Chen (singer)

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Chen at The ElyXiOn in Bangkok on March 16, 2018.jpg
Chen in 2018
Native name김종대
Pronunciation[kim t͡ɕo̞ŋ tɛ] keem-jong-deh
BornKim Jong-dae
(1992-09-21) September 21, 1992 (age 26)
Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Musical career
Years active2011–present
LabelsSM Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jong-dae
McCune–ReischauerKim Chongtae
Stage name
Revised RomanizationChen

Kim Jong-dae (born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Chen, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and a member of the South Korean Chinese boy band Exo, its sub-group Exo-M and its sub-unit Exo-CBX, as well as SM Entertainment's ballad group SM the Ballad. He is predominantly known for his role as the main vocalist in Exo.


2011–2014: Career beginnings[edit]

Chen became a trainee through SM Entertainment's Casting System in 2011 when he was 19 years old. On December 29, 2011, he was formally introduced as the fourth member of Exo. He made his first public appearance as an Exo member alongside Luhan, Tao, and Kai at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon.[1]

In 2014, Chen joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM Entertainment in 2010. On the group's second album Breath, he sang the Chinese version of the lead single "Breath" with Zhang Liyin. He also sang a duet with f(x)'s Krystal titled "When I Was... When U Were...", and "A Day Without You" with Shinee's Jonghyun. Chen performed his duets with Krystal and Jonghyun live at the SM the Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[2]

In July 2014, Chen released his first solo song since debut titled "The Best Luck" as an original soundtrack for the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which stars his fellow Exo member D.O..[3][4] "The Best Luck" was awarded the "Best OST by a Male Artist" and "Best OST Song" at the 5th So-Loved Awards and the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival respectively. Chen was also invited as a special performer at the 3rd APAN Star Awards on November 11, 2014, where he performed the track live.[5]

2015–present: Solo activities and Exo-CBX[edit]

In June 2015, Chen co-wrote the lyrics for "Promise," a song from the reissued edition of Exo's second studio album Exodus, along with fellow members Chanyeol and Lay. In August 2015, he made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Benny in the SM C&C production In the Heights.[6] He also participated in and became the runner-up in the eleventh round of the music television show King of Mask Singer under the alias "Legendary Guitar Man".[7]

In January 2016, Chen performed John Lennon's song "Imagine" with world-renowned pianist Steve Barakatt at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, as part of UNICEF's "Imagine Project."[8] In February 2016, Chen and South Korean singer Punch released a duet titled "Everytime" as a soundtrack for the KBS drama Descendants of the Sun.[9] The song debuted at number one on Gaon's weekly digital chart.[10] In April 2016, Chen and South Korean rapper Heize released "Lil' Something", a song produced by Vibe member Ryu Jae-hyun, as the ninth weekly single of SM Entertainment's Station music project.[11] In August 2016, Chen collaborated with fellow Exo members Xiumin and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the SBS drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.[12] In October 2016, he collaborated with DJ Alesso on another song for the Station project titled "Years".[13][14] Later in October, together with Baekhyun and Xiumin, Chen became a member of Exo's first sub unit Exo-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama!.[15]

In January 2017, Chen collaborated with Dynamic Duo in a song titled "Nosedive", becoming the first artist to be featured in the group's collaboration project "Mixxxture".[16] The song reached number two on the Gaon Digital Chart. In February 2017, he released an original soundtrack titled "I'm Not Okay" for the MBC drama Missing 9 in which his fellow Exomember Chanyeol played a supporting role.[17] In July 2017, it was revealed that Chen participated in co-writing the lyrics for "Touch It" and "Ko Ko Bop", two songs from Exo's fourth studio album, The War. In November 2017, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer 10cm on a song titled "Bye Babe" for the second season of SM Entertainment's station project.[18] In December 2017, Chen wrote the lyrics for "Lights Out" for Exo's EP Universe, which he performed alongside fellow members Suho, Baekhyun, and D.O..[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On February 28, 2017, it was revealed that Chen has been accepted into the advertisement media MBA program at Hanyang Cyber University.[19]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

