Ex'Act

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Ex'Act
EXO EXACT cover.jpg
Digital and Lucky One version cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2016
August 18, 2016 (repackaged edition)
Recorded2016
StudioSM Studios, Seoul
Genre
Length41:19
48:20 (repackaged edition)
Language
LabelSM Entertainment
ProducerLee Soo-man (exec.), LDN Noise
Exo chronology
Sing for You
(2015)
Ex'Act
(2016)
For Life
(2016)
Repackaged edition cover
Lotto digital and Korean version cover artwork
Lotto digital and Korean version cover artwork
Singles from Ex'Act
  1. "Lucky One"
    Released: June 9, 2016
  2. "Monster"
    Released: June 9, 2016
Singles from Lotto
  1. "Lotto"
    Released: August 18, 2016

Ex'Act is the third studio album by South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo. It was released by SM Entertainment in Korean and Chinese versions on June 9, 2016. The album was re-released under the title Lotto on August 18, 2016. Ex'Act is the third consecutive studio album by Exo to have sold over 1 million copies, and their fourth album to have won the Mnet Asian Music Award for Album of the Year.

Background and release[edit]

On May 31, 2016, Exo was announced to be releasing their third studio album.[1] On June 2, it was revealed that the album's title was Ex'Act and Exo would be simultaneously promoting two singles, "Lucky One" and "Monster", with different visual concepts that correspond with the two versions of physical packagings for the album.[2]

On June 7, 2016, it was revealed that notable music producers including Kenzie, The Stereotypes, and Dem Jointz participated in the production of the album, and member Chanyeol co-wrote the lyrics for the track "Heaven".[3] Ex'Act and the music videos for its singles were released on June 9.

A re-packaged edition of the album, titled Lotto, was released on August 18, 2016. The edition adds four new songs including "Lotto", "Can't Bring Me Down", "She's Dreaming" which was written by member Chen, and a remix of "Monster" by LDN Noise.[4]

Promotion[edit]

A promotional showcase for Ex'Act was held at Olympic Hall, Seoul on June 8, 2016.[5] Exo began performing the album's singles on South Korean music television programs on June 9.[6] They embarked on their third headlining concert tour The Exo'rdium in July 2016.[7]

Exo began promoting the repackaged edition Lotto by performing the title track on South Korean music television programs on August 19. Member Kai was absent from promotional activities due to an injury he sustained during the concert tour.[8]

"Lotto" was deemed "unfit for broadcast" by KBS, MBC and Mnet, thus was promoted with modified lyrics under the alternative title "Louder" on these TV channels.[9]

Singles[edit]

"Monster" and "Lucky One" peaked at number one and three respectively on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart,[10] and at number one and five respectively on the Gaon weekly digital chart.[11] "Monster" went on to win first place nine times in total on South Korean weekly music television shows.

"Lotto" debuted at number two on the Gaon weekly digital chart[12] and at number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart.[13] The song went on to win first place seven times in total on South Korean weekly music television shows.

Commercial performance[edit]

Ex'Act[edit]

Prior to its release, Ex'Act received a record-breaking pre-order by retail outlets of over 660,000 physical copies.[14] Three days after its release, the album became the fastest selling album in the history of South Korean album sales chart Hanteo at the time with over 450,000 physical copies sold, breaking the record previously held by Exo themselves' fourth extended play Sing for You.[15]

The Korean and Chinese versions of the album debuted at number one and two respectively on the Gaon weekly album chart.[16] Both versions combined, the album debuted and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard World Albums chart.[10]

On October 22, 2017, it was revealed by The Korean Music Copyright Association that "Monster" by Exo was the most streamed song in 2016 on two major South Korean music sites, Melon and Genie. The titled song collected 190,898,389 and 36,688,492 million total streams in Melon and Genie respectively, thus crowning Exo as the most streamed group in 2016.[17]

Lotto[edit]

