Korean artist T.O.P has revealed his future music plans.

In an exclusive interview with Prestige Hong Kong magazine, the artist has announce plans for a solo album. As first reported by the publication, rapper Choi Seung Hyun — better known as T.O.P of the Korean music juggernaut BIGBANG — has broken his five year silence and disappearance from the public eye.

In the exclusive interview, he reveals his love for art and music, his new-found passion for changing perceptions of mental health and his future plans — including the release of his debut solo album. The announcement came over Instagram, with both Prestige Hong Kong and the rapper himself sharing a preview with the hashtag #TOPISBACK:


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A debut solo album is the first announced project for T.O.P, following the news earlier this month that the artist will be ending his 16-year exclusive contract with YG Entertainment.

BIGBANG, the original Korean pop music phenom, is widely credited for having paved the way for so much of the “Korean Wave” that is dominating pop culture worldwide, from Squid Game to Parasite to Crash Landing on You. It may surprise some fans to learn that in his career with BIGBANG, the rapper never released a full solo project of his own.

Here’s how you can pre-order a copy of Prestige Hong Kong’s March issue.

(Lead Photo: Jerome Favre/Getty Images)

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong

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