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In 2011, SM Entertainment revealed that they’re going to debut a new boy band. The plan is for them to be divided into two sub-units, promoting the same music in South Korea and China.

At the end of the year, the group has its members and officially being called EXO. The name is taken from the word exoplanet, meaning a planet outside the Solar System.

SM Entertainment stuck with their original plan to have two sub-units. The EXO-K consisting of Suho, D.O, Chanyeol, Baekhyun, Sehun, and Kai would perform songs in Korean to attract the Korean market.

While EXO-M with Kris, Xiumin, Lay, Luhan, Chen, and Tao would sing in Mandarin for the Chinese audience.

EXO officially made their debut on April 2012. They released their first EP Mama in Korean and Mandarin. Both the Korean and Mandarin versions were commercial successes.

The Korean version managed to top the Gaon Album Chart and peaked at number eight on Billboard World Albums Chart.

While the Mandarin version got to number two on China’s Sina Album Chart.

EXO continued to operate with two sub-units until their third EP Overdose in 2014. Between 2014-2015, the group lost three EXO-M members Kris, Luhan, and Tao due to problems with the agency.

This incident forced the boyband to perform as one group while still releasing songs in multiple languages.

Now this nine man group got international recognition after performing in the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Pyeongchang.

Their performance was met with many praises as well as global media attention.

EXO got to the height of their career with the release of Don’t Mess Up My Tempo. The fifth studio album went on to top the Gaon Music Chart.

It also peaked at number 23 on Billboard 200, making it their highest-charting album on the US.

Don’t Mess Up My Tempo was also EXO’s fastest album to sold over 1 million copies before being overtaken by their 2021 EP Don’t Fight the Feeling.

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
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EXO Members

1. Suho

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Jun Myeon
  • Stage Name: Suho
  • Nickname: Sunnouncer, Esuhort, Leader, Jun Ma Hao
  • Birthday: May 22, 1991
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist, Visual
  • Sub-Unit: EXO-K
  • Super Power (Badge): Water
  • Height: 172 cm (5’8”)
  • Weight: 69 kg (152 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Religion: Buddhist
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
  • Education: Whimoon High School, Kyung Hee Cyber University
  • Hobbies: Cycling, Acting, Playing golf.
  • Instagram: @kimjuncotton

Facts

  • Suho’s family consists of father, mother, and a brother who is four years older.
  • Although he was born in Seoul, he was raised in his father’s hometown Busan.
  • His personality type is ENFJ-A.
  • Suho and Minho of SHINee have been friends since college.
  • As trainees, they went to China together to learn Mandarin.
  • He is very polite and considerate to other people. He is often seen as an exemplar.
  • Many have said that he looks like Choi Siwon from Super Junior.
  • This Kpop star got mentioned on Super Junior’s Mr. Simple album by Kyuhyun.
  • He is really close with fellow member Sehun.
  • He and Sehun used to be roommates but they have their own rooms now.

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2. Xiumin

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Min Seok
  • Stage Name: Xiumin
  • Nickname: Bao Zi (Little Bun), Mandoo, King of Detail
  • Birthday: March 26, 1990
  • Birthplace: Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper
  • Height: 173 cm (5’8”)
  • Weight: 57 kg (125 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
  • Sub Unit: EXO-M, EXO- CBX
  • Super Power (Badge): Frost (Snowflake)
  • Education: Catholic Kwandong University
  • Hobbies: Playing football, Exercise, Eat delicious food, Shopping.
  • Instagram: @e_xiu_o

Facts

  • Xiumin is a very clean and tidy person. He is also kind, cute, funny, and can be a bit of a prankster.
  • He likes playing pranks on other members.
  • Among the other EXO-M members, he is chosen as the funniest one.
  • This lead vocalist is also the neatest, cleanest, and strongest member of EXO-M.
  • He is a very organized person.
  • He has quite a chubby face and a really cute grin.
  • Xiumin is often mistaken as the youngest member despite being the oldest because of his appearance.
  • He might seem cute but is actually really manly, according to Chanyeol.
  • He got voted as least likely to cry by his fellow members.
  • This talented singer has a little sister, but he keeps her identity a secret as his mother asked him to.

