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Exo (Korean: 엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band from Seoul, which has nine members:

  • Xiumin
  • Suho
  • Lay
  • Baekhyun
  • Chen
  • Chanyeol
  • DO.
  • Quay
  • Sehun

The band was founded by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. Their music spans genres such as pop, hip-hop and R&B, as well as electronic dance music genres such as house, trap and synth-pop. Exo publishes and plays music in Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese.

The band was named one of the five most influential celebrities on Forbes' list of Korea Power Celebrities each year from 2014 to 2018 and was named the "World's Greatest Boy Band" and the "Kings of K-Pop" by the media. The band's fans' fandom name is EXO-L.

Exo Members Profiles and profiles of all members

Suho member profile

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Name: Suho (수호)
Birth name: Kim Jun Myeon (김준 면)
Chinese name: Jin Jun Mian (金 俊 綿)
Position: Leader, Lead Singer, Visual
Birthday: May 22, 1991
Star sign Gemini
Nationality: Korean
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Blood group: AB
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Sub-group: EXO-K

Suho Exo facts

- He lives in the Apujeong neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea.
- He has an older brother, Kim Dongkyu (4 years older).
- Education: Whimoon High School; Korea National University of Arts - Acting major; Kyung Hee Cyber ​​University (Major in Art, Department of Business Administration).
- They say he looks like Siwon from SUPER JUNIOR.
- He became an S&M trainee in 2006 when he was 16 years old.
- He says he is the best of all EXO members when it comes to talking.
- He's very polite and considerate.
- He speaks simple English.
- He loves to joke, but members say his jokes are not funny.
- He has the following talents: cycling, acting, playing golf.
- He's very close to Sehun. They have known each other for 12 years.
- He used to share a room with Sehun, but now they have separate rooms.
-Suho has been friends with Minho from SHINEE since college.
- He starred in the following films: “One Way Trip” (2016), “Student A” (2018).
- He starred in the Korean dramas: “To The Beautiful You” (2012- ep. 2 Cameo), “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama), “Prime Minister & I” (2013 - ep. 10- 11), “How Are You Bread” (2016), “The Universe's Star” (2017), “Rich Man” (2018).
- Suho's type is a girl with literary interests and long, straight hair.

Xiumin member profile

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Name: Xiumin (시우 민)
Birth name: Kim Min Seok (김민석)
Chinese name: Jin Min Shuo (金 珉 碩)
Position: sub-singer, sub-rapper
Birthday: March 26, 1990
Zodiac sign: Aries
Nationality: Korean
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Blood group: B
Hometown: Guri, Gyeonggi Province
Talents: Taekwondo, Kendo
Sub-group: EXO-M, EXO-CBX

Xiumin Exo facts

- Xiumin has a little sister whom he keeps a top secret.
- Education: Kwandong Catholic University
- He has been an SM trainee since 2008.
- He's got a slightly chubby face and a cute grin.
- His personality: nice, neat, sweet, funny.
- His nicknames are Bao Zi (bun), Mandoo, king of details.
- He's a good cook.
- He is good at taekwondo, fencing, kendo and soccer.
- Although his looks make him seem the youngest member, he is actually the oldest.
- He's the neatest, strongest, and cleanest member of EXO-M.
- He starred in the following web dramas: “Exo Next Door” (2015), “Falling for Challenge” (2015)
- In 2017, he became a regular cast on "It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets".
- On May 7, 2019, he enlisted in the military.
- Xiumin's type of woman: She is someone who can be hugged and comfort others.

