Since we are huge fans of K-Pop, we cannot pass without mentioning Teen Top. It’s a Korean band with a lot of promise for the future of the Music industry. They are already doing really good in Korea currently, but we definitely need to bring them here in Europe. We really want them to be at the Top. They have so much talent and they are all so cute, that it would be a shame to not welcome them here in Europe. With their songs and their dances, they are giving so many emotions on stage. They can sing really well, and dance beautifully as well. It’s the pop kind of songs like we already knew it from 10 years ago, when you see Teen Top, at first, you cannot help but thinking about the best boys band ever, the Backstreet Boys. After listening to their songs, you can really enjoy their own style and being in love with their music. A lot of people will say, they are prefabricated, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have the talent. On the contrary, they have tons of it! Even if they have been put together, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it, it is way more than that! When the members of a band are talented and they can bring the emotions to all the songs they are singing, it is the most important thing, we cannot ask for more! And Teen Top is definitely one of those bands, with a lot of talent, a lot of love and a lot of fun! They deserve to be recognized just for that reason and because we are pretty sure, they can make a difference in this world in spreading their beautiful songs. So be ready for Teen Top!
Teen Top is composed by 6 members, CAP, Chunji, L. Joe, Niel, Ricky and Changjo. Want to know more about them, well let us give you our impressions! CAP and L. Joe are the rappers of this band, they are really talented, CAP is more the real hip-hop kind, he is rapping a bit harder than L. Joe, who is softer in his way to rap, and he has that sweet voice which surprises you. They have also a lot of charisma. Chunji and Niel are the singers of the band, they are singing like angels and they can give you the chills every time they open their mouths. They are the most charismatic members of the band. Chunji has a more powerful voice and he is able to sing some very high notes which astonishes you all the time. Niel is sweeter, but with such a beautiful voice, like he got his voice from heaven and is able to get you in the clouds just by listening to him. When you mix those two voices, it’s just like you are going to heaven for a little visit! How sweet of them to give us this opportunity! Changjo and Ricky are mostly the dancing boys; they are the ones who are doing dance improvisations and they are really good at that. Changjo is especially very talented and give us some really good moves. Ricky is more able to give us a sweet touch to all the songs, just with his childish smile.
As for their personalities, it’s not that we know a lot, but we can still give you some clues to be able to know them a bit better. Let’s start with the older one, CAP. He might look a bit cold, but in fact, he is just a bit reserved and the most mature of the band, that’s also why he is the leader. Still he is handsome, he has a sweet smile and he is taking his big brother role very seriously. His role model is Eminem. We can totally notice it in his way of rapping and with a bit more of practice, he could definitely be as good as his role model. Next, we have the good looking Chunji, he doesn’t have only a beautiful voice, he is also very charming. He has a big ego and is not afraid to speak out what he is thinking, even if it can be a bit harsh. He is really ambitious and much attached to Teen Top and the other members. He is the most sensitive of the band, which is really sweet to see! He is always joyful, smiling all the time, and we can say he has an irresistible smile. The bad boy L. Joe, you might at first ask how can he be the bad boy of the band, because he is really shy, and has a very sweet smile, always blushing and being embarrassed. But in fact, he is hiding his true personality very well. Even if he is really shy, behind it, you can find a bad side, you don’t want to wake up the beast who is sleeping. He is the most mysterious one of the band; you never know what he is really thinking. Let’s pass to Niel who is shining on stage as much as Chunji but he is the cutest. He really looks like an angel, and he can surely charm everybody with his beautiful smiles and showing a shy side. But actually, he is not shy at all and he is hiding a bad side as well especially when his competition spirit is coming out, the halo can fall down really quickly! Still he is just so sweet that you forget very quickly that he is not always an angel. He is also really funny and makes some really weird faces, just for our own happiness. He is the one that talks the most in the band but we don’t really mind because it’s a pure joy to hear his sweet voice. Ricky who is not the youngest one but still considered like it because of his childish face. He is the sweetest, he has a childish smile and his attitude is also like that, always the first one to play around, he also can be mature especially on stage where he is always very serious. Everyone is considering him like the little brother. He can also do a lot of stupid things and you cannot help but laugh and get caught by his sweetness. The last one, Changjo, who is actually the youngest one, had a very good evolution, he is now way better looking than before. He is really reserved and doesn’t talk much, so we don’t know a lot about him. Nevertheless, he is not without interest, really serious about what he wants and always trying to be the best when it comes to his skills. He is also teasing the others but always in a funny and kind way. But we can say for his own sake that if we don’t hear him so much, it’s because Niel and Ricky are not letting the others talk that much. Still, Changjo has a lot of charm and he can use it well. When they are all together, they are always teasing each other, but without being mean, we can see there’s friendship between them, they don’t take themselves too seriously and love to do stupid things. That’s what we like about them, always a funny word or a funny face! You will definitely like them all if you take the time to listen to them, but whoever will be your favourite, it will never be a bad choice since they are all charming with different personalities, it’s also why it makes Teen Top so interesting!
