Exo (엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band that consists of nine members: Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun. The band is based in South Korea and was formed by SM Entertainment.
Early time of EXO (엑소)
The CEO of SM Entertainment, Lee Soo-man, thought of debuting a new boy band. After that, several members were changed, and finally, the group’s name was fixed to be EXO.
The first member to join SM Entertainment was Exo’s leader, Suho, who joined the band in 2006. After that, gradually other band members started joining the band and finally the band was formed.
While their debut, the South Korean-Chinese band had 12 members, but three Kris, Luhan, and Tao left the group after legal battles in 2015 and 2016.
The band was compared to fellow SM boy band TVQX when the news about their debut was revealed. Moreover, it was also said that they would compete with a new girl group from rival YG Entertainment.
Journey of EXO (엑소)
Exo made its debut in 2012 with its music released and performed in Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. The band also ranked as one of the top five most influential celebrities of the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity.
The band has completed a long journey with its nine members composing and performing world-class and superhit songs. During its professional journey, Exo has also been divided into two sub-units, namely Exo-CBX and Exo-SC.
This was the first sub-unit of the band and was formed in October 2016. Exo-CBX is also known as Chen-Baek-Xi, and it is composed of three members: Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin.
This sub-unit has composed one studio album named 1 Billion Views (2020) and one extended play, What a Life, released in 2019.
This sub-unit was formed as the group’s second unit in July 2019, and it consists of two members: Sehun Chanyeol.
The band is considered the vocal powerhouse in the K-Pop industry, and the three lead singers D.O., Chen, and Baekhyun have received praise on social media from a lot of industry figures.
The band released many blockbuster songs throughout their career journey, including Love Shot, Ko Ko Bop, The Eve, Growl, Monster, Wolf, Electric Kiss, Lucky One, Love Me Right Way, and there are many more on the list.
Moreover, this band has also composed four Korean and Chinese albums such as XOXO (2013), Exodus (2015), Ex’Act (2016), and The War (2017)
The group has also worked with veteran Korean and international producers such as Kenzie, Dean, LDN Noise, The Underdogs, and MARZ Music.
Exo had to face a lot of criticisms in the early stage of their career because they lacked involvement in the writing and producing of their songs.
After that, the band members started to write their lyrics. Finally, in 2015, they released their first song, and the writing credit was given to one of the group members.
The band has also been praised for its beautiful choreography and elaborate stage designs. At the beginning of their careers, Exo was choreographed by American hip hop choreographers Tony Testa and Nicholas Bass.
The South Korean-Chinese band has also appeared in several Reality TV Shows such as Exo’s Showtime (2013), XOXO Exo (2014), SurpLines Exo (2015), Exo Channel (2015), Exo Arcade (2018), Heart 4 U (2019), etc.
Moreover, all the band members have also appeared in a drama titled Exo Next Door, released in 2015.
Awards & Achievements
Exo has won a lot of awards throughout its career, both in South Korea and internationally. However, the band earned their first-ever music show win in June 2013 for the song titled Wolf.
Moreover, Exo has received 23 Daesang (grand prizes) awards from various year-end award shows. Also, the band has received a Prime Minister Commendation at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.
EXO’s Social Media Prencense
The South Korean-Chinese band is active on social media platforms, including Instagram and Twitter. In addition, This boy band keeps providing every update about their band members through their social media accounts.
The band has an official Instagram account under the username weareone.exo, where the band has shared 1870 posts and more than 9.4 million people follow this band on Instagram.
Moreover, this band is also active on Twitter, with a total of 12.1 million followers. Thus, the fans and supporters of this band can get to know even the most minor details about the band and its members.
Facts About EXO (엑소)
- Sehun, one of the members of Exo, loves to pull pranks on his band mates.
- Baekhyun loves to play cards and he is a genius in card games.
- All the members of the band love ketchup.
- Baekhyun is also known to be against animal abuse and is an avid animal lover.
- Luhan loves to imitate Kai’s dancing, specially during the screamo and crotch grabbing part.
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