EXO (band)


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.

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 EXO (band)'s History

2006–2012: Formation and debut

Exo at SM Town Live World Tour III in Singapore in November 2012

were the next members to become trainees in 2008. In 2010, Exo-K's D.O. sang for his audition and was eventually offered a contract.The last member of Exo-K to become a trainee was Baekhyun , who joined in 2011 through S.M. Casting System and trained for approximately one year before debut. For Exo-M, Kris auditioned at Canada's Global Audition in 2008 before moving to South Korea for training. That year, Lay auditioned at Changsha and subsequently moved to South Korea, while Xiumin went for the audition with his friend and won second place.In 2010, Luhan was scouted by a company's representative in Myeong-dong and passed the audition, while Tao was scouted at a talent show. The last member to join Exo-M was Chen , who took part in the Casting System in 2011 at the age of 19.

in December 2011, the group finalized its name as Exo, taken from the word "exoplanet". They are divided into two subgroups, Exo-K ('K' for Korean) for South Korea and Exo-M ('M' for Mandarin) for China. The band's first televised performance was at Seoul Broadcasting System 's (SBS) annualGayo Daejunevent on December 29, 2011.

and at number eight on theBillboardWorld Albums Chart.The Mandarin version ofMamareached number two on China's Sina Album Chart and at number one on Chinese streaming websites. Prior to its debut, Exo released two prologue singles titled " What Is Love " and "History"; the former peaked at number 88 on South Korea's Gaon Single Chart while the latter peaked at number 68 on the Gaon Single Chart and at number six on China's Sina Music Chart.Exo was awarded Best New Asian Group at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Newcomer Award at the Golden Disc Awards . In addition, Exo-M received the Most Popular Group Award at the 2013 Top Chinese Music Awards .

2013–2014: Commercial success, first headlining tour, Kris' and Luhan's lawsuits

Exo with South Korean President, Park Geun-hye in China on June 28, 2013

Billboard 'sKorea K-Pop Hot 100and at number two on the Gaon Singles chart. All versions ofXOXOhave collectively sold over one million copies, which made Exo the first Korean musical act to sell over a million copies of one album in twelve years and breaking the record for being the fastest-selling K-pop act.XOXOwas the best selling album of 2013 in South Korea, winning Disc Daesang at the Golden Disc Awardsand Album of the Year at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards .In December 2013, Exo released a second EP,Miracles in Decemberas a special winter album through South Korean commercial outlets and online music stores.Prior to the release, the group promoted the album through their first reality showExo's Showtime, which premiered on November 28, 2013 on the cable channel MBC Every 1 .

Exo at the 16th Mnet Asian Music Awards in December 2014

The Korean edition also peaked at number two onBillboard's World Albums Chart, and number 129 on theBillboard200 , making Exo the highest charting Korean male group act on theBillboard200 at that time.Overdosebecame the best selling album in South Korea of 2014 and was the first EP to top the yearly charts and win the Album of the Year Award at Mnet Asian Music Awards .By the end of 2014, Exo was Japan's best-selling K-pop artist of the year.

S.M. Entertainment announced that Exo would continue working with 10 members.

2015: Critical acclaim, Tao's lawsuit and Japanese debut

From left to right: D.O , Lay , and Kai at the 24th Seoul Music Awards in January 2015

Exoduseventually sold over a million copies and is the group's second album afterXOXOto do so. It was named Album of the Year at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards , making this the third consecutive win in this category for the group since 2013. In May 2015, Exo broke the record onBillboardas the highest-ranking Korean artist, peaking at 90th place.Exo also entered the CanadianBillboardHot 100 chart at number 98, making them the first K-pop group and second Korean artist to chart there.

, titledLove Me Right, on June 3, 2015. This edition contains the original tracks fromExodusand four new songs, including the single " Love Me Right ".Due to Tao's absence, the group promoted the song as nine members. The group became the first artist to hold a dome concert in South Korea; it was called "Exo - Love Concert in Dome" and occurred at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul to promote the lead single.A separate tour titled " Exo Planet 2 – The Exo'luxion " was also held with the remaining nine members.

