Huang Zitao( Chinese :黃子韜, born 2 May 1993), better known asTao, is a Chinese rapper, singer-songwriter, model and actor. He is a former member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO . In 2015, he made his solo debut with the mini-albumT.A.O, under the new stage nameZ.Tao.

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 Tao EXO 's Early life

In late 2010 he was scouted by a representative from SM Entertainment at a talent show.

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 Tao EXO 's Music career

2011–2015: EXO and lawsuit against SM Entertainmentedit

On December 27, 2011, Huang was formally introduced as the third member of EXO (with the stage name Tao).

In late 2013, Huang took part in filming for MBC 's celebrity diving programSplash!, but withdrew due to reported injuries.

Rewind, which he penned the rap lyrics to;and appeared as a cast member of the Solomon Islands edition of the SBS reality television programLaws of the Junglein 2014. He left the show early due to a foot injury on a coral reef during filming.

However, the Supreme Court dismissed Huang's appeal on March 15, 2018. The exclusive contract between SM Entertainment and Huang is still valid.

2015–present: Solo career and mainstream popularityedit

The music video for "Crown" was presented in the style of a 7-minute short film, directed by Nick Lentz and featuring Jessica Gomes .Huang performed the stunts and martial arts sequences for the action scenes in the music video.Huang held his first solo performance at the Beijing Exhibition Center Theater on August 23, as part of a benefit concert for those affected by the Tianjin explosions.

I'm the Sovereign, Huang composed and released the single "I'm the Sovereign".The song topped China's Billboard chart for the week of December 5, 2015.

The Roadwas released on August 22 was sold with 8888 pieces limited edition. After one minute of pre-sale opening, the sale profit reached 500k rmb; and the album reached number one on the sale charts.At the end of 2016, Huang won the Most Influential Male Singer award at the Tencent Star Awards.

He embarked on his first Asia Tour,Promisewhich kick-start in Beijing on April 30; and also released a single of the same name.

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 Tao EXO 's Acting career

alongside Huang Xiaoming and Yang Mi . The film was released on May 1, 2015.

directed by Ding Sheng , alongside Jackie Chan .

A Chinese Odyssey: Love You A Million Years, adapted from the filmA Chinese Odyssey.The series garnered over 5 billion views online during its run.In September, Huang was cast in the music-themed youth dramaThe Brightest Star in the Sky, in which he also served as the music director.In November, he was announced as one of the two leads in action dramaYan Shi Fan: New Youthalongside Jackson Yi .

, a spin-off of the 2016 hit dramaThe Interpreter.

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 Tao EXO 's Endorsements

becoming the first Asian artist invited to collaborate with LOEWE.


, and attended the press conference forSugar Phone S11.

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 Tao EXO 's Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum DetailsPeak Chart PositionsSalesRef.
V Chart

The Road
  • Released: Aug 22, 2016
  • Label: Huang Zitao Studio
  • Format: 2 CDs + DVD (Limited Edition), digital download
Track listing
  1. The Road
  2. Hello, Hello (feat.Wiz Khalifa)
  3. Black White (AB)
  4. Underground King
  5. Adore
  6. 十九歲 (19)
  7. Mystery Girl
  8. New Day
  9. T.A.O
  10. 皇冠 (Imperial Crown)
  11. One Heart
  12. 舍不得 (Reluctantly)
  13. Cinderella Girl
  14. 我是大主宰 (I'm the Sovereign)
  15. Feel Awake
  16. M.O.M
  17. Alone
  18. Yesterday
  • CHN: 8888 (Limited Edition)
  • CHN: 500 000+
  • TW: 5000 (Limited Edition)

"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays

TitleAlbum DetailsPeak Chart PositionsSales
V Chart

  • Released: July 23, 2015
  • Label: Huang Zitao Studio
  • Format: Digital download
Track listing
  1. One Heart
  2. Yesterday
  • Released: August 19, 2015
  • Label: Huang Zitao Studio
  • Format: Digital download
Track listing
  1. Cinderella Girl
  2. Feel Awake
  3. Alone
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Single albums

TitleAlbum DetailsPeak Chart PositionsSalesRef.
V Chart

  • Released: June 5, 2016
  • Label: Huang Zitao Studio
Track listing
  1. Adore
  • CHN: 36,310+
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


