EXO (엑소) is a Seoul-based South Korean -Chinese boy band. The boy band originally debuted as a Twelve piece group back in 2012. Currently, the boy band consists of Nine members: Xiumin, Lay, Suho, Chen, Chanyeol, Baekhyun, Sehun, Kai, and D.O. The former members of the group were: Kris, Luhan, and Tao. Exo is known for performing and releasing music in Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese language. Their music incorporates pop, hip-hop, and RandB, with electronic dance music genres such as house and trap. During their news of upcoming debut news, EXO was garnered a lot of attention within South Korea and internationally. Many compared them to their fellow SM boy band TVXQ.
Exo was initially separated into two sub-groups: Exo-K (consisting of Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Kai, D.O., and Sehun) and Exo-M (consisting of Lay, Chen, Xiumin, and former members Kris, Luhan, and Tao). Exo-K and Exo-M performed music in Korean and Mandarin, respectively, until they released their third EP (Extended Play) Overdose in 2014. As of 2015, Exo has started to perform as one group while releasing and performing music in multiple languages. The group members have also debuted as Sub-Unit Exo-CBX with Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin in 2016 and sub-unit Exo-SC with members Sehun and Chanyeol in 2019. Each of the EXO members also maintains solo careers in music, television, and film.
The band has also been positioned as one of the main five most compelling big names on the Forbes Korea Force VIP list from 2014 to 2018 and has been named “Lords of K-pop” and the “Greatest boyband on the planet” by different news sources.
Exo has won various honors all through their vocation, including five back to back Collection of the Year grants at the Mnet Asian Music Grants and two successive Craftsman of the Year grants at the Melon Music Grants, and have performed more than 100 shows across four featuring visits and numerous joint visits. Outside of music, the musicians have underwriting manages brands like the Nature Republic and Samsung and takes part in magnanimous endeavors like Grin For U, a progressing project by SM Amusement and UNICEF that started in 2015
The future of a band is always unpredictable, no matter how famous they get. Earlier this year, the Kpop industry was left in shock with the news of G0T7 when they announced they would no longer be renewing their contract with their company JYP Entertainment. Similarly, earlier this month, EXO was in trend on social media worldwide, as there was a rumor circulating of them leaving their management company, SM Entertainment. The group’s fandom and fans, EXO-L, could not keep the sentiments to themselves and took various social media platforms to share their thoughts and views.
During the circulation of the rumor and the trending of hashtags on various social media platforms, well-known Korean publications like Dispatch Korea and Soompi covered reports about EXO leaving SM Entertainment. However, when you look at the websites now, the reports regarding the disbandment and their rumor leaving their company have already been deleted. As of now, EXO will no longer be leaving their management company SM Entertainment. On the contrary, they are doing many projects. One of them is Baekhyun’s recent release of the third mini-album named ‘Bambi.’ The album consists of six tracks.
You can check out the music video down below:
Even in the past, few group members have come forward to claim that they don’t intend to disband anytime soon. Suho has also confirmed, even if they start their own labels or join any other labels, the band would stick together and would do it as a group. Sehun also claimed that ‘even though the members have been together for business purpose, they were family no matter what.’
What have EXO members been up to?
In 2020 SM Entertainment announced that it would be a solo year for the members of K-pop group EXO due to several members enlistment in the military. Kai, Baekhyun, and Chen had time to shine respectively on their own.
Suho became the fourth member of the group to debut as a soloist with EP ‘Self Portrait, released on March 30, 202o, and peaked number One at the Gaon Album Chart. On May 14 of the same year, he enlisted in the military as a public service officer.
Beakhyun, on May 25, released an EP called ‘Delight’ featuring the lead single ‘Candy.’ ‘Delight’ made the history of the most pre-ordered album by a solo artist in South Korean History. He also held his first solo concert on January 3, 2021, which was broadcasted digitally through Beyond Live. A day after the concert, he also released ‘Get You Alone,’ the lead single from his Debut Japanese self-titled EP, released on January 21, 2021. He also released his third mini-album or EP ‘Bambi’ on March 30, 2021.
Lay released his third studio album, Lit, which was a two-part EP. The first part of the EP was released on June 1, while the second part of the EP was released on July 21. Lit went on to do really well, making Lay the best-selling artist in China in 2020. The album even reached number one on iTunes charts in twenty-one countries. Lay has also been busy filming for his drama “Challenges of Midlife.” Lay also released his fourth studio album, featuring the lead single ‘Joker’ on February 5, 2021, called Producer.
The sub-unit EXO-SC consisting of members Chanyeol and Sehun, released their first full album after their debut in 2019, 1 Billion Views. The album went on to debut atop on the Gaon Album Chart. It was also confirmed that Sehun would be making his big-screen acting debut in the movie ‘The Pirates: Goblin Flag.’ On March 14, 2021, his movie ‘Catman; was released in China, making it the first works to be released of a South Korean star after the restriction on the Korean Wave. As for Chanyeol, with ‘The Box’ movie, he made his Korean film debut, which premiered on March 18, 2021. He portrays a singer who can only sing while he is behind a box. The film follows him as a singer who encounters a washed-up music producer and breaks out of his shell. He sings a variety of song covers in the film, including English songs. The album’s official soundtrack will feature seven original songs and nineteen cover songs.
You can check out the trailer of the movie down below:
The music videos for the OST of the movie have been posted on the group’s official Youtube channel ‘EXO’ and the companies official channel ‘SMTOWN.’
Chen and Dynamic Duo collaborated on a new album, “You,” which was released on January 23, 2020. He released an original soundtrack for the drama Do You Like Brahms? in September, titled “Your Moonlight.” Chen released a digital single named “Hello” on October 16 before revealing his intention to enlist in the military. On October 26, he joined the army as a regular soldier.
On July 3, 2020, SM Entertainment revealed that Kai’s first solo album was actually in the works and would be released in the second half of 2020. He was revealed as the first-ever male muse of the cosmetics company Bobbi Brown on October 12. On November 1, Kai performed a music performance titled “Follow Your Secret Light” that merged K-pop and AR technology in the online showcase “TUCSON Beyond Drive,” a collaboration between Hyundai Motors and SM Entertainment.
Kai became the fifth Exo member to debut as a solo singer with his debut extended play Kai () and its lead single “Mmmh” on November 30.
Due to the military’s policy on COVID-19, Xiumin took his final military leave in November 2020 and did not return to the army; he was discharged on December 6.
D.O. was discharged on January 25, 2021, after taking his last military vacation leave in December 2020 and not returning to his base following army protocols about the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, he was cast as the male lead in Secret, a South Korean remake of the Taiwanese film of the same name. In the movie, he plays a piano-playing student.