Sing for You ,containing the two singles " Sing for You " and " Unfair ". The album broke the record for the highest first-week sales for a Korean artist by selling 267,900 copies in its first week. "Unfair" also became the first K-pop song to be featured in the "best of the week" playlist by Apple Music , while Exo became the first Korean artist to appear on the Apple Music homepage.Part of the profits from the album was reportedly donated to UNICEF 's "Smile For U" campaign to support the musical education of children in Asia.Near the end of 2015, prominent South Korean entertainment industry leaders ranked Exo at number seven, the highest of any K-pop artist, in the top ten pop culture leaders of 2015.

2016–2017: Solo endeavors and worldwide success

Exo atEx'actpress conference June 2016

On August 18, 2016, a repackaged edition ofEx'ActtitledLottowas released; it contained the original tracks fromEx'Actand four new songs including the single of the same name." Lotto " became Exo's second number one on theBillboardWorld Digital Songs Chart and peaked at number two on Gaon's Digital Chart.Lotto's Korean and Chinese versions reached number one and two respectively on Gaon's Album Chart.Within two months of its original release,Ex'Acthad sold over 1.17 million copies, honoring Exo with the title of "Triple Million Sellers".

Exo atExo'rdiumin Bangkok, September 2016

It reached number two on the weekly Oricon Chart, selling over 158,000 copies and becoming the band's second Japanese single album to receive a Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan .Exo's third winter album and fifth extended playFor Lifewas released on December 19.The band did not engage in promotions for the album or its single " For Life " which, as of 2017, had sold over 442,000 copies.

The name is a combination of the first letter from each member's stage name and as of 2018, they have released two EPs in Korean and two EPs in Japanese.On October 28, Lay debuted his first of two solo EP in Mandarin following his work in Chinese television, which includedThe Mystic Nine, which has drawn over 12 billion views online.All of the other members also pursued solo activities in music, film, television and theater.

, titledThe War: The Power of Music, was released; it contains the original tracks fromThe Warand three new songs, including the single " Power ".On September 14, "Power" recorded the highest score of all time onM Countdownwith 11,000 points, making Exo the first artist to achieve a perfect score after the system changes were implemented in June 2015. The win also marked their 100th win on music shows.On October 19, Exo announced its third world tour, " Exo Planet #4 – The EℓyXiOn ", which started with three concerts in Seoul's Gocheok Sky Dome on November 24–26, 2017.It was announced on November 4 via Exo's Japanese website that Exo would release their first full-length Japanese studio album titledCountdownon January 24, 2018.A short version of the music video for the lead single " Electric Kiss " was released on December 6.It was also announced thatCountdownwould feature 10 songs, including previously released and new songs.As of November 30, Korean sales ofThe Warreportedly reached 1,592,792, making it Exo's best selling album to date and earning them the title of "Quadruple Million Seller".In early December, Exo announced its fourth winter album and sixth extended play, titledUniverse. It was originally due for release on December 21 but was delayed until December 26 because of the death of label-mate, Jonghyun .

2018–present: Winter Olympics and international recognition

Exo with the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in , Ivanka Trump and CL at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February 2018

Countdown; its release was originally planned for January 24 but was delayed for a week.The album debuted at number one on the weekly Oricon chart, selling approximately 89,000 copies. This made Exo the first non-Japanese band whose debut single album and studio album both reached number one on the weekly Oricon chart.Ten days after its release, on February 9,Countdownwas certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

In March 2018, the Korean Mint Corporation announced it would create official commemorative medals for Exo, honoring the band for its contribution to the global spread of Korean culture as representatives of K-pop.The nine medals, one commemorating each member, were unveiled on April 18 at a ceremony in Seoul.

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 EXO (band)'s Artistry


Billboardapplauded the band's single "Universe", from the 2017 seven-track winter EP of the same name, saying, "with soaring, emotive vocals, courtesy of the Exo members,Universeis a power ballad that showcases the group’s strengths".

Many of Exo's songs—especially the singles, which feature genres like hip hop, disco and funk, with an electronic, pop twist—are produced with performance in mind.