V Chart
As lead artist
"Up Rising" 2014 N/A N/A Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Though I Loved You" (사랑했지만) 2015 33 N/A 2015 Gayo Daejun Limited Edition
"Breath" (呼吸) (Chinese version)
(with Zhang Liyin)
2014 68 N/A N/A SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"A Day Without You" (하루)
(with Jonghyun)
8 21
"When I Was… When U Were…" (좋았던 건, 아팠던 건)
(with Krystal)
31 44
"Lil' Something"
(with Vibe and Heize)
2016 13 N/A 17 SM Station Season 1
"If We Love Again" (다시 사랑한다면)
(with Chanyeol)
38 Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Part 32
"Years" (Korean Version)
(with DJ Alesso)
5 20 S.M. Station Season 1
"Years" (Chinese Version)
(with DJ Alesso)
[A] 6 N/A
"Nosedive" (기다렸다 가)
(with Dynamic Duo)
2017 2 10 Mixxxture Project Vol.1
"Bye Babe"
(with 10cm)
2017 28 48 N/A 24 SM Station Season 2
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family"
(as part of SM Town)
2012 N/A N/A N/A I AM. OST
"The Best Luck" (최고의 행운) 2014 9 N/A It's Okay, That's Love OST
(with Punch)
2016 1 14 Descendants of the Sun OST
"Beautiful Accident" (美丽的意外)
(with Suho)
4 56 N/A Beautiful Accident OST
"For You" (너를 위해)
(with Baekhyun & Xiumin)
5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"Can't Say Goodbye (I'm Not Okay)" (안녕 못해 (I`m Not Okay)) 2017 21 28 Missing 9 OST
"Cherry Blossom Love Song" (벚꽃연가) 2018 21 26 N/A N/A 100 Days My Prince OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Notes: Billboard's China V Chart was issued in November, 2015.

Alibaba Chart was first issued on July 31, 2016 and discontinued in November, 2017.



Title Year Network Role Notes
Exo Next Door 2015 Naver TV Cast Chen Web drama; minor role

Variety shows[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes
King of Mask Singer 2015 MBC Contestant Episodes 21 and 22
Travel without Manager 2016 Cookat TV Main cast Episodes 1-8

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Ref.
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 [39]
"The Best Luck" 2014 [40]
"No.1" (remake; BoA) [41]
"Everytime (with Punch) 2016 [42]
"Lil' Something (with Vibe and Heize) [43]
"Beautiful Accident" (with Suho) [44]
"Imagine" (as part of UNICEF) [45]
"Bye Babe" (with 10cm) 2017 [46]
"Dear My Family (Live Concert Ver.)" (as part of SM Town) [47]


Title Year Role Notes
In the Heights 2015 Benny Main Role


Year Song Album Lyrics With
2015 "Promise" (Korean & Chinese Versions) Love Me Right Yes Chanyeol, Lay
2016 "She's Dreaming" Lotto Yes N/A
2017 "Ko Ko Bop" The War Yes Chanyeol, Baekhyun, JQ, Hyun Ji-won
"Touch It" Yes Jo Yoon-kyung
"Bye Babe" SM Station Season 2 Yes N/A
"Lights Out" Universe Yes N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Male Artist
The Best Luck
2017 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration with Dynamic Duo
Qoo10 Song of The Year Nominated
9th Melon Music Awards Best Rap/Hip Hop Award with Dynamic Duo Won
2018 7th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – January Nominated

Music programs[edit]


Year Date Song
2017 February 5 "Nosedive"
(with Dynamic Duo)


  1. ^ "Years (Chinese Version)" charted at number 94 on the Gaon International Digital Chart.[32]


