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EXID (South Korean girl group) in October 2013.jpg
From left to right: Hani, LE, Solji, Junghwa, Hyerin
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Associated acts C-Clown, Shinsadong Tiger
  • Solji
  • LE
  • Hani
  • Hyerin
  • Junghwa
Past members
  • Yuzi
  • Dami
  • Haeryung

EXID (/ ˈɛks ˈd/; Hangul: 이엑스아이디), an acronym for Exceed in Dreaming,[1] is a five-member South Korean girl group, composed of Solji, LE, Hani, Hyerin, and Junghwa. Formed by Gamgak Entertainment in 2011, EXID originally started off as a six-member group consisting of members LE, Hani, Junghwa, Yuzi, Dami, and Haeryung. They made their official debut on February 16, 2012 with the release of their digital single album Holla. Two months later, Yuzi, Dami, and Haeryung departed the group, and were soon replaced by Solji and Hyerin. The quintet then released their first EP Hippity Hop in August 2012, but it was met with limited success.

The group was launched to mainstream recognition when their 2014 single "Up & Down" climbed to number one on the Gaon Singles Chart four months after its initial release.


2011: Pre-debut[edit]

In May 2011, producer Shinsadong Tiger and AB Entertainment (now known as Gamgak Entertainment) scouted several trainees from JYP Entertainment to form a new girl group. Yuzi was the first trainee to join AB Entertainment when JYP's girl group, which consisted of Yuzi, Hani, Song Ji-eun (of Secret fame), and Hyolyn (of Sistar fame), failed to debut. Yuzi contacted JYP trainees Hani, Haeryung, and Junghwa to audition for AB, and all three were subsequently accepted into the agency. The group added a fifth member when Shinsadong discovered LE, an underground rapper and songwriter who performed under the name "Elly". Dami, who was already an AB trainee, was the sixth and last member added to the group.[2][better source needed] Originally named "WT", an acronym for "Who's That", the group later changed their name to EXID, an initialism for "Exceed in Dream", a few months before their debut.[3] In December 2011, LE was featured in Huh Gak's single "Whenever You Play That Song", which was a top five hit.[4][5]

EXID scheduled to debut in January 2012, their debut was delayed to February when LE sustained a leg injury during rehearsals.[6] On February 3, 2012, AB announced that EXID would debut with the single "Whoz That Girl".[7] Video teasers featuring various members doing solo performances were subsequently released online.

EXID dropped their first digital single album Holla on February 16, 2012.[8] They made their debut performance on M! Countdown, followed by Music Core and Inkigayo.[8][9] Their debut song "Whoz That Girl" peaked at number 36 on the Gaon Singles Chart, ultimately selling 630,000 digital copies.

2012: Debut, lineup changes, Hippity Hop and "Every Night"[edit]

In April 2012, AB Entertainment announced the departure of original members Yuzi, Dami, and Haeryung. AB said in a statement that Yuzi and Dami left the group to focus on their studies, while Haeryung left to pursue an acting career.[10][11] They were replaced by Solji, a former member of vocal duo 2NB, and Hyerin, who was considered to be part of EXID's original lineup before she was dropped.[12][13]

With the new members, EXID returned in August 2012 with their comeback single "I Feel Good" and their first EP Hippity Hop.[14] Hippity Hop debuted at number 13 on the Gaon Albums Chart, selling 1,500 copies. On October 2, EXID returned with a new digital single "Every Night", an alternate version of LE's self-written song "Phone Call" which was recorded in their debut EP.[15] "Every Night" debuted at number 43 on the Gaon Singles Chart, selling 105,000 digital copies.