In the following years, Exo has released multiple songs with lyrics by the band's members, including "Heaven" and "She's Dreaming" from of the third albumEx'Actand its repackaged versionLotto, the special promotional single " Lightsaber " and most notably, the award-winning single "Ko Ko Bop" along with "Touch It", "Chill" and "Sweet Lies", which were released in 2017 on the fourth albumThe Warand its repackaged versionPower.

andLay 02 Sheep.He also wrote and composed his 2015 SM Station single " Monodrama ".In December 2017, he releasedWinter Special Gift, containing only songs written and composed by himself, including both the Chinese and English versions of the single "Goodbye Christmas".


admired the band's "seamless ... knife-point choreography", saying it has put Exo "at the forefront of pop domination".A recurring stage element during the world tours has been the use of water in the form of rain and shallow pools.Cleosaid Exo's "winning formula" in the incorporation of water into the choreography, saying "there was water cascading from above during 'White Noise' and 'Lightsaber]]' which saw some of the members getting drenched".Yahoowrote that "during one segment, the boys stood on an elevated hexagon-shaped stage (modeled after of the band's logo), and danced sensually while water rained down on them from above".

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 EXO (band)'s Legacy

magazine described it as "The Ultimate K-Pop Sensation", saying "there's really nothing quite like Exo".Exo has received further attention by releasing almost all of its studio albums in both Korean and Mandarin simultaneously.Vulture.commagazine described Exo as "leaders of a K-pop generation" when describing the band's ability to release music in Korean and Chinese markets while continuing to impress in the United States onBillboardcharts and with arena tours.Dazedconsidered Exo's success in this regard as having become "a continent-straddling pop juggernaut".

.In 2017, Exo became a "Quadruple Million Seller", meaning the band has sold over one million copies each of four albums.

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 EXO (band)'s Other_ventures


This was followed in recent years by the "Green Nature EXO Fan Festival" in 2017 and 2018; both concert-style events hosted by Nature Republic with thousands of attendees.

In 2016, Exo became an ambassador for American footwear company Skechers , endorsing the D'Lites 2 Sweet Monster Collection. This partnership has extended to events such as the 2017 Sweet Monster K-Pop Dance Competition hosted bySketchers, which Exo members Chanyeol and Sehun attended.Also in 2016, Exo became the official face of the Spring 2016 collection of international clothing brand SPAO, which included limited-edition postcards and posters for customers.

KFC,MCM,Pepero,Lotte World,Goobne Chicken, andHats On.Exo has shown strong brand power with successful endorsements.In July 2018, Exo were appointed as Korean Tourism Ambassadors for 2018 by the Korean Tourism Organisation ; involving Exo appearing in a series of promotional advertisements designed to "promote Korea to the world".


In July 2014, Samsung announced Exo as its brand ambassador for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics .

Members Kai and Sehun also participated in photograph sessions for the campaign.

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 EXO (band)'s Awards_and_nominations

Since then, Exo has won over 100 music program awards, becoming the second artist to do so after Girls' Generation .

Daesang awards are the most significant awards given in the Korean music industry.

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 EXO (band)'s Lawsuits

S.M. Entertainment responded to his legal actions with a statement: "Our company plans to use everything in our power including both Korean and Chinese legal professionals and partners to respond legally both in Korea and China in a multi-faceted manner. We also plan to take legal steps to respond to Tao's illegal promotions and actions."

SM Entertainment would contract out their work outside Korea and Japan; i.e., Kris and Luhan's Chinese agencies will "share related revenues" with SM Entertainment for activities anywhere but Korea and Japan (where SM Entertainment has exclusive rights per their contract) because SM Entertainment is technically "contract[ing] out management" for its non-Korean/Japanese activities until 2022, when their contracts with SM Entertainment expire.

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 EXO (band)'s Discography

Korean albums

Japanese albums

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 EXO (band)'s Tours

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 EXO (band)'s Filmography

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 EXO (band)'s Footnotes

  1. ^abTao suspended his activities in April 2015, and is subsequently in a lawsuit against SM Entertainment since August 24, 2015.

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 EXO (band)'s References

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