Introduction to EXO

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Exo's logo
Exo logo

EXO, which is one of the biggest names in K-Pop, was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011. Originally consisting of 12 members divided into two subunits, the group currently has 8 members actively promoting for the group and 1 inactive member promoting other projects in China.

In 2011, Lee Soo-man, the founder of SM Entertainment, put forward the idea for a boy group consisting of two subgroups (EXO-K and EXO-M) recording the same songs in Korean and Mandarin Chinese. The groups would perform both together and separately. By the end of the year, Exo had been formed with 12 members; Exo-K included Suho as the leader, with the other members being D.O., Baekhyun, Kai, Chanyeol, and Sehun. Exo-M’s leader was Kris, while the other members included Chen, Luhan, Lay, Xiumin, and Tao.

Exo at K-Pop World
Exo at the 2013 K-Pop World Festival in Changwon, South Korea

The group released two prologue singles and an EP before finally releasing their first album XOXO on June 3, 2013. The album was well received both domestically and internationally reaching number 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart as well as others. In 2014 members Kris and Luhan left the group, followed by Tao in 2015. The group abandoned subunit activity until October 2016, when SM announced the Exo subunit, EXO-CBX, which consists of members Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin.

Exo has consistently remained at the forefront of the K-Pop scene, managing to avoid the ‘Seven Year Jinx’, in which many groups disband by the seventh year of promotion.

Check this video for their hit song “Monster”