Baekhyun Member Profile

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Name: Baekhyun (백현)
Birth name: Byun Baek Hyun (변 백현)
Chinese name: Bian Buo Xian (卞伯贤)
Position: lead singer
Birthday: May 6, 1992
Star sign Taurus
Nationality: Korean
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Blood group: O
Hometown: Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Talents: Hapkido, piano
Sub-band: EXO-K, EXO-CBX

Baekhyun Exo facts

- He has an older brother named Byun Baekbeom.
- Education: Kyung Hee Cyber ​​University (Department of Culture and Art Economics)
- He officially joined SM in 2011.
- His nickname is “Bacon”.
- Personality: He is a bright, happy, childlike person.
- He was in a relationship with Girls ’Generation’s Taeyeon (14 months).
- He can learn the choreography for a new song in a day.
- He doesn't like going out and instead prefers to play games in his spare time.
- His talents: Aikido, piano, listening to music, watching films, singing.
- One star he's close to is actor Lee Joon-Gi.
- He starred in Korean dramas: “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama), “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” (2016), “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama)
- On July 1st, 2018 he started his own fashion brand “Privé by BBH”.
- On July 10th, 2019 he made his debut as a solo artist with the song “UN Village”.
- Baekhyun's type: a woman with a lot of charm.

Chen Member Profile

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Name: Chen (첸)
Birth name: Kim Jong Dae (김종대)
Chinese name: Jin Zhong Da (金鐘 大)
Position: lead singer
Birthday: September 21, 1992
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Nationality: Korean
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Blood group: B
Hometown: Siheung, Gyeonggi Province
Sub-bands: EXO-M, EXO-CBX

Chen Exo facts

- He has an older brother.
- Education: Hanyang Cyber ​​University (MBA in Advertising Media).
- He has been a trainee at SM Entertainment since 2011.
- What he does best is singing high notes.
- In 2014 he joined “SM the Ballad”.
- He has a humorous and very playful personality.
- Even if he seems to be calm in some interviews, he is actually very hyperactive.
- He has a strong voice.
- His father is also a singer.
- Chen's English name is Matteo.
- He likes to joke and caress his colleagues.
- He speaks simple English.
- He was the last member to join EXO-M.
- He starred in “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama).
- Chen made his debut as a solo artist with “Beautiful Goodbye”.
- On January 13, 2020, SM Ent. Confirmed that he will marry his pregnant, non-celebrity girlfriend.
- On April 29, 2020, he and his current wife had their first child together, a little girl in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.
- Chen's type: is someone who is like a "noona": someone who would take good care of him.

Chanyeol Member Profile

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Name: Chanyeol (찬열)
Birth name: Park Chan Yeol (박찬열)
Chinese name: Piao can lie (朴燦烈)
Position: lead rapper, sub-singer, visual
Birthday: November 27, 1992
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Korean
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Blood group: A
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Talents: playing musical instruments (guitar, drum, bass, djembe), rap, acting
Sub-bands: EXO-K, EXO-SC

Chanyeol Exo Facts

- He has a sister, Park Yoo-ra, who is a newscaster (3 years older).
- Education: Kyung Hee Cyber ​​University (Department of Culture and Art Economics)
- He has been a trainee at SM Entertainment since 2008.
- He calls himself “Reversal Voice” because his baby face is contrasted by his deep, masculine voice.
- He's the one who designed the EXO hexagonal logo.
- He's always happy and bright.
- He's a romantic person.
- He speaks simple English.
- He has a habit of following rhythms with his hands.
- Chanyeol confessed that of the EXO members, he cries the most.
- He dreams of being in a relationship with someone who loves to cook.
- He played in the films “Salut d’Amour” (2015), “So I Married an Anti-fan” (2016)
- He starred in the Korean dramas: “To The Beautiful You” (2012-ep. 2 Cameo), “Royal Villa” (2013-ep. 2 Cameo), “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama), “Missing Nine” (2017), “Memories of the Alhambra” (2018)
- Chanyeol's type: is someone who is sweet, sincere and smiles a lot.

