Lay (singer)

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Background information
Native name 张艺兴
Birth name Zhang Yixing
Born (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 22)
Changsha, Hunan, China
Genres K-pop, C-pop, dance, pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, dancer, actor, MC
Years active 2006–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Trax (Japan)
Website EXO's official Korean website
EXO-M's official Korean website
EXO's official Japanese website
Korean name
Revised Romanization Lei
McCune–Reischauer Lei
Birth name
Revised Romanization Zhang Yixing
McCune–Reischauer Zhan'g Yixing

Zhang Yixing (Chinese: 张艺兴; pinyin: Zhāng Yìxīng, born on (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 22) in Changsha, Hunan, China), better known as Lay (Korean: 레이), is a Chinese singer and one of the main dancers and vocalists of the popular South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and the main dancer and vocalist of its sub-group EXO-M as well. He is currently signed to S.M. Entertainment in South Korea and Avex Trax in Japan.

Early life[edit]

Lay was a local child star in Hunan, having won third place in a competition hosted by the popular TV program, Star Academy (明星学院) in 2005. He also appeared in an episode of Yue Ce Yue Kai Xin (越策越开心) and Liu Na's variety show, Na Ke Bu Yi Yang (娜可不一样) that same year. At the time of the auditions, he was 16 years old and was studying for his college entrance exams.[1] He attended High School Attached to Hunan Normal University.



Main article: Exo (band)

Lay joined S.M. Entertainment in 2008 after a successful audition with the company's global casting system in Changsha. Lay was formally introduced as a member of EXO on January 17, 2012.[2] He is also associated with the dance group, SM the Performance, with EXO-K's Kai.

Solo activities[edit]

For the June 19th edition of "Music Billboard Charts", Lay was a special temporary MC.[3]


Main article: EXO videography

Radio Programs[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2013 Shindong’s Shim Shim Tapa Special DJ With Xiumin

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Network Title Remarks Ref
2012-2014 HBS Happy Camp Aired on 21 July 2012, 6 July 2013, and 5 July 2014
2013-2014 MBC EXO's Showtime
2014 Mnet XOXO EXO
EXO 90:2014 [4][5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "EXO-M, Dreamers who chase dreams". Entertainment: Shanghai TV Magazine. November 2013. 
  2. ^ "SM releases tenth Exo teaser, featuring Lay". Allkpop. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ "EXO’s Lay to MC for the First Time on Chinese Music Chart Show". Soompi. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  4. ^ (Korean)"엑소, 리얼리티 'EXO 90:2014'…8월 15일 첫방송 확정". Naver. July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Details and image released for EXO's new show 'EXO 90:2014'". Allkpop. July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.