major radio stations. However, a second single from this album, “We Are the Future” brought them back into the spotlight with another #1 hit.
In 1998, “We Are The Future“‘s earned an American MTV Award for Best International Video.
The next year the group had their first live tour, starting with the Olympic Park Gymnasium Area in Seoul. H.O.T. was the first Kpop group to hold a concert here.
They released their third album “Resurrection” in September 1998. This album featured a more “serious” style, with music gravitating towards rock.
They released their fourth album “Iyah!” and a “Best of” album in the following year, 1999 . They also starred in a “Space Jam”-like movie called “Age of Peace”, for which they also released a soundtrack consisting songs that the members themselves composed.
They won numerous awards from KMTV, and various popular music shows in Korea for their fourth album and the soundtrack.
They released their fifth and final album “Outside Castle” in September 2000.
All of the members took part in composing the lyrics. They were known for their talent of writing and composing many of their own songs. In addition, Moon Hee Jun and Jang Woo Hyuk were also known for their dancing abilities, and often choreographed the groups routines.
In May 2001 their contract with SM Entertainment was almost up, and as they did not feel that they were receiving enough royalties, they decided to disband, and pursue solo careers: Kangta and Moon Hee Jun were offered contracts under SM Entertainment, while the remaining three started a short-lived, moderately successful band called JTL.
Later, Jang Woo Hyuk created his own dancing school called “Newest Academy,” while in 2005 Moon Hee Jun left SM Entertainment and created his own entertainment company, PS Entertainment. Tony An released a solo album and also created his own company, Tn Entertainment. Later, in 2005, Jae Won released his own solo album, as did Woo Hyuk.
The members of H.O.T recently expressed their interest in having a comeback together.
Moon HeeJun (문희준) is a South Korean musician formerly of the group H.O.T. He also created PS Entertainment after leaving SM Entertainment. Currently he is under a company called SidusHQ.
He released many albums. His solo debut was with the album “Alone”, The music and the words of all the tracks in the album, except for “Ibyeori Animeul (이별이 아님을),” which was an adaptation of Auld Lang Syne, were written by Moon.
Heejun appeared in MBC’s drama “Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun” and hosted many tv programs as “Moon Hee Jun’s Music Rebellion” and “Intimate Note”.
Jang WooHyuk (장우혁),born May 8, 1978, is a South Korean rapper. He debuted under SM Entertainment as one of the members of the 5 member boyband H.O.T. in 1996.
As a member of H.O.T. he was known for being a dancer of the group, and was known for his strong vocal screams in his rap. His nicknames have been “Hammer Boy” for his famous locking dance from H.O.T.s debut single; Candy. When H.O.T disbanded in 2001, Woo Hyuk and two other H.O.T members; Tony An and Lee Jae Won dropped out of SM and formed the trio JTL.
JTL unofficially disbanded in 2003 as its members began pursuing solo careers. Woo Hyuk became the CEO of Newest Entertainment (a dancing academy). Woo Hyuk collaborated with many K-pop musicians.
To prepare for his solo album, Jang Woo Hyuk underwent 10 months of dance training.
Woo Hyuk also changed his style of rapping. Instead of screaming the lyrics out into the mic the way he did during his H.O.T days, he now does his usual rapping.
He debutes as a solo artist with the album “No More Drama”.
His new album released May 25th entitled ” I am The Future “, with singles including Time is [L]over , I am the Future, and Minimalism.
Woo Hyuk is a dancer who has greatly improved since the days of H.O.T and JTL. His dance styles consist primarily of waving, but also incorporates popping, strobing, animation, and body shakes.
Ahn SeungHo (안승호), born on June 7, 1978, is a South Korean singer best known for being part of the popular K-pop boy band H.O.T.. After H.O.T. disbanded in 2001, its ex-members Tony An, Jang Woo Hyuk and Lee Jae Won formed the dance music trio JTL. Eventually, JTL unofficially disbanded as each member, including Tony, released their solo material. He is also the CEO of TN Entertainment, a music entertainment company; Skoolooks, a school uniform company; and Shinenihs, an undergarment company.
He debuted as a solo singer with the album “Believe” in 2004.
After Tony wanted to pursue a solo career during his JTL days, he created his own label, Tn Entertainment. Artists under this label are Tony and former Click-B member Yoo Ho Suk, going under the name “Evan”, along with Jung Juri, Shin Bongsun and others. South Korean comedian and entertainer Jeong Hyeong-don is also the member of this company. Tn Entertainment has also debuted a new boyband named SMASH.
He was also a host of the variety program “100 points Out Of 100 (Oh My School)”.
And is now on of the MC’s of Mnet Countdown.
Ahn ChilHyun (안칠현), born October 10, 1979, better known by his stage name Kangta is a South Korean pop, R&B singer, first known as the lead singer the boy band H.O.T. (High-five of Teenagers).
He is an experienced songwriter and composer, having written over 100 songs for H.O.T.’s albums as well as for other groups and singers like NRG and Fly to the Sky. When H.O.T. disbanded in March 2001, Kangta surprised many people by becoming the first member to debut solo. He released his first solo album “Polaris”, which became a huge hit; it was followed by his second album “Pinetree” in 2002. His first solo concert took place in the summer of 2003.
Kangta was discovered at Lotte World, a theme park, when he was only 13 years old. He debuted as a back-up dancer together with Moon Hee Jun (another H.O.T. member) for singer Yoo Young-jin.
Kangta received several offers and has accepted a drama offer in China. In 2004, he starred in a drama called Magic Touch of Fate together with Taiwanese actors and actresses, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Kangta portrayed the role of the evil magician Jin-Xiu.
Soon afterwards, Kangta returned to Korea and released his much-awaited third album. In 2005, Kangta released “Persona”, which included tracks that were very different from his previous two albums. The main single of the album, “Persona” had a similar melody to Babyface‘s “The Loneliness”. Kangta surprised his fans when he said he wanted to become an actor. A month later, he starred in a KBS drama, Loveholic.
Kangta also acted in his second Chinese drama,Love In The City 2.
He also appeared in the film “Resurrection of the Little Match Girl”.
Lee JaeWon (이재원) ,born April 5, 1980, is a South Korean actor and singer. He was the youngest member of Korean groups H.O.T and JTL.
In 2005, Jae Won released his first solo album, “No Pain, No Gain”. The album received disappointing sales. In 2007, Jae Won released his second album Lee Jae Won Vol. 1.5 the single “I’m So Hot”. Again the album received disappointing sales too.
In 2009, Jae Won enlisted to fulfill his military duties. He was released on from the army on March 7, 2011.
Jaewon appeared in “Age of Peace” (2000), “Made for Man and Wife TV Series” (2004) and “Special of My Life TV Series” (2006).