The Korean and Chinese versions of Lotto debuted at number one and two respectively on the Gaon weekly album chart.[18] By the end of August 2016, Ex'Act had collectively sold 1,136,104 copies, becoming the third consecutive studio album by Exo to have sold over 1 million copies.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Ex'Act – Korean version[20]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Lucky One"
3:47
2."Monster"
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:41
3."Artificial Love"
  • JQ
  • Seolim
  • Ji Ye-won
  • Timothy "Bos" Bullock
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • MZMC
4:05
4."Cloud 9"Misfit
4:01
5."Heaven"
3:45
6."White Noise" (백색소음)Seo Ji-eum
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:32
7."One and Only" (유리어항)Park Seong-hee
3:49
8."They Never Know"Jo Yoon-kyung
  • Paul "MARZ" Thompson
  • De-Capo Music Group & Rod Bonner
  • Jamil "Digi" Chammas
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • Leven Kali
  • Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
  • MZMC
3:33
9."Stronger" (sung by Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, D.O.)
3:39
10."Lucky One" (Instrumental) 
  • LDN Noise
  • Andrew Choi
  • Adrian Mckinnon
3:47
11."Monster" (Instrumental) 
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:40
Total length:41:26
Lotto – Repackaged album (Korean version)[21]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Lotto"
3:09
2."Lucky One"
3:47
3."Monster"
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:41
4."Artificial Love"
  • JQ
  • Seolim
  • Ji Ye-won
  • Timothy "Bos" Bullock
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • MZMC
4:05
5."Can't Bring Me Down"Young-hu Kim
3:06
6."Cloud 9"Misfit
4:01
7."Heaven"
3:45
8."She's Dreaming" (꿈; sung by Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O.)Chen
  • Jay Kim
  • Erin Kim
  • Im Kwang-wook (Devine Kei)
4:06
9."White Noise" (백색소음)Seo Ji-eum
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:32
10."One and Only" (유리어항)Park Seong-hee
  • Joe "Joe Millionaire" Foster
  • Carl "Chips" Days Jr.
  • Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
3:49
11."They Never Know"Jo Yoon-kyung
  • Paul "MARZ" Thompson
  • De-Capo Music Group & Rod Bonner
  • Jamil "Digi" Chammas
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • Leven Kali
  • Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
  • MZMC
3:33
12."Stronger" (sung by Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, D.O.)
3:39
13."Monster (LDN Noise Creeper Bass Remix)"
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
4:05
Total length:48:20

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Country Sales
Ex'Act Lotto
Korean
version
Chinese
version
Korean
version
Chinese
version
South Korea (Gaon)[25] 551,750 248,325 244,502 120,238
Japan (Oricon)[26] 24,679 7,210

Accolades[edit]

Award Nominated work Category Result
Melon Music Awards Ex'Act Album of the Year Nominated
"Monster" Best Male Dance Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Ex'Act HotelsCombined – Album of the Year Won
"Monster" HotelsCombined – Song of the Year Nominated
Golden Disk Awards Ex'Act Disk Bonsang Won
Disk Daesang Won
"Monster" Digital Bonsang Nominated
Gaon Chart Music Awards Ex'Act (Korean ver.) Artist of the Year (Album) – 2nd Quarter Won
Ex'Act (Chinese ver.) Nominated
Lotto (Korean ver.) Artist of the Year (Album) – 3rd Quarter Won
Lotto (Chinese ver.) Nominated
"Monster" Artist of the Year (Digital) – June Nominated

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Monster" M Countdown (Mnet) June 16, 2016
June 23, 2016
June 30, 2016
Music Bank (KBS) June 17, 2016
June 24, 2016
July 1, 2016
Inkigayo (SBS) June 19, 2016
June 26, 2016
Show Champion (MBC) June 22, 2016
"Lotto"
(Louder)
M Countdown (Mnet) August 25, 2016
September 1, 2016
Music Bank (KBS) August 26, 2016
September 2, 2016
Inkigayo (SBS) August 28, 2016
September 4, 2016
Show Champion (MBC) August 31, 2016

Release history[edit]

Edition Date Region Format Label
Ex'Act
June 9, 2016 South Korea CD, digital download
Worldwide Digital download S.M. Entertainment
Lotto
August 18, 2016 South Korea CD, digital download
  • S.M. Entertainment
  • KT Music
Worldwide Digital download S.M. Entertainment

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