DO. Member profile

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Name: OFFICIAL NAME (디오)
Birth name: Do Kyung Soo (도경수)
Chinese name: Du Qing Zhu (度 慶 洙)
Position: lead singer
Birthday: January 12, 1993
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Korean
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 51 kg
Blood group: A
Hometown: Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Talents: singing, beatboxing, acting
Sub-band: EXO-K

DO. Exo facts

- He has an older brother, Do Seungsoo.
- Education: Baekseok High School
- He has been an SM trainee since 2010.
- Personality: calm, behaves like a mother towards the other members, sentimental, considerate
- He loves to cook and mostly cooks for the members.
- D.O. can speak basic english.
- He has a habit of humming songs.
- He's obsessed with cleaning. He's always tidy and likes to sort things by color, brand and type.
- He's shy of strangers.
- He starred in the Korean films: “Cart” (2014), “Unforgettable” (2016), “Along Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017), “Room No.7” (2017), “Swing Kids ”(2018)
- He played in Korean dramas: “To The Beautiful You” (2012- ep. 2 Cameo), “It's Ok, This is Love” (2014), “Hello Monster” (2015- ep. 1-2), “ Exo Next Door ”(2015, web drama),“ 100 Days My Prince ”(2018)
- S.M Ent. confirmed that D.O. Is drafted into the military on July 1, 2019.
- D.O.’s type is a girl who is friendly and eats well.

Kai Member Profile

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Name: Kai (카이)
Birth name: Kim Jong In (김종인)
Chinese name: Jin Zhong Ren (金鐘仁)
Position: lead dancer, sub-rapper, sub-singer, visual
Birthday: January 14, 1994
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Korean
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Blood group: A
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Talents: dance (ballet, jazz, hip-hop, popping, rocking)
Sub-band: EXO-K

Kai Exo facts

- Has 2 older sisters (one 9 years older and another 5 years older).
- Education: Seoul Performing Arts School.
- Personality: Kind, calm, shy and very gentle.
- Of all the members, Kai has the greatest temperament.
- He became an SM trainee in 2007 when he was 13 years old.
- He has a habit of biting his lip a lot.
- He loves to play video games.
- He is friends with SHINee’s Taemin, BTS’s Jimin, VIXX’s Ravi and HOTSHOT’s Sungwoon.
- Kai was in a relationship with Krystal from f (x) from March 2016 to May 2017.
- He says that as long as people love him, he will give this love back twice as much.
- He starred in the Korean dramas: “To The Beautiful You” (2012-ep. 2 Cameo), “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama), “Choco Bank” (2016, web drama), “ First Seven Kisses ”(2016, web drama),“ Andante ”(2017),“ Miracle That We Met ”(2018)
- He starred in the Japanese drama “Spring Has Come” (2018)
- Kai ranks 51st in the TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
- On January 1, 2019, it was revealed that Kai is dating Jennie from Black Pink.
- On January 25, 2019, SM Ent. Confirmed that Kai and Jennie had split up to focus on their personal careers.
- Kai's guy is like Han Yeseul.

Sehun member profile

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Name: Sehun (세훈)
Birth name: Oh Se Hunne (오세훈)
Chinese name: Wu Shi Xun (吳世勛)
Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Visual, Maknae
Birthday: April 12, 1994
Zodiac sign: Aries
Nationality: Korean
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Blood group: O
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Talents: dancing, acting
Sub-bands: EXO-K, EXO-SC

Sehun Exo facts

- He has an older brother (3 years older)
- Education: Seoul Performing Arts School
- He became an SM trainee in 2008 when he was 14 years old.
- He has a habit of sticking his tongue out.
- His personality is shy.
- He's not really good at pronouncing the letter S.
- His favorite foods are meat and sushi.
- He's really close to Suho. They have known each other for 9 years.
- He used to share a room with Suho. Sehun and Suho recently revealed that they are no longer roommates, they now have separate rooms.
- He starred in the Korean dramas: “To The Beautiful You” (2012-ep 2-cameo), “Royal Villa” (2013-ep 2-cameo), “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama), "Secret Queen Makers" (2018)
- Sehun can be seen regularly on the variety show “Busted”.
- Sehun is in 15th place in the TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
- Sehun's type: is a friendly woman.

