EXO is a South Korean boy band that was formed in 2011 by entertainment giant SM Entertainment. They debuted as a group with twelve members back in 2012 with the single Mama, which later on became a big hit with both local and international fans. The boy group then released their first album XOXO, which was a commercial success.
Why do other members leave the group?
In 2014, EXO released Overdose which was also a successful single. However, 2014 was the year that one of the Chinese members, Kris, left the group due to human rights violations against him. Another Chinese member, Luhan, also filed a lawsuit against the company and successfully left the group. By this time, EXO was performing solo concerts and were continuously gaining a large fanbase all around the globe. In 2015, another Chinese member, Tao, left the group due to health issues and unfair treatment. EXO then continued with only nine members left and released two more albums, Ex’Act and (soon to be released) The War. Today, EXO continues to gain the hearts of both Korean and international fans despite losing members and going through tough times. They have released teasers for a new single KoKoBop for their latest album.
Exo’s Background Information
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Years active: 2012–present
Labels: S.M. Entertainment Avex Trax
acts: EXO-CBX SM Town
Past members : Luhan
Awards and nominations
Exo has been recipients of numerous awards from South Korea and mainland China. On June 14, 2013, over a year after their official debut, the band received their first win on the South Korean music program Music Bank with their single “Wolf.” Since then, EXO has gone on to win over 100 music program awards, only the second artist to do so, after Girls’ Generation.
In early February 2013, Exo began promoting a South Korean clothing brand, Kolon Sport. The band shot a commercial ad for a new pair of sneakers named after them, MOVE-XO. The band has launched a clothing range called Boy Who Cried Wolf (BWCW), partnering up with various Korean street brands. Exo is currently the endorsers for various other brands and companies such as Samsung, SPAO, Baskin-Robbins, IVY Club, MCM Worldwide, Pepero, Lotte World, Lotte Duty-Free, MCM, Kangshifu Ice Tea, Hats On, Goobne Chicken, and Skechers.