Now let’s talk about music, they released just a few Mini albums but there’s not one song you cannot like. It’s a bit complicated to give you a real discography since in Asia, they are doing Maxi singles and mini albums, which is the same for us in Europe but we are going to try to be clear enough. The first Maxi single they released, in 2010, was “come into the world” with the song “Clap” which is also their first video clip. “Clap” is already a very good song, very energetic and their dance is really cool. In 2011, they released a second Maxi single with the songs “Supa luv” and “Angel”, “Supa luv” has this android concept, and the dance is as amazing as the song, you start to really get into Teen Top just by listening to this song. “Angel” is a song they made for their fans, because their fans are called “Angels”, it’s a soft song with a lot of emotions and this is just beautiful. Following this single, they released a mini album “Roman”, still in 2011, “No more perfume on you”, “Beautiful girl” and “The back of my hand brushes against” are the most known songs. It’s an album with softer songs, a bit mid-tempo, but all wonderful songs, and it’s a pleasure to listen to this album. In 2012, they were pretty active, they released a first mini album “It’s” with the successful songs “Crazy” and “Girlfriend”, they definitely improved in their way to sing and to dance, it seems like they are finding their style and we really like it. Followed by the mini album “Artist”, once again two beautiful songs are offered to us, “To you” and “Baby U”, those two songs are simply wonderful and you definitely want to see the dance of “To you” which is the most sensual dance we’ve ever seen, what a pleasure for the eyes! The last release done this year was for the song “Be ma girl”, where they show us once again their great talent in singing and dancing, this song is really catchy and powerful. Of course, they are singing love, it’s a boys band and it’s pop, so we cannot expect a different subject in the songs for the moment, they are also still very young. But they can already make it in their own style. For example, they sing songs which are talking about having a relationship with an older woman. that brought them a new category of fans and their popularity is definitely increasing more and more.
On stage, they are definitely shining and giving a lot of emotions. Good for us, in Korea they make a lot of shows of all kind; the diversity, there, is really amazing. So we can see a lot of different performances for each song. They still need to get a bit more practice and start to relax a bit without being afraid to do different moves from time to time, but they are young and they have time to grow. What’s the most important is that you can ask Niel, Chunji, L. Joe or CAP to sing whenever you want and they are able to give an a capella where you can see how talented they are. For Changjo and Ricky, you can just ask for a little dance improvisation, they will gladly do it. They always have a lot to give and a lot to share with their fans. We definitely want to have them doing a concert in Europe because they are really worth it!
When they have interviews they are always doing it in a good mood, relaxed and always end up doing something funny. Anyway, the Koreans seem to be pretty good in doing Funny interviews which is always interesting to watch. They really care about the opinion of their fans and they give them a lot of love in trying to be as accessible as they can. Even if it’s not always easy with their busy schedule. Even interviews are becoming interesting with them, and anyway just to see Niel doing weird faces, Chunji giving us his irresistible smiles and L. Joe showing his shy side, it’s worth watching them!
What can we say more for you to go and check them? They are promising in a lot of ways and you don’t want to miss this amazing Korean band, we think that they are the future of Pop music. We hope you will make the effort to listen to them and give them a chance to seduce you as much as they seduced us!
Text by Virginia Clinberghe