Inactive members of Exo

Lay profile

Name: layman (레이)
Birth name: Zhang Jiashuai
Position: lead dancer, sub-singer, sub-rapper
Birthday: October 7, 1991
Zodiac sign: Libra
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Blood group: A
Nationality: Chinese
Hometown: Changsha, Hunan, China
Sub-unit: EXO-M
Talents: guitar, dancing, piano

Lay Exo facts

- He's an only child.
- He used to be a child star in China.
- Education: Hunan University High School
- He became an SM trainee in 2008 at the age of 16.
- He speaks Chinese, Korean and English.
- He should actually be the leader of EXO-M.
- He's pretty naughty, but he's also very funny sometimes.
- His favorite foods are junk food.
- One star he's got close to recently is Leo (VIXX).
- He set up his own charity foundation called "Zhang Yixing Arts Scholarship".
- Lay did not take part in a few comebacks with “KoKoBop” promotions at EXO because there were conflicts with his promotion plan in China.
- Lay is an ambassador for Perrier in China, Valentino, Huawei Nova, Milka and Converse.
- He starred in “Exo Next Door” (2015, web drama).
- Lay is ranked 18th in the TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
- Due to his busy schedule in China, he is not participating in the current promotions.
- Lay’s type: is someone who is sweet and childlike.

Former members of Exo

Kris profile

Name: Kris (크리스)
Birth name: Li Jiaheng, but his name was changed to Wu Yifan (吴亦 凡)
Position: Lead-Rapper, Leader (EXO-M)
Birthday: November 6, 1990
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Height: 187.8 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Blood group: O
Nationality: Chinese-Canadian
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Talents: languages ​​and basketball
Sub-band: EXO-M

Kris Exo facts

- He was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
- Kris ’maiden name is Li Jiaheng and his name was changed to Wu Yifan for personal reasons.
- He is fluent in 4 languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean
- He's very social and can talk to anyone.
- On May 15, 2014, Kris filed a lawsuit against SM seeking termination of his contract and left EXO.
- Kris ranks 75th on TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
- Kris (Wu Fan) type of woman is someone who is friendly, can cook, is childlike and can take care of people.

Luhan's profile

Name: Luhan (루한)
Birth name: Lu Han (鹿 晗)
Position: lead singer, lead dancer, visual, face of the group
Birthday: April 20, 1990
Star sign Taurus
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Blood group: O
Nationality: Chinese
Hometown: Beijing Haidian, China
Talents: Soccer, Rubix Cube
Sub-band: EXO-M

Luhan Exo facts

- He was born in Haidian District, Beijing, China
- He auditioned at JYP Entertainment but was not accepted.
- He likes girls who are reserved and calm.
- He likes simple clothes
- His interests are animation, art, video games, computers, water sports, nature sports, basketball, baseball, soccer, music, concerts / clubs, television, animals, traveling, singing and Rubix Cube
- On October 10, 2014, Lu Han filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment demanding that his contract be terminated and left EXO.
- On October 8, 2017, Luhan announced on his Weibo website that he was dating actress Guan Xiaotong.
- Luhan is ranked 59th in the TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
- Luhan's type is someone who is reserved and calm.

Tao profile

Name: Tao (타오)
Chinese name: Huang Zitao (黄子韬)
Nickname: Peach, Kung Fu Panda
Birthday: May 2, 1993
Star sign Taurus
Position: lead rapper, lead dancer, sub-singer
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Blood group: AB
Nationality: Chinese
Hometown: Qingdao, China
Talents: Martial Arts
Sub-band: EXO-M

Tao Exo facts

- He was born in Qingdao, Shandong, China.
- He loves the color blue, western food, basketball and black cats
- His favorite genres of music are hip-hop and R&B
- He is a very emotional and sensitive person who can handle his own feelings well.
- When Tao first became a trainee, he couldn't speak Korean or English, so he originally had to live with her manager to learn Korean.
- On August 24, 2015, he filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment one.
- On April 28, 2017, it was announced that he had lost the lawsuit against SM.
- On October 27, 2017, it was reported that the Seoul court had made its final decision in favor of SM.
- Tao appealed, but on March 15, 2018, the court dismissed Tao's appeal, so he must continue his exclusive contract with SM Entertainment.
- Tao's type is someone who is pretty and has a nice body and personality.

Career

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history

In 2011, SM Entertainment CEO Lee Soo-man revealed his plans to form a new boy band that would be split into two subgroups. After several changes of members in December 2011, the name of the group as Exo, derived from the word “Exoplanet”, was finally determined.