On October 11, EXID released the song "Hey Boy" as part of the soundtrack release for MBC’s sitcom, The Thousandth Man. The song is the female version of B1A4‘s main title song, “Hey Girl“. Producer Shinsadong Tiger rearranged the song into a "reggae style" to create a different approach from B1A4′s original version.[16]

It was revealed on November 30, 2012 that EXID along with Big Star and D-Unit, would be working together on a special collaboration album in addition to a special year-end concert.[17] The concert, titled "The Bugs Show Vol. 1", was subsequently held on December 22 at the V-Hall in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea.[18] On December 6, EXID won the rookie award at the “20th Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards”. In their acceptance speech, the group said “We are so happy and honored to receive such a meaningful award. We will continue to try our best and grow."[19][20]

2013–present: Dasoni sub-unit, "Up & Down", and rise in popularity[edit]

On February 8, 2013, EXID released the single "Up & Down" from the Incarnation of Money soundtrack, and it was announced shortly afterwards that Hani and Solji would be taking part in a sub-unit called "Dasoni".[21] The sub-unit released their debut single "Goodbye" on February 15, 2013 which also included the song "Said So Often".[22]

It was announced in June 2014 that the members had signed an exclusive contract with Yedang Entertainment and were preparing a comeback with Shinsadong Tiger who would be taking the reins in terms of producing their album.[23]

On August 24, EXID held their comeback showcase at the Ilchi Art Hall, performing their new song "Up & Down".[24] The song was released on August 27 and initially charted poorly, failing to make it on the top 100 on the Gaon Chart; though it peaked at number 94 on the domestic chart.[25] However, the song slowly gained popularity in late November after a fan-cam of member Hani performing the song went viral on Korean social networking websites.[26][27] This lead to the song to shoot back up on the music charts, eventually climbing up into the top 10 on the real-time charts and topping the Gaon Chart.[28][29][30] Due to the success, EXID returned to several music programs to promote "Up and Down".[31] The song was subsequently nominated for a first place award on Show! Music Core, The Music Trend, and M Countdown, in which they won the latter on January 8, 2015 for the first time since the group's debut.[32][33][34] On January 9, the group won its first public broadcast music program award at KBS's Music Bank.[35] The Music Bank win was followed up by a win at the January 11's edition of SBS's Inkigayo.[36]



EXID currently has five members: Solji, LE, Hani, Hyerin, and Junghwa. Solji (Heo Solji 허솔지) is a former member of the vocal duo 2NB, and also released solo singles in 2008. She was the vocal trainer for the group before becoming a member. She has provided guide vocals for several songs, including Ailee's "U&I" and Hong Jin-young's "Boogie Man", and sang part of the chorus of Dal Shabet's song "B.B.B". LE (Ahn Hyojin 안효진) was a former member of the underground rap team Jiggy Fellaz under the name of Elly. She was featured in "Whenever You Play That Song", a duet with Huh Gak, before EXID's debut. Hani (Ahn Heeyoun 안희연) was a former JYP Entertainment trainee.[1] She provided narration in C-Clown's song "Cold" and appeared in the music video for Mad Clown's song "Fire". Hyerin (Seo Hyerin 서혜린) was a trainee at Joy Dance - Plug In Music Academy before being signed to a contract under KeyEast. She participated in Superstar K3. She initially did not make the final cut for EXID but joined the group during its lineup changes. Junghwa (Park Junghwa 박정화) was a former JYP Entertainment trainee,[1] and appeared in the music videos for "Whenever You Play That Song" by Huh Gak and LE and the Wonder Girls song "Tell Me".


EXID has three former members: Yuzi (Jung Yuji 정유지), who was the group's original main vocalist, and Dami (Kang Hyeyeon 강혜연) and Haeryung (Na Haeryung 나해령), who were both sub-vocalists. Prior to debuting, Haeryung and Yuzi were trainees under JYP Entertainment.[1] Shortly after the group's debut, Haeryung left to pursue an acting career and the other two left to continue their studies.[11] The three re-debuted as members of BESTie approximately a year later, with Dami assuming her birth name, Hyeyeon, and with Yuzi adopting the stage name UJi.


Members Predebut 2012 2013 2014 2015
February April June August
  • Predebut is in violet.


Main article: EXID discography


Main article: EXID filmography


Year Award Category Result Source
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Rookie Award Won [37]
2012 Arirang's Simply K-Pop Awards Super Rookie Idol of the Year Won
2015 4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Hot Trend Award Won [38]

Music programs[edit]

The Show[edit]

Year Date Song
2015 January 13 "Up & Down"[39]

M Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2015 January 8 "Up & Down"[40]
2015 January 15 "Up & Down"[41]

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2015 January 9 "Up & Down"[42]
2015 January 16 "Up & Down"[43]


Year Date Song
2015 January 11 "Up & Down"[44]


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