H.O.T. (band)

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H.O.T.
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active
  • 1996–2001
  • 2018–present
LabelsSM Entertainment
Associated acts
Members

H.O.T. is a South Korean boy band that formed in 1996. They are thought of as the first K-pop idol group. Their formula became the model for many K-pop groups that have followed since.[1][2] The members are: Moon Hee-joon, Jang Woo-hyuk, Tony An, Kangta, and Lee Jae-won.[3]

H.O.T. was successful in South Korea, China, and Japan.[3][4] They were among the first stars of the Korean Wave in Asia.[5][4]

The group broke up in 2001 after a disagreement with SM Entertainment.[6][7] However, they later reunited in 2018.

Formation[change | change source]

H.O.T. was formed in 1996 by record producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment. Lee had done a survey of high school students to find out what their ideal pop group would be like. He used this information to create H.O.T.[3]

The first member to join was Kangta, who Lee discovered at an amusement park. Next to join were Moon Hee-joon and Lee Jae-won. The fourth to join was Jang Woo-hyuk who Lee found when he won first place in a dance contest. Finally, Tony An joined the group after an audition in Los Angeles.[3]

Career[change | change source]

1996–1997[change | change source]

H.O.T. made their first album in September 1996. It is called We Hate All Kinds of Violence and sold 1.5 million copies.[5] Their first single was "Descendants of Warriors" which was a criticism of bullying. Their second single, "Candy," was a cheerful bubblegum pop song.[5][8] That year, H.O.T. won Best New Artist at the Golden Disc Awards.[9]

In July 1997, H.O.T. released their second album. It has the title Wolf and Sheep, and sold 1 million copies in ten days.[10] The album included the singles "Wolf and Sheep," "Happiness," and "We Are the Future".[3] The album won the Grand Prize at both the 1997 Golden Disc Awards and the 1997 Seoul Music Awards.[9][11] The song "We Are the Future" was also nominated for an International Viewer's Choice Award at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.[3]

By this time, H.O.T. had become a "social sensation" in South Korea.[2] With their success came the rise of K-pop fan culture.[12]

In 1997, H.O.T. made their first Chinese album.[13]

1998[change | change source]

H.O.T. released their third album in September 1998. The title is Resurrection and it included a variety of styles. It had sold more than 1.1 million copies by the following year.[14][10] At the 1998 Seoul Music Awards, it was awarded the Grand Prize.[11]

Some accused the group of plagiarism as their song "Line Up!" was similar to a song by Rage Against the Machine.[10]

1999–2000[change | change source]

H.O.T. made greatest hits album in April 1999.[15] Then in June, they sang with Michael Jackson and S.E.S. at a concert in Seoul.[16]

In September 1999, H.O.T. released their fourth album. It had the title I Yah!.[17] The title track is about a 1999 fire that killed kindergarten students at the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.[18] The album sold more than 1.3 million copies.[19] That month, H.O.T. also became the first K-pop group to perform at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.[3]

2000[change | change source]

In February 2000, H.O.T. held their first concert in China. As a result they became popular in China. This inspired other South Korean groups to also hold concerts in China.[5]

In September they released their fifth called Outside Castle.[20]

That year, the group also starred in the sci-fi movie Age of Peace.[3] Despite H.O.T.'s popularity at the time, the movie was not a hit.[21]

2001: Disbandment[change | change source]

H.O.T. announced in May 2001 that the group would break up. The members told the public that this was due to a contract dispute with S.M. Entertainment.[22] In the following days, hundreds of fans protested outside of S.M. Entertainment. Some fans blocked roads and threw rocks at the company's windows.[6][7]

2018: Reunion[change | change source]

In February 2018, H.O.T. appeared as a group on the South Korean television show Infinite Challenge. This was their first appearance as a group since 2003.[23]

On October 13 and 14, the group held a reunion concert at the Seoul Olympic Main Stadium with 100,000 present.[24][25]

List of albums[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[26]
We Hate All Kinds of Violence N/A
Wolf and Sheep
  • Released: July 11, 1997
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
Resurrection
  • Released: September 24, 1998
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
12
I Yah!
  • Released: September 15, 1999
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
2
Outside Castle
  • Released: September 29, 2000
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download
1

Live albums[change | change source]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[26]
Greatest Hits:
Song Collection Live Album
  • Released: April 12, 1999
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
3
99 Live in Seoul
  • Released: January 6, 2000
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
4
H.O.T. Forever
  • Released: April 27, 2001
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette, digital download
6

Compilation albums[change | change source]

Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[26]
Age of Peace: The Original Soundtrack
  • Released: July 16, 2000
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
39

Singles[change | change source]

Title Year Album
"Warrior's Descendant" 1996 We Hate All Kinds of Violence
"Candy"
"Wolf and Sheep" 1997 Wolf and Sheep
"Full of Happiness"
"We Are the Future"
"Line Up!" 1998 Resurrection
"Hope"
"I Yah!" 1999 I Yah!
"Git It Up"
"It's Been Raining Since You Left Me"
"Outside Castle" 2000 Outside Castle
"We Can Do It"
"A Song For Lady"
Chart positions are not available for singles.

List of movies[change | change source]

  • Age of Peaces (2000)[35]

Concert and tours[change | change source]

  • 1998 - H.O.T. The 1st Concert, Olympic Gymnastics Arena
  • 1998.Feb.21 ~ Mar.31 - USA Live Tour, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Hawaii
  • 1999.Jan.22 ~ Feb.3 - H.O.T. The 2nd Concert, Seoul Sejong Center, Busan, Gwangju (65,400 attendees)
  • 1999.Sept.18 - 99 Live In Seoul, Seoul Olympic Main Stadium (45,000 attendees)
  • 2000.Feb.1 - 2000 H.O.T. Live Concert In Beijing (15,000 attendees)
  • 2001.Feb.27 - 2001 H.O.T. Live Concert - H.O.T. Forever, Seoul Olympic Main Stadium (80,000 attendees)
  • 2018.Oct.13 ~ 14 - 2018 Forever [High-five Of Teenagers] Concert, Seoul Olympic Main Stadium (100,000 attendees)
  • 2019.Sep.20 ~ 11 ~ 22 - 2019 [High-five Of Teenagers] NEXT MESSAGE Concert, Gocheok Sky Dome (60,000 attendees)

Awards[change | change source]

Golden Disc Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Recipient Result[9]
1996 Best New Artist H.O.T. Won
1997 Grand Prize (Daesang): Best Album Wolf and Sheep Won
Main Prize (Bonsang): Best Artist H.O.T. Won
1998 Won
1999 Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Recipient Result
1999 Best Popular Music Video (Daesang) "I Yah!"[36] Won
Best Group Won
Best Dance Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Director Hong Jong-ho for "I Yah!"[36] Won
2000 Best Popular Music Video (Daesang) "Outside Castle"[37][38] Won
Best Dance Performance Nominated
Best Male Group Nominated
2008 10th Anniversary Remember 1999 H.O.T.[39] Won

MTV Video Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Recipient Result
1998 International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Asia "We Are the Future"[3] Nominated
1999 International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Korea "Line Up!" Won

Seoul Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Recipient Result[11]
1997 Grand Prize (Daesang) H.O.T. Won
Main Prize (Bonsang) Won
1998 Grand Prize (Daesang) H.O.T. (shared with Sechs Kies) Won
Main Prize (Bonsang) H.O.T. Won
1999 Won

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