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News of an upcoming debut for SM Entertainment attracted widespread media coverage within South Korea and internationally, with many comparing Exo to SM boy band TVXQ. It was also reported that Exo would be competing with a new girl group from rival YG Entertainment.

2006–2012: Formation and the first years

Exo-K's leader, Suho, was the first member to join SM Entertainment in 2006. The following year Kai sang at the SM Youth Best Contest with the support of his father; he won and got a contract.

Chanyeol, who took second place in a Smart Model Contest, and Sehun, who completed four auditions within two years, were the next members to become trainees in 2008.

2010 Exo-Ks sang D.O. at his casting and eventually got a contract. The last Exo-K member to become a trainee was Baekhyun, who joined through SM Entertainment's casting system in 2011 and trained for about a year before debuting. Kris auditioned for Exo-M in Canada in 2008 before moving to South Korea for training.

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That same year, Lay auditioned in Changsha, China, and then moved to South Korea, while Xiumin and his friend went to an audition and came in second. In 2010, Luhan was scouted and cast by SM Entertainment in Seoul, while Tao was scouted on a talent show.

The last member to join Exo-M was Chen, who attended the casting in 2011. The band's first televised appearance was on December 29, 2011 at the annual SBS Gayo Daejeon event.

Exo-K and Exo-M debuted with the single "Mama" on April 8, 2012, followed by the EP Mama on April 9. The two sub-bands promoted the album separately from each other; Exo-K performed on the South Korean music program The Music Trend, while Exo-M performed at the Top Chinese Music Awards in Shenzhen on the same day.

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The Korean version of the EP reached number 1 on the South Korean Gaon album chart and number 8 on the Billboard World Albums chart, while the Mandarin version reached number 2 on the Chinese Sina album chart and number 1 on various Chinese streaming media Platforms landed. Prior to debut, Exo released two singles titled "What Is Love" and "History", which landed at # 88 and 68 on the Gaon Digital Chart and # six on the Sina Music Chart. In 2012 Exo was named Best New Asian Group at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and a Newcomer at the Golden Disc Awards.

2013–2014: commercial success

The group's first studio album, XOXO, was released on June 3, 2013 in two versions: one in Korean and one in Mandarin. In contrast to the EP Mama, for which Exo-K and Exo-M organized separate promotions, XOXO was mainly promoted jointly in South Korea.

Exo recorded the album's lead single "Wolf" together, but the rest of the album tracks were recorded separately. A new version of the album, entitled Growl, was released on August 5, 2013 with three additional tracks. The new single "Growl" reached number three on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100. All versions of XOXO sold over a million copies, making Exo the first South Korean artist to reach this milestone in 12 years.

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In December of that year Exo released a second EP, Miracles in December, as a special winter album with the single of the same name. Prior to release, the group promoted the album through their first reality show, Exo’s Showtime, which premiered on November 28, 2013 on MBC Every 1 cable channel.

Following their 2013 releases, Exo won Song of the Year at the Melon Music Awards for “Growl” and Album of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for XOXO and Daesang at the Seoul Music Awards. In addition, Exo-M received the Most Popular Group Award at the Top Chinese Music Awards 2013.

Exo's third EP, Overdose, was released on May 7, 2014. The album was originally due to be released on April 21, but has been postponed. Overdose was advertised similarly to Mama, with Exo-K being advertised in South Korea and Exo-M being advertised primarily in China. The album had more than 660,000 pre-orders, making it the highest-order Korean EP in history.

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The Korean edition also reached number two on the Billboard World Albums chart and number 129 on the Billboard 200, making Exo the top-ranked Korean male group on the charts at the time.

Overdose became the best-selling release of 2014 in South Korea and was the first EP to top the annual charts and win the Album of the Year award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. On December 22nd, Exo released their first live album, Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet.

On May 15, 2014, Kris filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract, alleging that SM was disregarding his health, negotiating unfair profit distributions, restricting his freedom and treating him more like a product than a person.