TitleYearPeak Chart PositionsAlbumRef.
CCTV Music Chart

2015 - - -T.A.O
"Yesterday" - 1 -
"皇冠 (Crown)" - - - Z.TAO
- - -Digital Single
"舍不得 (Reluctantly)" - - -
"Intro (Vox Up)" - - -
"The Road"2016 2 - -The Road
- 1 -
"Hello Hello"(featuringWiz Khalifa) 2 - -
2 - -
2017 - - -
"Promise" 10 - 2
- - 2
- - 2
13 - 1
2018 14 - 1
- - 1
"Beggar (Daryl K Remix)" - - 1 Theme Song for EDC China 2018
"Misunderstand (误会)"
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances

TitleYearPeak Chart PositionsAlbumRef.
2015 - - - - First Lesson of School -
"我是大主宰 (I'm the Sovereign)" 1 - - - I'm the Sovereign
2016 3 1 1 - Edge of Innocence OST
2017 13 - - 1 The Foreigner OST
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist

2014Zhou MiRewind "Love Tonight"Rap Lyrics
"Rewind (Chinese Version)"

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 Tao EXO 's Songwriting

2014 "Rewind"(Chinese Version)Rewind Green tickY(with Zhou Mi, Zhou Weijie)
"Love Tonight" Green tickY(with Zhou Mi)
2015 "T.A.O"T.A.O Green tickY(with Chen Hongyu)
"One Heart" Green tickY
"Yesterday" Green tickY
"M.O.M" The Road Green tickY Green tickY
"皇冠 (Crown)Z.TAO Green tickY(with Osamu)
"Cinderella Girl" Green tickY Green tickY(with Palace Court)
"Alone" Green tickY Green tickY
“Intro (Vox Up)" Green tickY Green tickY
"舍不得 (Reluctantly)"The Road Green tickY Green tickY
"我是大主宰 (I'm the Sovereign)" Green tickY(with Wang Yunyun) Green tickY(with Palace Court)
2016 "The Road" Green tickY Green tickY
"Underground King" Green tickY Green tickY
"Hello, Hello" Green tickY(with DarylK, Kenn Miel, Wiz Khalifa)
"十九岁 (19)" Green tickY(with Wang Yunyun)
"Black White (AB)" Green tickY Green tickY
2017 "New Day" Green tickY Green tickY
"Promise" Green tickY Green tickY
"Collateral Love" Green tickY Green tickY
"揭穿 (Uncover)" Green tickY Green tickY
"還來得及 (Time)" Green tickY Green tickY
“想成为你 (You)" Green tickY(with Wang Yunyun) Green tickY
2018 "Beggar" Green tickY Green tickY
"HATER" Green tickY Green tickY

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 Tao EXO 's Filmography


YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2015 You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 William
2016 Railroad Tigers 铁道飞虎 Dai Ha
2017 The Game Changer 游戏规则 Fang Jie
Edge of Innocence 夏天十九岁的肖像 Kang Qiao

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2015 Exo Next Door fictional version of himself
2017 A Chinese Odyssey: Love You A Million Years 大话西游之爱你一万年 Zhi Zunbao Web series
2018 The Negotiator 谈判官 Xie Xiaofei
The Brightest Star in the Sky 夜空中最闪亮的星 Zheng Boxu
TBA Yan Shi Fan: New Youth 艳势番之新青年 Chong Liming
The Files of Teenagers in the Concession 租界少年热血档案

Variety show

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2015-2016 Charming Daddy 闪亮的爸爸Cast member
2016 Law of The Jungle 我们的法则
Takes a Real Man 真正男子汉
2018 Street Dance of China 这就是街舞
Produce 101 创造101 Nation's producer Presenter

Music videos

"Rewind"Zhou Mi(Feat. ZTao) (Chinese Version)2014
"Do You Know"(Remake;Jo Sung-mo)
"皇冠 (Imperial Crown)"
"捨不得 (Reluctantly)"
"我是大主宰 (I'm the Sovereign)"
"The Road"2016
"Hello Hello"(feat.Wiz Khalifa)
"Black White (AB)"
"Beggar" 2018

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 Tao EXO 's Concerts and tours


  • Z.Tao Promise Concert Tour (2017)
  • Z.Tao 2018 IS GOØD Concert Tour (2018)

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 Tao EXO 's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2015 Migu Music Awards Best Stage PerformanceN/AWon
2016 Mobile Video FestivalMost Influential Male SingerN/AWon
Tencent Video Star AwardsN/AWon
Weibo Night Awards Most Popular SingerN/AWon
2017 The 5th V Chart AwardsAll Round Artist of the YearN/AWon
17th Top Chinese Music AwardsN/AWon
Asian Music Gala Top 10 Songs "New Day"Won

Music program awardsedit

Global Chinese Music
2016 May 21 "Underground King"

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 Tao EXO 's References

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