Kim Jong-dae(born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage nameChen, is a South Korean singer active in the Chinese music industry. He is best known as the lead vocalistof the Mandopop group EXO-M, a subgroup of the Chinese-South Korean boy band EXO .

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 Chen's Life and career

1992–2011: Early life and career beginnings

Chen was born Kim Jong-dae on September 21, 1992 in South Korea. In 2011, he was cast into S.M. Entertainment through the company's annual casting system, the S.M. Casting System, and received consistent training in areas of singing, dancing, acting, and language. Within a few months, Chen was cast into EXO and was put into the group's Mandopop subgroup, EXO-M.

2012–present: EXO

In December 2011, S.M. Entertainment began introducing the twelve members of EXO through a series of teaser trailers that were being sporadically released from December 2011 to February 2012. Chen was the fourth member introduced, on December 29, 2011.Along with EXO-M members Lu Han , Tao , and EXO-K's Kai , Chen had his first televised performance at SBS 'sGayo Daejunevent on December 29.

EXO-M and their K-pop subgroup, EXO-K, released their prologue single " What Is Love ", on January 30, 2012. The group released their second prologue single " History " on March 9.They held their first pre-debut showcase in Seoul's Olympic Stadium on March 31, 2012, one hundred days after EXO debuted their first trailer on December 21, 2011.Approximately 3,000 fans from 8,000 applicants were selected to attend the showcase.The group held their second showcase and first press conference in the Great Hall of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing , China on April 1.

The group's official debut single " Mama " was released on April 8, followed by an EP ,Mama, on April 9.On April 8, EXO-M made their debut performance in China at the12th Yinyue Fengyun Bang Awards, performing "Mama.'

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 Chen's References

  1. EXO-M (2012-04-11) (in Mandarin Chinese). 韩国组合EXO-M做客《明星在线》 [Korea group EXO-M guests in Star On Line]. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  2. "EXO to debut four members at ‘2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’". Allkpop. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. "The Prologue Single II 'History' will be released on the 9th". S.M. Entertainment via Facebook. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. EXO (2012-04-06) (in Korean and Mandarin Chinese). EXO_SHOWCASE HD Full version Part 2_ENG. S.M. Entertainment via YouTube. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. "EXO debuts in front of 3000 fans". 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. "S.M.'s new group EXO first press conference in China" (in Chinese). 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  7. "The First Mini Album Title Song ‘MAMA’ of EXO-K and EXO-M will be Released Worldwide on the 8th at 00:00!".!/notes/smtown/the-first-mini-album-title-song-mama-of-exo-k-and-exo-m-will-be-released-worldwi/364494690260038. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  8. EXO to officially debut on April 9th with “MAMA”
  9. "EXO's "Mama" released". April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  10. ["" "EXO to debut on April 8, 2012"]. April 3, 2012. "". Retrieved April 3, 2012. 

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