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On May 24th the group started their first headlining tour "Exo from Exoplanet 1 - The Lost Planet". The tickets for the concert were sold out in 1.47 seconds. Exo broke the record for the fastest sold-out concert by a Korean artist. On October 10, Luhan also filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract. He cited health problems and claimed that he was treated differently from the Korean band members.

2015: criticism

On March 7, 2015 Exo started their second world tour “Exoplanet 2 - The Exo’luxion” with 70,000 visitors on five evenings in the Olympic gymnastics arena in Seoul. On March 30, 2015, the group released their second studio album Exodus in both Korean and Mandarin versions.

Domestic pre-orders for the album exceeded 500,000 copies within 24 hours, setting a new record for pre-orders. The lead single "Call Me Baby" was released prematurely on March 27th as versions of the song were leaked online.

The music videos were released four days later; the Korean version later became the most viewed K-pop music video of the first half of 2015. The album topped the Gaon album charts for four consecutive weeks, selling over a million copies.

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Exodus was named Album of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2015, making Exo its third consecutive win. In April 2015, Exodus peaked at # 95 on the US Billboard 200, making it the top Korean artist on the charts. Exo also debuted on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 98, making it the first K-pop group and the second largest Korean artist on the charts.

Tao filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment on August 24th as the third member to terminate its contract. This followed after Tao's father's social media postings on the Chinese social network Weibo earlier this year expressing his wish that his son step out of the group and return to China due to health problems and a lack of support for individual career development should.

SM responded to his lawsuit with a statement: “Our company plans to do everything in our power to respond legally in both Korea and China. We also plan to take legal action to respond to Tao's illegal actions ”.

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Exo released a new version of Exodus on June 3, 2015, called Love Me Right. Due to Tao's absence, the nine-member group promoted the song. In October of the same year, Exo was the first artist to hold a dome concert in South Korea; it was called “Exo - Love Concert in Dome” and took place in the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.

On November 4, 2015, Exo released their Japanese debut single Love Me Right. On the day it was released, the album sold 147,000 copies and topped the Oricon charts. Five days later, Exo released a special single called "Lightsaber" to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens before its release in South Korea, as part of a collaboration between SM Entertainment and Walt Disney.

On December 10th, Exo released its second winter special and fourth EP Sing for You, which included the singles "Sing for You" and "Unfair". The album sold 267,900 copies in its first week, breaking the record for most first week sales by a Korean artist.

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“Unfair” was also the first K-pop song to appear on Apple Music's “Best of the Week” playlist, and Exo was the first Korean band to appear on the platform's homepage. A portion of the profit from the album was donated to the UNICEF “Smile For U” campaign to support the musical education of children in Asia.

2016-2017: Worldwide success

On January 5, 2016, SM Entertainment won one of its counterclaims against Tao. The company sued Tao for failing to pay the company compensation after he left.

SM released an official statement stating: “SM has ongoing lawsuits against Exo members Wu Yifan (Kris), Luhan and Tao for violating their exclusive contracts and participating in illegal actions in China. Among these lawsuits, SM filed a lawsuit against Tao for failing to reimburse the damage incurred. A court in Qingdao, China ruled that Tao SM Entertainment must pay damages and interest ”.

Exo's third studio album Ex’Act and the singles “Lucky One” and “Monster” were released on June 9, 2016 in both Korean and Mandarin versions. Domestic pre-orders for the album exceeded 660,000 copies, making it the highest-order K-pop album of all time at the time.

The album broke the record for the most first week sales of a Korean album previously set by the fourth EP Sing For You. “Monster” became Exo's first number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart, and “Lucky One” debuted at number three.

On August 18, 2016, a new edition of the album called Lotto was released, which contained four new songs, including the single of the same name. Lotto was Exo's second number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart and number two on the Gaon Digital Chart.

Within two months of its original release, Ex’Act sold over 1.17 million copies, becoming Exo's third album to sell over a million copies.

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On July 21, the contractual disputes between Kris and Luhan and SM Entertainment were resolved. The two sides came to an agreement during their third judicial arbitration; the previous two took place in September 2015 and June 2016, when the court settled the case with a recommendation for reconciliation. The singers will keep their contracts with SM until 2022. SM is rewarded for their work outside of Korea and Japan.