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3. Baekhyun

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Byun Baek Hyun
  • Stage Name: Baekhyun
  • Nickname: Bacon, TCO
  • Birthday: May 6, 1992
  • Birthplace: Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Main vocalist
  • Height: 174 cm (5’8,5”)
  • Weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
  • Sub Unit: EXO-K, EXO-CBX
  • Super Power (Badge): Light (Sun)
  • Education: Jungwon High School, Kyung Hee Cyber University
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, Watching movies, Singing, Aikido, Piano
  • Facebook: –
  • Twitter: @b_hundred_hyun
  • Instagram: @baekhyunee_exo
  • Youtube: Baekhyun
  • Weibo: baekhyunee7

Facts

  • Baekhyun has one older brother.
  • This Kpop idol wanted to be a singer since fourth grade. He would often tell his friends that he will be a celebrity in the future.
  • He likes making people laugh by doing cute expressions.
  • Some of his favorite foods are Korean food, Western food, Japanese food, and Chinese food.
  • This Taurus man doesn’t like cucumbers and garlic.
  • White, grey, and black are some of his favorite colors.
  • He picks the number 48 as his favorite.
  • This singer likes listening to Pop, Punk Rock, and R&B music.
  • His favorite movie genres are Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Action.
  • He loves socializing and befriending people.

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4. Chen

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Jong Dae
  • Stage Name: Chen
  • Nickname: Dancing Machine
  • Birthday: September 21, 1992
  • Birthplace: Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Main vocalist
  • Height: 173 cm (5’8”)
  • Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
  • Sub Unit: EXO-M, EXO- CBX
  • Super Power (Badge): Thunder
  • Education: Hanyang Cyber University
  • Hobbies: Singing, Playing the piano
  • Youtube: Chen

Facts

  • Chen’s family consists of father, mother, and an older brother.
  • He is a kind, polite, gentle, considerate, polite, and cheerful person. But he can also be quite hyper, funny, and stubborn.
  • This Virgo man likes joking around and playing pranks on fellow members.
  • He has a habit of sticking his tongue out when laughing.
  • He is really good at singing high notes.
  • This Kpop idol has a very powerful voice, making him the main vocalist.
  • He auditioned for music conservatory before joining SM Entertainment.
  • He would like to be a vocal trainer if he wasn’t in EXO.
  • His parents were not keen of Chen becoming a singer. But once they learned that he would be working with SM Entertainment, they become very supportive.
  • A fan jokingly called him Dancing Machine, making the other members laughed. The nickname has stuck with him ever since.

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5. Chanyeol

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Park Chan Yeol
  • Stage Name: Chanyeol
  • Nickname: Wealthy Teeth, Happy Virus, King of Derps
  • Birthday: November 27, 1992
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
  • Sub-Unit: EXO-K, EXO-SC
  • Super Power (Badge): Fire (Phoenix)
  • Height: 186 cm (6’1”)
  • Weight: 59 kg (130 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper, Actor
  • Education: Hyundai Chungun High School, Kyung Hee Cyber University
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, Playing instruments
  • Instagram: @real__pcy
  • Weibo: real__pcyyyyy
  • Soundcloud: real__pcy

Facts

  • Chanyeol’s family consists of father, mother, and an older sister who used to work as announcer at YTN and MBC.
  • His father has a cafe while his mother has a restaurant.
  • His personality type is ENFJ-T.
  • This Kpop star went to a private acting school when he was 16 years old.
  • He was in a temporary band while in high school.
  • Chanyeol gives himself a nickname Reversal Voice because his baby face contrasts with his deep voice.
  • He was in TVXQ’s HaHaHa Song, Girls’ Generation Genie (Japanese Version), and TaeTiSeo’s Twinkle music videos.
  • He designed the EXO’s hexagon logo.
  • This Sagittarius man has a very bright and cheerful personality.
  • He can speak English.

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6. D.O.

