THERE IS NO DENYING — EXO AND EXO-L GOT THE POWER TO MAKE HISTORY!
Hailing from SM Entertainment, there were a lot of expectations from EXO even prior to the boy group’s official debut on April 8, 2012.
SM Entertainment, in the first place, is the top entertainment agency in South Korea who was behind legendary groups H.O.T, Shinhwa, S.E.S, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, f(x), and SHINee.
Still, with the heavy burden rested on their shoulders to continue the legacy their sunbae started, EXO delivered — even beyond expectations.
Six years in the industry, the boy group has made its own history and set its own legacy as one of the top boy groups of this generation.
We celebrate the milestones and successes of Suho, Xiumin, Chen, Lay, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun with a list of nine of their bountiful achievements that truly show EXO and EXO-L are powerful together.
#1 BEING PART OF THE TOP FIVE OF FORBES KOREA’S POWER CELEBRITY YEARS SINCE 2014
Forbes Korea’s Power Celebrity lists the 40 most powerful celebrities in South Korea. It ranks personalities in different arenas such as sports, music, film, television, and arts based on their influence, popularity, achievements in their respective fields, and earnings.
#2 TITLE HOLDER FOR MOST WINS IN FIVE MAJOR MUSIC AWARDS
Since then, they have consistently won the Album of the Year at the award ceremony for their albums Overdose, Exodus, Ex’Act, and The War. Additionally, they were named the Artist of the Year in 2014.
Aside from MAMA, EXO also hold the record for having the most number of daesang at the Golden Disc Awards as they took home four Album of the Year from 2014 to 2017. Overall, the boy group is the second most awarded group in GDA with 16 wins. Super Junior is the current record holder of most wins in GDA with 19.
EXO is also the artist who has won the most awards at Seoul Music Awards with 16 wins including four consecutive daesang from 2014 to 2017. The boy group also took home bonsang for five years beginning in 2014.
#3 FIRST SOUTH KOREAN ARTIST IN 12 YEARS TO SELL OVER ONE MILLION COPIES OF AN ALBUM
XOXO was indeed a breakthrough album, not only for EXO, but for South Korea’s music industry as well. The first studio album of the boy group which was released in 2013 broke records as it becomes the first album in 12 years released by a South Korean artist to sell more than one million copies.
#4 THE THIRD GROUP TO BE A QUADRUPLE MILLION SELLER AND THE FIRST SINCE H.O.T
EXO did not stop its record-breaking sales with XOXO. The boy group is also the third group in the history of South Korea’s music industry to be a quadruple million sellerever. The boys now join legendary groups Seo Taiji and the Boys and H.O.T. in the list of quadruple million sellers thanks to the success of XOXO, Exodus, Ex’Act, and The War.
Additionally, XOXO, Overdose, Exodus, Ex’Act, and The War are the best-selling albums in the years they were released.
#5 RECORD-HOLDER OF HAVING THE MOST MUSIC PROGRAM AWARDS FOR A SINGLE SONG BY A GROUP
EXO added another record in its already long list of achievements in 2015 as “Call Me Baby” becomes the most awarded song by a group in music programs with 18 wins.
#6 THE K-POP ACT WITH THE MOST MUSIC SHOW WINS
Aside from being the record-holder of having the most awards from major music awards, EXO is also the K-Pop act with most music show wins. The boy group has won a total of 104 times on domestic music shows excluding solo and sub-unit wins and overseas music program wins.
#7 HAVING THE RECORD OF FASTEST-SELLING CONCERT IN THE WORLD
EXO Planet #4 – The ElyXiOn and the EXO Planet #4 – The ElyXiOn [dot] are the fastest-selling concerts in the world. Tickets to The ElyXiOn held from November 24 to 26, 2017 were sold out in 0.2 second.
Even before its current record, the boy group held the record of fastest-selling concert since its first solo concert tour. In 2014, tickets to the EXO Planet #1 – The Lost Planetheld at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena were sold out in 1.47 seconds. The boy group then beat its own record in 2015 through EXO Planet #2 – The EXO’luxion where tickets were sold out in 0.4 second.
#8 FIRST K-POP ACT FEATURED ON DUBAI FOUNTAIN SHOW AND ONLY NON-ROYAL FIGURES TO BE PROJECTED ON DUBAI’S BURJ KHALIFA
A literal showcase of “Power” happened in early 2018 when EXO became the first K-Pop act whose music was featured on The Dubai Fountain, the largest choreographed fountain system in the world. The boy group’s 2017 hit song “Power” served as the music for the fountain show on January 16, an event witnessed by the members sans D.O. and Lay.
Moreover, the members were also the first non-royal figures to be projected via an LED display on the Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai. The images of all nine members were shown for a total of three minutes in July 2018.
#9 PERFORMING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF PYEONGCHANG WINTER OLYMPICS
EXO wowed the crowd as the final act at the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics with Kai’s solo dance and the members’ performance of their hit songs “Growl” and “Power”. The performance was lauded by various media outlets and listed as the second best Olympic live music performances of all time.
The #Olympics_EXO trended on top of Twitter’s worldwide trends even before the start of the performance of the boy group. By the end of the closing ceremony, the hashtaghas been tweeted more than five million times.
These are only nine of the many record-breaking, chart-topping, and historic successes of EXO — and there will be more milestones to be achieved because Suho, Xiumin, Chen, Lay, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun got the power of hard work, talent, passion, and the unwavering support and love of their EXO-L to make everything happen.