38 Facts About Exo


Exo is a South Korean-Chinese boy band based in Seoul formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012.

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Since then, Exo have exclusively performed as one group, although their music continues to feature multiple languages.

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Exo have won numerous awards, including five consecutive Album of the Year awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and two consecutive Artist of the Year awards at the Melon Music Awards, and have performed over 100 concerts across four headlining tours and multiple joint tours.

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Prior their debut, Exo released two singles, "What Is Love" and "History", which peaked at numbers 88 and 68, respectively, on the Gaon Digital Chart and at number six on the Sina Music Chart.

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Exo was awarded Best New Asian Group at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Newcomer Award at the Golden Disc Awards.

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Exo recorded the album's lead single "Wolf" together, although the rest of the album tracks were recorded separately.

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Exo alleged that the company disregarded his health and maintained unfair profit distributions.

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Exo entered Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 98, making them the first K-pop group and second Korean artist to chart there.

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On November 4,2015, Exo released their Japanese debut single album Love Me Right ~romantic universe~, which contained the Japanese version of "Love Me Right" and an original Japanese song titled "Drop That".

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Five days later, Exo released a special single titled "Lightsaber" to promote the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its release in South Korea as part of a collaboration between SM Entertainment and Walt Disney.

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Exo performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on February 25, serving as representatives of K-pop along with CL.

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Exo celebrated their tenth anniversary on April 8 through the premiere of a new season of their reality show Exo's Ladder, released through the streaming service Wavve, as well as a special fan meeting, titled 2022 Debut Anniversary Fan Event, on April 9 at the Jamsil Arena, which marked their first show with a live audience since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exo clarified that he would remain active as a member of Exo.

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Exo-SC has released one studio album: 1 Billion Views and one extended play: What a Life.

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Exo are considered by many to be a vocal powerhouse group in the K-pop industry.

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The special winter-themed EPs that Exo have released nearly every December since 2013 feature classic, emotional ballads that diverge from the upbeat singles usually featured on the band's studio albums and better showcase the members' vocal abilities.

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However, in 2015, Exo released their first song to credit lyrics to one of the group's members on the repackaged version of their second album, Love Me Right.

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Exo have been praised for their synchronized choreography and elaborate stage designs.

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In 2021, Exo became "sextuple million sellers", meaning the band has sold over one million copies apiece for six different albums.

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Exo have contributed significantly to the financial success of their management agency, SM Entertainment.

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Exo have been described as "the biggest boy band in the world".

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Exo have gained immense popularity in South Korea and were named by Forbes on the Korea Power Celebrity list as the most powerful celebrities in South Korea for 2015 and 2016; within the top five for 2014,2017, and 2018; and within the top 10 for 2019 They are considered a prominent force in the Hallyu Wave, which refers to the rise and spread of Korean pop culture around the world.

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In 2016, AsiaOne said "Exo are turning into an omnipresent, unstoppable global force, " citing their worldwide popularity, critical acclaim, and large fandom size.

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Twitter statistics from Next Big Sound showed that Exo recorded 14,000 times more mentions than expected, with 24 million in total.

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

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Exo have won numerous awards both in South Korea and internationally.

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For four years, Exo held the record for the most music show wins for a single song, with 18 for "Call Me Baby".

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Exo have received 23 Daesang awards from various year-end award shows, including six from the Mnet Asian Music Awards, a feat that was recorded in the 2018 Guinness World Records book.

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Exo has maintained numerous endorsement deals throughout the group's career, and has been named multiple times as having the most powerful brand reputation among K-pop artists by the Korean Business Research Institute.

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Exo has endorsed Samsung's electronic products and served as the company's brand ambassadors for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China.

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In 2014, Exo collaborated with the South Korean clothing brand Kolon Sport on a new pair of sneakers named Move-Xo after the group.

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Also in 2013, Exo began a two-year endorsement deal with cosmetics brand Nature Republic, which was later extended and remained active until 2020.

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In late 2015, Exo officially endorsed Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the release of a collaboration film that featured "the nine Exo members in a Star Wars-inspired world where clubs are 'Jedi Only' and they carry lightsabers", according to Billboard.

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In March 2018, Exo were announced to be the new brand ambassadors for Major League Baseball in Asia.

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In July 2018, Exo were appointed as Korean Tourism Ambassadors for 2018 by the Korean Tourism Organization, and appeared in a series of promotional advertisements designed to "promote Korea to the world".

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Exo maintain partnerships with, or have previously endorsed, companies including Coca-Cola, SK Telecom, KFC, MCM, Lotte Confectionery, Lotte World, Goobne Chicken, and Hats On.

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Since their debut, Exo members have been involved in charity, such as volunteering for and making personal donations to organizations including childcare centers, the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Siheung Women's Resources Development Center, and China's Hunan province medical services.

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In 2015, Exo began participating in Smile For U, a joint SM Entertainment and UNICEF project that supports music education for children in Asia.

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