Kris and Luhan's Chinese agencies will share the associated revenue with SM for activities outside of Korea and Japan (where SM has exclusive rights under the contract) as SM technically has management for its non-Korean-Japanese operations until 2022, when their contracts with SM expire.

On July 22nd, Exo started the third headlining tour “Exoplanet 3 - The Exo’rdium” with a record of six consecutive concerts. On May 28, 2017, the tour ended with the second of two consecutive concerts at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, the largest stadium in South Korea with an estimated maximum capacity of 100,000 seats.

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The tickets for the first date went on sale on April 12th and were sold out within 20 minutes.As a result of the tour, the total number of concerts of the band rose to over 100.

In June, Lay announced he would not participate in the band's next album and would instead focus on his acting career. On December 7th, Exo released the second Japanese single "Coming Over". With over 158,000 copies sold, it peaked at number two on the Oricon weekly charts and became the band's second Japanese single to go platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

In 2016, the group's members continued to spend time pushing their solo careers. On January 7th, Baekhyun released “Dream,” a collaboration with popular South Korean singer Suzy. The single was very popular and won, among other things, the award for the best cooperation at the 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards.

On October 31st, Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin made their debut as the group's first sub-band, Exo-CBX, which is a combination of the first letter of each member's stage name.

Exo-CBX released their debut EP Hey Mama! and the music video for the single of the same name on October 31. The EP was a success with over 293,897 copies sold. By 2018 they have released two EPs in Korean and two EPs in Japanese.

Lay debuted as a solo artist in May 2016 with the release of “Monodrama” through the SM Station project. The song was a success in China and was number one on the Billboard China V chart for four weeks in a row. On October 28th, Lay released his debut EP Lose Control. It was a commercial success, breaking several Guinness world records and debuting at number 1 on the South Korean Gaon album chart.

In 2016, he also starred in The Mystic Nine, a television show in China that reached over 12 billion viewers online. All other members have also pursued solo activities in a variety of industries including music, film, television, and theater.

Exo-CBX debuted in Japan on May 24, 2017 with the release of an EP titled Girls, which followed the release of a short version of the music video for the lead single, "Ka-CHING!" This followed at the end of April. The EP sold over 60,000 copies in Japan within a month of its release.

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Exo's fourth studio album The War was released on July 18, 2017. The album had 807,235 pre-orders, surpassing the band's own record of 660,000 for Ex’Act. The lead single "Ko Ko Ko Bop" debuted at number 1 on the Melon Digital Chart, making Exo the first K-pop group to debut at number 1 on February 27, 2017 after the chart changes.

Once released, the album had the highest first week sales of any K-pop album. It debuted at number 87 on the Billboard 200, number 1 on the Billboard World Albums chart, and on many other charts around the world - a first for Exo.

On August 29th, Exo was named in the 2018 edition of Guinness World Records as the winner of the Most Daesang Awards (Grand Prize) at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Exo started their third world tour “Exoplanet # 4 - The EℓyXiOn” with three consecutive concerts at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, which began on November 24th. By November 30th, Korean sales of The War had reportedly hit nearly 1.6 million copies, making the album the best-selling exo record at the time.

In early December, Exo announced the fourth winter special and sixth EP, Universe. Originally the release was planned for December 21st, but was delayed to December 26th due to the death of label colleague Jonghyun.

2018-present: International recognition

On January 16, 2018, “Power” became the first K-pop song to be played at The Dubai Fountain on Burj Khalifa Lake in Dubai. Seven members of the group traveled to Dubai to see the first performance.

On January 31, Exo released the first Japanese studio album Countdown. The album debuted at number one on the weekly Oricon charts and sold around 89,000 copies. This success made Exo the first non-Japanese band whose debut single and debut studio album both reached number one on the weekly Oricon charts. Ten days after its release, on February 9th, Countdown was awarded gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

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Exo performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on February 25 - as a representative of K-Pop. Before the performance, Baekhyun sang the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee on February 5

The band's performance attracted worldwide media interest and praise. Two-time Russian Olympic silver medalist and world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva also caught media attention for her support for Exo.

