Get to Know Former H.O.T’s Leader Tony Ahn: Profile, Love Life, Gambling Scandal, etc.

Meet The Famous Singer Turned Successful Businessman, Tony Ahn

Tony Ahn was a former member of first-generation Korean Boy Band H.O.T. After H.O.T disbanded, he formed a dance music group called JTL with Jang Woo-Hyuk and Lee Jae Won. He pursued a solo career after JTL disbanded.

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:
  • 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.

Solo Career

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.


Tony Ahn’s solo album details can be seen below.

Volume 1 – Believe

Release date: October 19th, 2004

Label: Yejeon Media


  1. Intro
  2. Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It
  3. Caught My Eye
  4. Request
  5. Being Left Alone
  6. Round and Round
  7. Blue Sky
  8. Somewhere Someone
  9. TKO Skit
  10. She Is The One
  11. How Can I
  12. Up Front
  13. Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It (Instrumental Version)

Volume 2 – Yutzpracachia’s Love

Release date: April 14th, 2006

Label: TN Nation Entertainment


  1. Yutzpracachia’s Love
  2. Yutzpracachia
  3. Aisha
  4. I Remember You .. I Love You
  5. I Am Sad
  6. Lady, Enough To Cry
  7. Player
  8. Someone I Like Because We’re Together
  9. To You, Who’s Probably Somewhere Listening to My Song
  10. Automatic
  11. She’s Walking to Me
  12. Waiting For Her In Me
  13. Behind The Clouds
  14. I am Sad (Instrumental Version)

Special Album: Untold Story

Release Date: June 1st, 2007

Publisher: Kakao M (Loen Entertainment)

CD Tracks:

  1. Freeway
  2. Melody
  3. Motnan Namja
  4. Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It (New arrangement Version)
  5. Absentmindedly
  6. Freeway (Instrumental Version)
  7. Motnan Namja (Instrumental Version)
  8. Motnan Namja (Orchestra Version)

Special Album: Look Blank

Release date: April 28th, 2008

Publisher: Kakao M (Loen Entertainment)


  1. Wallet
  2. Absentmindedly
  3. Thank Even Loneliness
  4. Wallet (Instrumental Version)
  5. Thank Even Loneliness (Instrumental Version)

Mini Album: I’m Tony An

Release date: July 4th, 2013


  1. Just Until Here
  2. On A Day Like Today
  3. With You
  4. Beautiful Girls
  5. Just Until Here (Instrumental Version)

Extended Plays

Title: Top Star

Release date: April 4th, 2011


  1. Top Star
  2. Thank U
  3. Trouble Maker
  4. Change
  5. I’m Going To Meet You Now
  6. Top Star (Instrumental Version)

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.