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instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Do Kyung Soo
  • Stage Name: D.O.
  • Nickname: Heenjabuja, Umma, Orchestra Boy, The Pop Out Eyes, Pororo
  • Birthday: January 12, 1993
  • Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Main Vocalist
  • Height: 173 cm (5’8”)
  • Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
  • Sub Unit: EXO-K
  • Super Power (Badge): Force
  • Education: Baekseok High School
  • Hobbies: Interpreting lyrics, Singing, Beatboxing

Facts

  • D.O.’s family consists of father, mother, and an older brother.
  • When he was a kid, he was an ulzzang.
  • His parents support his dream in becoming a singer.
  • This singer got his artistic side from his father who owns an art business.
  • He is pretty quiet, considerate, and sentimental.
  • He can be a little bit shy around strangers. He prefers for the other person to start the conversations.
  • This Kpop idol jokes around a lot with his fellow EXO members.
  • He also often acts like the other members’ mother. He would do their cooking and look after them.
  • D.O. nags the other members when the dorm gets too messy.
  • He is a very tidy person and likes to sort things by brands, colors, and types.

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7. Kai

Kai - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Jong In
  • Stage Name: Kai
  • Nickname: Kkamjong, Sun-kissed Boy
  • Birthday: January 14, 1994
  • Birthplace: Suncheon, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
  • Home Town: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper
  • Sub-Unit: EXO-K
  • Super Power (Badge): Teleportation
  • Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 67 kg (148 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
  • Education: Seoul Arts High School
  • Hobbies: Dancing, Reading books, Listening to music.
  • Instagram: @zkdlin

Facts

  • Kai’s family consists of father, mother, and two sisters (One is nine years older and the other five years older.
  • His father passed away because of chronic illness on May 7, 2018.
  • His personality type is INFJ.
  • He specializes in dancing Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and Popping and Locking.
  • Before his debut, he appeared in 13 EXO teasers.
  • This Kpop Idol has plenty of nicknames including Kkamjong which dark Jong. His other one is Dark Skin.
  • He is also called Asia’s First Love, Olympics Secret Weapon, Sun-kissed Boy, Idol’s Idol, Kpop’s Sharpest Dancer, and Subway Angel.
  • Many people think he has cold and arrogant personalities because of his stage persona. But he is actually quiet, gentle, a bit shy, and really kind.
  • His fellow member Baekhyun even said that Kai is like a shy little girl and often behaves like their maknae.
  • Some people see him as someone who is blunt and chic. Others might compare him to a cute puppy.

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8. Sehun

Sehun - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/weareone.exo

Profile

  • Real Name: Oh Se Hun
  • Stage Name: Sehun
  • Nickname: Senshine, White Skin
  • Birthday: April 12, 1994
  • Birthplace: Jungnang-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Home Town: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Position: Lead Dancer, Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
  • Height: 183 cm (6’)
  • Weight: 59 kg (130 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Singer, Actor, Rapper
  • Sub Unit: EXO-K, EXO-SC
  • Super Power (Badge): Wind
  • Education: Seoul Arts High School
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, Acting, Dancing.
  • Instagram: @oohsehun
  • Weibo: “wu世勋-EXO

Facts

  • Sehun’s family consists of father, mother, and an older brother who is three years older than him.
  • His personality type is INTP.
  • He was born in Seoul, South Korea.
  • The man born in 1994 was a former ulzzang.
  • He is known to be a bit shy and mischievous, but also sincere and considerate. As you get to know him, he becomes livelier.
  • Sehun is a very caring person, especially to fellow EXO members. He prays for each of them every night.
  • He has milky smooth skin.
  • This Aries man used to have braces, and he’s still wearing the retainers.
  • One of his habits is sticking his tongue out.
  • This talented singer can’t pronounce the letter S well.

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Member in Hiatus

1. Lay

EXO - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
instagram/layzhang

Profile

  • Real Name: Zhang Jiashuai
  • Legalized Name: Zhang Yixing
  • Korean Name: Jang Ye Heung
  • Stage Name: Lay
  • Nickname: Da Tou
  • Birthday: October 7, 1991
  • Birthplace: Changsha, Hunan, China
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Main Dancer, Vocalist
  • Sub-Unit: EXO-M
  • Super Power (Badge): Healing (Unicorn)
  • Height: 177 cm (5’10”)
  • Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Composer, Actor
  • Education: Hunan Normal University High School
  • Hobbies: Cooking, Dancing, Playing piano and guitar, Playing on the computer, Mastering Korean, Composing songs
  • Twitter: @layzhang
  • Instagram: @layzhang
  • Weibo: 努力努力再努力x

