He regained his popularity from the younger Korean generation with the SBS hit variety show My Ugly Duckling. In earlier episodes of the show, he was portrayed as a heavy drinker, a lazy and a messy person. His room was dirty, disorganized and filled with empty alcohol bottles. Tony Ahn owns several companies including garment and music Entertainment Company. Nowadays, he is famous as part of the cast of a popular TV program and a K-Pop talent promoter. Channel-Korea will provide you with a rundown of everything about Tony Ahn, former leader of H.O.T, so stay tuned!
Tony Ahn’s Profile
Tony Ahn is a South Korean Singer and prominent leader of the first-generation Korean boy band, H.O.T. Birth Name: Ahn Seung-Ho Date of Birth: June 7th, 1978 Zodiac: Gemini Height: 175 cm Weight: 57 kg Blood Type: O Hobbies: Basketball, Driving Place of Origin: Seoul, South Korea Genres: K-Pop, R&B, Dance Occupation: Singer, songwriter, music producer, composer, CEO Label: TN Nation Entertainment Official website: www.tonyan.co.kr Instagram: tntonyan
Facts About Tony Ahn
Tony Ahn debuted in SM Entertainment management and later pursued a solo career establishing his own label TN Nation Entertainment. He enrolled in Dongguk University and majored in stage performance. He got his bachelor degree in 2003. He and JTL were ridiculed for not having talent or skill in singing and performing. He found out that his deteriorating health was due to years of constant smoking and drinking through a health examination during filming My Ugly Duckling. He was diagnosed with a 7-millimeter cyst in his kidney and his liver somatic index was abnormal due to chronic drinking. He is also the CEO of a music Entertainment Company, school uniform company, and an undergarment company.
Tony in H.O.T
H.O.T, an acronym for Highfive Of Teenagers, was a South Korean boy band that was formed by SM Entertainment in 1996. Tony Ahn joined H.O.T after auditioning in Los Angeles. H.O.T consisted of five members: Moon Hee Joon, Jang Woo Hyuk, Tony Ahn, Kangta, and Lee Jae Won. The group was a success in Korea, Japan, and China and is considered to be the start of the Korean K-Pop wave. In May 2001, Tony Ahn, Lee Jae Won, and Jang Woo Hyuk left SM Entertainment due to a disagreement over the new contract. It was reported that the group members received only $10.000 for every million albums they sold. Kangta and Moon Hee Joon remained in SM Entertainment as solo artists.
Tony in jtL
After H.O.T was disbanded, Tony Ahn, Lee Jae Won, and Jang Woo Hyuk formed a dance music trio called jtL and signed under Yejeon Media. jtL debuted in 2001 with their first album Enter The Dragon. Their first single titled “A Better Day” was a cover of the same-titled song by the Norwegian band Multicyde. jtL received criticism because all three members lack vocal and performance skills and the group success was mediocre. Tony Ahn claimed that promoting jtL was difficult and that jtL songs were blocked from various entertainment broadcasts by previous employer SM Entertainment. jtL was famous outside of Korea, especially in China where they performed during the closing of Shanghai F1 Grand Prix. The group won the Favorite Artist of Korea award at the 2003 MTV Asia Awards.
Three years after jtL’s debut, Tony Ahn decided to pursue a solo career. His first album, Believe, was completed in collaboration with international artists and producers, such as Jamie Jones of ALL4One, Japanese producer Murayama Shinichi, and Johan Gunnarsson. In 2007, he released a music video “Singing the Melody” from his special album Untold Story. The album offered a combination of punk, dance, and rock sounds. Albums Tony Ahn’s solo album details can be seen below. Volume 1 – Believe Release date: October 19th, 2004 Label: Yejeon Media Tracks: Volume 2 – Yutzpracachia’s Love Release date: April 14th, 2006 Label: TN Nation Entertainment Tracks: Special Album: Untold Story Release Date: June 1st, 2007 Publisher: Kakao M (Loen Entertainment) CD Tracks: Special Album: Look Blank Release date: April 28th, 2008 Publisher: Kakao M (Loen Entertainment) Tracks: Mini Album: I’m Tony An Release date: July 4th, 2013 Tracks: Extended Plays Title: Top Star Release date: April 4th, 2011 Tracks:
His Company, TN Nation Entertainment
Tony Ahn established his own label company, TN Nation Entertainment in 2004. The company is a subsidiary of IokCompany and based in Yeoksam Dong, Gangnam, Seoul. Several artists have signed under his label company among which Tony Ahn himself, H.O.T and jtL member Lee Jae Won, Sechs Kies member Kim Jae Duck, boy band SMASH, a capella girl group Awe5omeBaby. TN Nation Entertainment promoted a boy band named SMASH who released a song titled “Emergency” in 2008. Tony Ahn helped Yoo Ho Suk, former Click-B member, to debut as an actor by appearing in a drama. Yoo Ho Suk, also known as Evan, participated in the KBS drama Crime Squad. TN Nation Entertainment signed and helped girl group Awe5omebaby to debut with the song “Why Should I” via KBS Music Bank in July 2015. The girl group disbanded in December 2016.