Countdown (Exo album)

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Digital and Blu-ray edition cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)
StudioSM Studios, Seoul, South Korea
ProducerLee Soo-man (exec.)
Exo chronology
Don't Mess Up My Tempo
Singles from Countdown
  1. "Love Me Right ~romantic universe~"
    Released: November 4, 2015
  2. "Lightsaber"
    Released: December 17, 2015
  3. "Coming Over"
    Released: December 7, 2016
  4. "Electric Kiss"
    Released: January 31, 2018

Countdown (stylized COUNTDOWN) is the debut Japanese studio album by South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo. It was released on January 31, 2018 by Avex Trax.[1] The album contains previously released Japanese tracks along with four new songs, including the lead single "Electric Kiss".[2]


On November 4, 2017, Exo was announced to be releasing their first Japanese studio album on January 24, 2018.[3] Ahead of the release of the music video for "Electric Kiss", Exo shared individual member teaser clips from November 18 to November 25 for their upcoming Japanese album.[4] The release was later postponed to January 31, 2018.[5] Member Lay did not participate in this album's recording and promotion due to conflicts with his promotional schedules in China.


Exo performed "Electric Kiss" for the first time on January 26, 2018 on the Japanese morning TV show Sukkiri.[6] On January 27 and 28, Exo added "Electric Kiss" and "Cosmic Railway" to the set list of their tour Exo Planet #4 – The ElyXion in Saitama and Osaka.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted atop the Oricon Weekly Album Chart, making Exo the first international group to have their first single and full album in Japan reach number one on Oricon's weekly chart.[7][8] Countdown also continued in first place on Oricon's daily album chart for three consecutive days after its release, marking first place four times in total during the first week.

According to Oricon, Exo's album recorded an estimated 89,000 units in sales within the first week of release.[9]

On February 9, the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced that Countdown had sold over 100,000 copies and received a gold certification. The album reached the benchmark within only ten days of its release on January 31, 2018.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Electric Kiss"Junji Ishiwatari
  • Obi Mhondere
  • Kyler Niko
  • Evan Berard
2."Coming Over"Amon Hayashi (Digz Inc.)
  • Andreas Öberg
  • Darren Smith
  • Drew Ryan Scott
  • Sean Alexander
3."Love Me Right ~romantic universe~"
  • Oh Yoo Won
  • Kim Dong Hyun
  • Sara Sakurai
  • Hanif Sabzevari
  • Daniel Kim
6."Into My World"Sara Sakurai
  • Joonathan Kettunen
  • Daniel Kim
7."Lovin' You Mo'"Amon Hayashi (Digz Inc.)
  • Kay
  • Avenue 52
  • Darren "Baby Dee Beats" Smith
8."Drop That"
  • MQ (BeatBurger)
  • Jae Shim (BeatBurger)
  • Hidenori Tanaka
  • Shaun
  • Jae Shim (BeatBurger)
  • Andreas Öberg
  • Maria Marcus
9."Run This"Amon Hayashi (Digz Inc.)
  • Mark Alvin Thompson
  • David Anthony Eames
10."Cosmic Railway"Sara Sakurai
  • Steven Lee
  • Tom Hugo
Total length:36:08

Adapted from iTunes.[11]


Chart (2018) Peak
French Download Albums (SNEP)[12] 126
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[13] 1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[14] 1
US World Albums (Billboard)[15] 4


Chart (2018) Position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[16] 31


Region Sales
Japan (Oricon)[17] 123,489


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[18] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan January 31, 2018
Worldwide Digital download, streaming


  1. ^ "EXO(エクソ)JAPAN 1st ALBUM「COUNTDOWN」SPECIAL SITE". yokohama LANDMARK HALL -横浜ランドマークホール-. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ "EXO Drops New Japanese 'Electric Kiss' Music Video Ahead of 'Countdown' Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  3. ^ "EXO announces that it will make their Japanese comeback in 2018 with their 1st full album. - iHeart Korea". iHeart Korea. 2017-11-04. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ "EXO's Upcoming Japanese Title Track Trends Worldwide After Surprise Short MV Release | Soompi". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  5. ^ "EXO(エクソ) OFFICIAL WEBSITE". EXO(エクソ) OFFICIAL WEBSITE (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ "[룩@재팬] "모닝 라이브, 성공적" 엑소, 日 NTV '슷키리' 출연" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  7. ^ "【オリコン】EXO、日本1stアルバム首位 海外グループ初の記録も". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  8. ^ "[Oh! 재팬] 엑소, 日 첫 싱글→정규앨범도 오리콘 주간차트 1위.."해외 최초"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  9. ^ "EXO Tops Weekly Oricon Chart With 1st Japanese Studio Album | Soompi". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  10. ^ EXO's "Countdown" Certified Gold In Japan In Just 10 Days
  11. ^ "Countdown by EXO on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Top Albums Téléchargés". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums | Charts | Billboard JAPAN". Billboard JAPAN (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "2018年01月29日~2018年02月04日 オリコン週間 CDアルバムランキング". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Exo Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "2018 Oricon Yearly Album Chart". Oricon (in Japanese). December 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "【オリコン2018年上半期音楽ランキング】AKB48がV8 乃木坂46・欅坂46がミリオンを記録". Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  18. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved February 10, 2018.

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