EXO was formed in 2011 and debuted on April 8, 2012 with 12 members.
Today, with countless of awards, records, and achievements that they have received, EXO celebrates their sixth anniversary together with EXO-Ls.
EXO had a rough start. During their debut days, they were called SM’s failure was criticized badly because of their ‘concept’. During their events, they only have few attendees. They used to perform at small events & only received a bag of rice as payment. Imagine that? But despite all these, they still managed to go on.
During 2013, they had their comeback and won their first music bank award on ‘Wolf’. It was the major turning point for EXO’s career. I remember watching a video where Junmyeon was crying while receiving the award. He was thanking everyone who made it possible. It made my hard soft.
During 2013 too, they made a comeback with ‘Growl’ which became a big hit in Korea. They even called it as “Korea’s National Anthem” because almost everyone knows the song. Because of this they achieved more recognition, trophies & fame. They became the first million-seller ending the 12 years drought and they were the youngest artist to receive a daesang award at MAMA awards 2013.
2014 was considered as EXO’s black age: Kris filed a lawsuit against SM to terminate his contract, Luhan also left the group, Baekhyun and Taeyeon dating news broke out. It caused thousands of fans leaving.
Overdose became the best selling album in South Korea of 2014 and was the first mini album to top the yearly charts and win the Album of the Year Award at Mnet Asian Music Awards. By the end of 2014, EXO was Japan’s best-selling K-pop artist of the year.
S.M. Entertainment announced that EXO would continue to promote with 10 members. The group held their first solo concert “EXO from EXOplanet 1 – The Lost Planet” at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium. Tickets for the concert sold out in 1.47 seconds, breaking the record for the fastest sold out concert by a Korean artist.
In 2015, EXO released their second studio album, Exodus in both Korean and Mandarin versions. Exodus eventually went on to sell over a million copies, and is the group’s second album after XOXO to do so. It was named Album of the Year at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making this the third consecutive win in this category for the group since 2013. In May, EXO broke the record on Billboard as the highest ranking Korean artist, topping at 90th place. EXO also entered the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 98, making them the first K-pop group and second Korean artist to enter the Canadian chart.
Despite all these achievements, during 2015, Tao also filed a lawsuit against SM due to lack of support concerning individual career developments and health issues.
EXO managed to continue as a group after loosing some of their members. They remain stronger for the people who are always their to support them. They released a few more albums and had their successful comebacks.
They became a big hit world wide and bang different awards. They are being recognized all over the world as the “Kings of KPOP” and “Nation’s Pick”. Their sub-unit, EXO-CBX is also successful and was recognized as the sub-unit of the century. They also had their solo endeavors in acting which made them a lot more popular.
Seeing all these, I may not be with them when they struggled from losing their members, I may not be with them during their darkest and painful days, but from now on, I promise to be with them forever. I promise to protect them because I always want to see their smiles. EXO saved me from my darkest days. EXO became my inspiration and showed that there is more to life than my boring days.
I never imagined myself to be a KPop fan, not until I met EXO. When I was in highschool, many of my classmates are fans of KPop (SNSD, Big Bang, SuJu, etc). I don’t really care about that before and I find them weird. Little did I know that I will also be indulged into Kpop.
Many people say that “Fangirling is a waste of money and time“. I beg to disagree. Because of EXO, here’s me, finding purpose in life, getting motivation to continue growing and learning new skills, having the power to exercise daily and live a healthy lifestyle because of EXO.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, EXO!
There is no EXO without EXO-Ls.
There are no EXO-Ls without EXO.
we won’t be here on our 6th year if it weren’t because of every fan who supported our boys. Without our family, we’d be nothing.
You have this amazing ability to put a smile on my face and happiness in my heart . Because of you (EXO) I’ve met lots of awesome people. I met friends in the fandom that I can treasure and consider as family.
I will see you in Manila, my Kings. I’m sorry if I can’t afford yet to be near to you. I will continue to save so that next time I can finally see you face to face.
Thank you and thank you EXO-Ls