In April 2018, the Korean Mint Corporation issued official commemorative medals for Exo, honoring the group for their contribution to spreading Korean culture around the world. The nine medals, each commemorating a member of the group, were unveiled at a ceremony in Seoul. In October 2018, Lay made his US debut with his third solo album Namanana.

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Exo's sixth studio album, Don't Mess Up My Tempo, was released on November 2nd, 2018. All nine Exo members were represented on Don’t Mess Up My Tempo - the group’s first publication since Lotto in 2016.

The album received 1,104,617 pre-orders, surpassing the group's own previous record. As of November 30th, 1,179,997 copies have been sold. Love Shot was released on December 13th. The lead single, also titled "Love Shot," became Exo's third number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and held that position for three weeks in a row. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo sold 1,951,879 copies in South Korea in 2018 and is Exo's best-selling album.

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Chen was the second Exo member to debut as a soloist with his debut EP. The album peaked at number two on the Gaon Albums Chart and number three on the Billboard World Albums Chart.

Xiumin enrolled for compulsory military service as a soldier on active duty on May 7, 2019.

DO. enlisted on July 1st as a soldier on active duty.

Baekhyun made his debut as the group's third soloist with the release of his EP City Lights on July 10th. City Lights sold over 500,000 copies in July 2019, breaking the Gaon chart's record for the most monthly album sales by a solo artist.

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The album peaked at number four on the Billboard World Albums and Heatseekers Albums charts. Chanyeol and Sehun made their debut as Exo's second official sub-band, Exo-SC, and released their first EP, What a Life, on July 22nd; the duo released “We Young” for SM Station X 0 in September 2018.

What a Life debuted at number eight on the World Albums chart and at number ten on the Heatseekers charts. Chen released his second EP, Dear My Dear, on October 1st. The album reached number one on the Gaon album charts. Exo then went on its fifth tour, Exo Planet 5 - The Exploration, with six dates in Seoul from July 19-28.

Exo's seventh studio album, Obsession, was released on November 27, 2019.

Suho was the fourth Exo member to debut as a soloist with his debut EP Self-Portrait, released on March 30, 2020.

Self-Portrait sold over 200,000 copies in March 2020 and peaked at number one on the Gaon album charts. Suho was drafted into the military as a civil service officer on May 14.

Influence of exo

With the release of their first studio album in 2013, Exo became the first South Korean band in 12 years to sell more than a million copies of an album.

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Exo have also contributed significantly to the financial success of their management agency, SM Entertainment. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Sm Entertainment recorded the largest quarterly profit of any South Korean entertainment company with $ 13.4 million. The highest-grossing SM artist was Exo, with 31% of total sales of $ 188 million in the fourth quarter.

Exo have been described as "the greatest boy band in the world". They have gained immense popularity in South Korea and were named by Forbes on the Korea Power Celebrity list as South Korea's Most Powerful Celebrities for 2015 and 2016, in the top five for 2014, 2017 and 2018, and in the top ten for 2019.

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They have received a number of honorable nicknames like “Kings of K-Pop” from international magazines like Vogue, Metro, PageOne and more. The South Korean media also called them “Nation’s pick” and “Global pick”.

Exo are widely valued as a prominent force focused on the rise and spread of Korean pop culture around the world. When Bustle magazine debated the importance of Exo in a global context, it described it as "the ultimate K-Pop sensation" and said, "There is really nothing like Exo".

The group has received further attention because they released almost all of their studio albums in Korean and Mandarin at the same time. Vulture described Exo as "the leader of a K-pop generation".

In April 2018, Forbes described Exo as a band alongside BTS that scores on social media with dramatic performances. Both bands exceeded the reach of American artists such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.

Exo's work has influenced numerous artists including MVP, Kim Dong-han, NCT 127, Wanna One, and Kang Daniel.

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Sources: KProfiles, Naver, DKDKTV, Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exo_(band)

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