Facts

  • Lay gets his stage name from SM Entertainment. It took inspiration from Meteor Garden character Huaze Lei who is talented and has interest in music.
  • This talented artist is part of EXO-M and was going to be their leader.
  • He arrived to the agency at the same day as Luhan, making them really close.
  • Lay has a funny, humble, mischievous, forgetful, and easy going personality. But he is also really hard-working.
  • His presence on stage is strong and charismatic. But he’s actually really humorous and playful off stage.
  • One of his habits is sleeping on the living room’s floor because it’s cooler there.
  • This Libra man can speak Korean, Chinese, and English.
  • He can attend practice for a long time. One time, he even practiced since early morning until dawn of the next day.
  • Lay has slow reaction to jokes and other stuff.
  • He can play the piano and has admitted to learning it himself.

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Former Members

1. Kris

Kris - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
Instagram/kriswu

Profile

  • Real Name: Li Jiaheng, changed to Wu Yifan
  • Stage Name: Kris
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: November 6, 1990
  • Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Chinese-Canadian
  • Position: Main Rapper, Leader (EXO-M)
  • Height: 186.6 cm (6’1″)
  • Weight: 73 kg (160 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Actor, Rapper
  • Sub Unit: EXO-M
  • Super Power (Badge): Flight (Dragon)
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: –
  • Facebook: Kris Wu
  • Twitter: @KrisWu
  • Instagram: @kriswu
  • Tiktok: @kriswu_1106
  • Youtube: Kris Wu
  • Weibo: @Mr_凡先生
  • Website: Kris Wu 

Facts

  • Kris’ parents are divorced and he takes his mother’s surname.
  • He can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean.
  • He is a very social person and loves to talk with people.
  • This talented artist is on TC Candler The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018, sitting at number 75.
  • Something he is really good at are language and basketball.
  • He is soft hearted, which sometimes can be a weakness for him.
  • This Scorpio man helped the other members with shopping and fashion.
  • In the dorm, he loved singing.
  • Kris is not very good at saying sweet stuffs.
  • His ideal type is someone’s kind. She would also have to know how to cook and take care of others.

2. Luhan

Luhan - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career
Instagram/7_luhan_m

Profile

  • Real Name: Lu Han
  • Stage Name: Luhan
  • Nickname: Xiao Lu, Lulu, Cute Little Prince, Marilyn Monroe
  • Birthday: April 20, 1990
  • Birthplace: Haidian District, Beijing, China
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual, Face of The Group
  • Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
  • Weight: 52 kg (114 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
  • Sub Unit: EXO-M
  • Super Power (Badge): Telekinesis
  • Education: Yonsei University, Seoul Institute of the Arts
  • Hobbies: –
  • Instagram: @7_luhan_m
  • Weibo: @M鹿M

Facts

  • Luhan doesn’t have any sibling.
  • He likes wearing simpler clothes.
  • He is good at soccer and solving Rubix’s Cube.
  • When angry, Luhan would say it out loud.
  • His favorite food is stir fried eggs with cucumber.
  • He has a seafood allergy.
  • Luhan is  TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018, rank 59.
  • He once set the kitchen on fire and blamed Kris for it.
  • He has great interest in sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball.
  • His ideal type is a quiet and demure woman.

3. Tao

Tao
Instagram/hztttao

Profile

  • Real Name: Huang Zitao
  • Stage Name: Tao
  • Nickname: Peach, Kung Fu Panda
  • Birthday: May 2, 1993
  • Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Position: Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
  • Height: 184 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper
  • Sub Unit: EXO-M
  • Super Power (Badge): Telekinesis
  • Education: –
  • Hobbies: –
  • Instagram: @hztttao
  • Weibo: @CPOPKing-黄子韬

Facts

  • Tao doesn’t have any sibling.
  • He used to do Wushu as a kid.
  • He likes listening to R&B and Hip Hop.
  • The rapper is very sensitive and emotional.
  • He is scared of ghost, even crying after going in Haunted House.
  • When he was younger, Tao used to be very shy.
  • He likes eating Western Food.
  • He loves going to the beach alone for a walk.
  • This Taurus man picks blue as his favorite color.
  • His ideal type is someone who is beautiful both in personality and physicality.

EXO has had an amazing run throughout their career. It doesn’t seem that the group is slowing down either. Hopefully, we get to see more of them in the future.

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