  1. ^ "S.M.'s rookie group EXO made debut in the SBS Gayo Daejun". Newsen (in Korean). December 29, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  2. ^ Julie Jackson. "SM ballad artists serenade fans in joint recital". Kpop Herald. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (July 17, 2014). "EXO's Chen Sings Best Luck for It's Ok, It's Love OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Kim, Erika (July 23, 2014). "EXO Chen's Solo OST for It's Okay, It's Love to be Released Today (July 23)". enewsWorld. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  5. ^ tofutraveller. "APAN Star Awards 2014: Winners, Performers & Winning Fashion". Time-Travelling Tofu. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  6. ^ "첸 동우 성규 루나 키 등…뮤지컬 '인 더 하이츠' 캐스팅 [스포츠투데이]" [SHINee, INFINITE, EXO, and f(x) Members Cast in Musical "In the Heights"]. Asiae News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "EXO's Chen Shocks Audience On 'King of Mask Singer' As Legendary Guitar Man". KpopStarz. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  8. ^ Park Soo-young. "엑소 첸, 유명 피아니스트와 합동 무대…아동 캠페인 일환" [EXO's Chen to Perform With World-Renowned Pianist Steve Barakatt for UNICEF]. OSEN. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "EXO's Chen, Punch sing in 'Descendants of the Sun' soundtrack". Kpop Herald. February 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart, Week 9 – 2016". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  11. ^ Kim Ji-young (April 5, 2016). "EXO's Chen to collaborate with Heize". Kpop Herald. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Lee Ji-hae (August 10, 2016). "EXO members to sing drama's sound track". Kpop Herald.
  13. ^ "[POP스포]엑소 첸XDJ 알레소, 10월 7일 콜라보 'Years' 발표(공식)". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  14. ^ "엑소 첸, 스웨덴 유명 DJ 알레소와 콜라보…7일 음원 발표". 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  15. ^ SMTOWN_EN. "[Vyrl] SMTOWN_EN : #EXO's first unit #EXO-CBX 1st mini album 'Hey Mama!' drops Oct 31, 0A". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  16. ^ "Dynamic Duo Teams Up With EXO's Chen on 'Nosedive'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  17. ^ "엑소 첸, '미씽나인' OST '안녕 못해' 오늘밤 공개..찬열 지원". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  18. ^ "EXO's Chen Joins Forces With 10cm for Performance of 'Bye Babe': Watch".
  19. ^ Kim, So-yeon. "Jin of BTS, Chen of EXO enter graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University". Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  20. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. (Subscription required (help)).
  21. ^ Charted songs on Gaon Digital Chart:
  22. ^ Charted songs on Kpop Hot 100:
  23. ^ Charted songs on China V Chart:
  24. ^ Charted songs on Alibaba Music Chart:
  25. ^ 2015년 01주차 Download Chart [1st Week of 2015 Download Chart]. Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Gaon Download Chart, Week 1 – 2016". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  27. ^ "Gaon Download Chart, Week 8 – 2014". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  28. ^ a b "Gaon Download Chart, February 2014". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  29. ^ Cumulative sales for "Lil' Something":
  30. ^ Cumulative sales for "If We Love Again":
  31. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – Week 41". Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  32. ^ "Years (2016)". 2–8 October 2016.
  33. ^ Cumulative sales for "Nosedive":
    • ""Nosedive"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  34. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - November, 2017". Gaon Music Chart.
  35. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Best Luck":
  36. ^ Cumulative sales for "Everytime":
  37. ^ Cumulative sales for "For You":
  38. ^ Cumulative sales for "I'm Not Okay":
    • ""I'm Not Okay"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 12–18 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
    • ""I'm Not Okay"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 19–25 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
    • ""I'm Not Okay"". Gaon Music Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. 26 February – 4 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  39. ^ SMTOWN (2012-04-24), I AM. OST_Dear My Family_Music Video, retrieved October 31, 2018
  40. ^ Stone Music Entertainment (2014-07-28), [괜찮아 사랑이야 OST Part 1] 첸 (CHEN) (EXO) - 최고의 행운 (Best Luck) MV, retrieved October 31, 2018
  41. ^ Mnet K-POP (2014-10-17), Mnet [EXO 902014] 엑소 첸이 재해석한 '보아- No.1' 뮤비/EXO CHEN's 'No.1' M/V Remake, retrieved October 31, 2018
  42. ^ MUSIC&NEW 뮤직앤뉴 (2016-02-24), [MV] CHEN(첸)XPunch(펀치) - Everytime l 태양의 후예 OST Part.2, retrieved October 31, 2018
  43. ^ SMTOWN (2016-04-07), [STATION] 바이브 X 첸 X 헤이즈 '썸타 (Lil' Something)' MV, retrieved October 31, 2018
  44. ^ SMTOWN (2017-05-30), SUHO X CHEN_Beautiful Accident (From Movie '美好的意外')_Music Video, retrieved October 31, 2018
  45. ^ Universal Music India (2015-01-04), Imagine (UNICEF: World Version), retrieved October 31, 2018
  46. ^ SMTOWN (2017-11-03), [STATION] 10cm X CHEN 'Bye Babe' Live Video, retrieved October 31, 2018
  47. ^ SMTOWN (2017-12-29), [STATION] SMTOWN 'Dear My Family (Live Concert Ver.)' MV, retrieved October 31, 2018

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