"We may be separated into two groups, but really, we are one big family."
EXO (Korean: 엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band who debuted under SM Entertainment on April 8, 2012, after 23 teasers. They are split into two sub-units, EXO-M and EXO-K, who promote in China and South Korea, respectively.The group is composed of 11 members from South Korea and China. Namely, Xiumin, Lu Han, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O, Tao, Kai, and Sehun. Member Kris is currently inactive due to his filing of a lawsuit to terminate his contract, although it is expected he will be leaving. There was debate about the group disbanding for a while, but members have reassured their fans that they will continue on.The group's two albums, the 2012 debut EP Mama and the 2013 comeback studio album XOXO, were major commercial successes, selling over 1.5 million units in total worldwide. The group was also named the Best Korean/Japanese Act at the MTV EMA Awards.
Xiumin - (March 26, 1990)
Lu Han - (April 20, 1990)
Suho - (May 22, 1991)
Lay - (October 7, 1991)
Baekhyun - (May 6, 1992)
Chen - (September 21, 1992)
Chanyeol - (November 27, 1992)
D.O - (January 12, 1993)
Tao - (May 2, 1993)
Kai - (January 14, 1994)
Sehun - (April 12, 1994)
Kris - (November 6, 1990)
Kris is not officially gone, but it is expected he will be leaving, and he is listed as "inactive".
Kris ignored his mother's phone calls around the Christmas season when he was still a trainee. He once said that if he picked up his phone he would quit on the spot and go home to see her. To keep himself from quitting, he befriended Tao and decided to keep being a trainee to keep him company. To this day, Kris still buys things for Tao, such as food and clothes.
The more one reads about Kris' lawsuit, the sorrier one feels for him - especially after Tao lashed out at him and called him a "lying betrayer".
When Lay became an SM trainee, his girlfriend in China broke up with him so he could focus on training in hopes of someday debuting in a group. He was crushed, and wrote Airport Tears based on this experience.
Kai has also been training since he was a pre-teen. He has also been hurt in the process multiple times. The video of other members helping him and Tao walk after being injured is heartbreaking. Especially when you realize their mothers were turned away by security guards when they tried to reach for their sons...
D.O and Tao have been affected the most by stalkers. D.O has also gotten more cold and reserved as a result.
After Baekhyun and Taeyeon were reported to be dating, hate towards them spread like wildfire, with people even petitioning for Baekhyun to leave EXO. Taeyeon even cried in front of fans in the airport, while Baekhyun looked visibly worn out and skinny.
Differently Powered Individual - The concept behind their MAMA promotions was that each member had a specific super power. They are still portrayed as superhumans in more recent promotions, but only rarely.
He also gave a little boy a ride on his shoulders when he volunteered at a children's center.
"It seems as if there is a young boy living in the body of a young man. As soon as he came into the studio, he squealed while looking at the baby shoes and had fun while touching the baby clothes that were hung in the closet."
Lu Han, too.
"The little kids clearly all really liked Lu Han, and kept talking to him. Lu Han would always stoop down to listen carefully, nod intently, and reply. Afterwards, as soon as the kids raised their heads, he would stoop, lean over and listen with a really gentle expression. Later, because it was easier to chat with the kids, he just crouched down and would keep one eye on the recording while constantly playing with the kids."
When Kai wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is order fried chicken.
Trauma Conga Line: The Overdose era is seen as this by fans of EXO, with Kris and Tao falling ill, Chanyeol hurting his arm, Sehun injuring his hand, Kris filing a lawsuit to leave EXO, Kai collapsing from pain during a performance, Lu Han lashing out at stalkers and reports of Baekhyun and Taeyeon dating causing hate to spread like wildfire.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They managed to enter the scale with MAMA, which is a solid 6, and Wolf, which is a hard 6/borderline 7 due to its intense rhythms and dubstep-influenced sound. On average though, their music can range from a soft 2 to a solid 6, with their ballads more likely to ping at 1 or go off the low end of the scale.