H.O.T – South Korean k-pop, dance, hip-hop band
H.O.T. was formed in 1996 by SM Entertainment. The lineup includes five members, Jang Woo-hyuk, Tony An, Moon Hee-joon, Kangta, and Lee Jae-won. The group is considered one of the founders of the popular South Korean music genre, k-pop.
The idea to create a boy band belongs to the label’s founder and producer Lee Soo-man. Lee took a serious approach to the group’s formation. He polled high-school students to find out how they see their ideal pop-band. The first member to be included in the lineup was Kangta. He was performing in an amusement park where Soo-man accidently saw him. After Kangta, Moon Hee-joon and Lee Jae-won joined the group. The fourth member was Jang Woo-hyuk. The producer noticed him when the young man was performing in a dance contest. The last member, Tony An, went through auditions in Los Angeles.
H.O.T made an impressive debut in the music world in September 1996 with the release of the debut LP, We Hate All Kinds of Violence. Singles "Descendants of Warriors" and "Candy" became hits. They were written to conquer the audience of teenagers, who gave it the highest scores. The LP sold 1.5 million copies. It also brought the group a prestigious prize at Golden Disc Awards for Best New Artist. After that, many organizers tried to book H.O.T. for private events.