EXO (band)

엑소

Exo( Korean :엑소; stylized asEXO) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band based in Seoul . The band was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. It has nine members: Suho , Baekhyun , Chanyeol , D.O. , Kai , Sehun , Xiumin , Lay and Chen .Their music incorporates multiple traditional genres including pop , hip hop and R&B , alongside electronic dance music genres including house , trap and synth-pop .Exo releases and performs music in Korean , Mandarin and Japanese .The band ranked as one of the top-five most influential celebrities on theForbesKorea Power Celebrity list from 2014 to 2018 and have been named " the biggest boyband in the world " and the "Kings of K-pop" by media outlets.The band initially debuted with twelve members separated into two subgroups; Exo-K (Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun) and Exo-M (Xiumin, Lay, Chen and former members Kris , Luhan and Tao), performing music in Korean and Mandarin respectively, which continued until 2014.Exo has been active as a single group since then, while continuing to release and perform music in multiple languages. After the departures of Kris, Luhan and Tao amid legal battles in 2014 and 2015, the band continued with the remaining nine members.Since 2016, Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin, have also been active as a sub-unit named Exo-CBX , incorporating the initials of each member's stage name.All of the band's members also maintain solo careers in music, film and television.Exo's first albumXOXO(2013), which contains the breakthrough hit " Growl ", was a critical and commercial success, winning both Disc Daesang at the 28th Golden Disc Awards and Album of the Year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards . It sold over one million copies, making Exo the best-selling Korean artist in twelve years.Subsequent albums and EPs also had strong sales; its second albumExodus(2015) and third albumEx'Act(2016) both sold over one million copies each.These albums, along with Exo's third EPOverdose(2014), won Exo multiple awards including Disc Daesang at the 29th, 30th and 31st Golden Disc Awards,Album of the Year at the 16th, 17th and 18th Mnet Asian Music Awardsand the Daesang award at the 24th, 25th and 26th Seoul Music Awards .Its fourth albumThe War(2017) became the band's best-selling album to date, selling over 1.6 million copies in South Koreaand winning Exo a second consecutive Artist of the Year award at the 9th Melon Music Awardsand record fifth consecutive Album of the Year award at the 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards.The Waralso became their highest charting album on the USBillboard200 .Since Exo's first headlining tour in 2014, titled Exo from Exoplanet #1 – The Lost Planet , the band has performed over 100 concerts during four tours and has participated in multiple joint tours.Exo is also known for its work outside music, which includes endorsement deals with brands such as Nature Republic and Samsung , and philanthropic efforts such as "Smile for U", a joint SM Entertainment and UNICEF project that began in 2015, which Exo continues to participate in.