Kai (entertainer, born 1994)
Kai at Incheon Airport in 2018
|Pronunciation||[kim t͡ɕo̞ŋ in]; keem-jong-een|
January 14, 1994
Suncheon, South Jeolla, South Korea
|Education||School of Performing Arts Seoul|
Kai was born on January 14, 1994, in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. He began dancing when he was eight years old. He originally did jazz dance, but after watching The Nutcracker he began to train in ballet while in the third grade. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and the piano.
After participating in the SM Youth Best Contest with the encouragement of his father, he won and signed with the company in 2007 at thirteen years old. He began training in hip hop after joining SM Entertainment.
2011–15: Career beginnings
Kai was the first Exo member to be formally introduced to the public on December 23, 2011. He made his first televised performance alongside fellow EXO members Luhan, Chen and Tao as well as other SM Entertainment artists at the year-end music program SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, 2011.
In October 2012, Kai participated in the promotional group Younique Unit alongside labelmates Eunhyuk, Henry, Hyoyeon, Taemin and Luhan. The group released a single titled "Maxstep" as part of the collaboration between SM Entertainment and Hyundai. Later in December 2012, he joined the dance group SM The Performance, along with fellow member Lay, TVXQ's Yunho, Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Donghae, Shinee's Minho and Taemin. The group first made its appearance at the event SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, and performed their single "Spectrum". The single was officially released the next day.
2016–present: Acting career
In January 2016, he made his official acting debut as the male lead in the web drama Choco Bank, which achieved record-breaking viewership. In December 2016, he starred in two episodes of the special web drama First Seven Kisses which was produced by Lotte Duty Free.
In January 2017, Kai was announced to be starring as the male lead in the KBS teen drama Andante, playing a high school student. In February 2017, he was cast in the Japanese drama Spring Has Come, based on the Japanese novel of the same name. The drama marks the first time a non-Japanese actor taking a lead role on a drama produced by the broadcasting station WOWOW.
In December 2017, Kai was chosen as the cover model for December's issue of The Big Issue, which is a magazine known for helping the homeless. The magazine sold out 20,000 copies within the first two days, and until now, 80,000 copies have been sold, which records the highest number of copies sold since the magazine's start in July 2010.
|As lead artist|
||Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet|
(as part of Younique Unit)
|2012||228||—||N/A||PYL Younique Volume 1|
|As featured artist|
(Taemin featuring Kai)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2012||To the Beautiful You||Himself||SBS||Cameo; episode 2|
|2015||Exo Next Door||Himself||Naver TV Cast||Recurring; Fictional version of himself|
|2016||Choco Bank||Kim Eun-haeng||Web drama; lead role|
|First Seven Kisses||Kai||Main role; episodes 4-5|
|2017||Andante||Lee Shi-kyung||KBS2||Lead role|
|2018||Spring Has Come||Lee Ji-won||WOWOW||Lead role; Japanese drama|
|Miracle That We Met||Ato||KBS2||Supporting role|
|2012||"Maxstep" (as part of Younique Unit)|
|2014||"In Summer" (remake; Deux)|
- Hwang Hyo-jin (May 1, 2012). "EXO-K: My name is 카이, 세훈" [EXO-K: My name is Kai, Sehun]. TenAsia (in Korean).
- "엑소 카이, 어릴적 꿈 이뤘다…'발레리노'로 로맨틱한 변신". Star Naver (in Korean). May 27, 2014.
- "외계소년 EXO-K, 매력탐구대백과사전-수호, 카이, 디오편(인터뷰②)". Joy News24 (in Korean). June 5, 2012.
- "SM 신인티저 공개 두팀 베일벗다, 신비로운 멤버 카이(KAI)만 공개" [SM unveils first member, Kai, of mysterious rookie group]. Newsen (in Korean). December 23, 2011.
- "꽁꽁 감춰뒀던 SM 소속 신예그룹 EXO 'SBS 가요대전' 통해 공개" [S.M.'s rookie group EXO made debut in the SBS Gayo Daejun]. Newsen (in Korean). December 29, 2011.
- "현대자동차-SM엔터테인먼트 'PYL 유니크' 앨범 발표". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). October 16, 2012.
- "SM launches a subunit boy band". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 1, 2013.
- "SM 최고 퍼포머 뭉쳤다, SM더퍼포먼스 '스펙트럼' 음원공개". Newsen (in Korean). December 30, 2012.
- Grace Danbi Hong (August 14, 2014). "SHINee's Taemin Highlights First Solo Album 'ACE'". Mwave. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
- "Kai to star in Web drama". Kpop Herald. January 11, 2016.
- "'Choco Bank' featuring EXO's Kai teaches viewers about finance". Kpop Herald. February 15, 2016.
- "Web drama 'Choco Bank' tops weekly charts". Kpop Herald. February 24, 2016.
- "Lotte Duty Free to release a web drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 23, 2016.
- "EXO's Kai to star with Jeong Da-bin in 'Andante'". Kpop Herald. January 11, 2017.
- "EXO's Kai gets rebellious in 'Killing School'". Kpop Herald. January 19, 2017.
- "EXO's Kai to star in Japanese TV drama". Kpop Herald. March 1, 2017.
- "엑소 카이, 일본드라마 '봄이 왔다'로 첫 주연…넓혀가는 연기돌 행보". Naver (in Korean). Xports News. March 1, 2017.
- "[문화광장] '빅이슈', 엑소 카이 재능 기부에 최다 판매". Naver (in Korean). KBS. December 12, 2017.
- "EXO's Kai to join new KBS drama". Kpop Herald. February 26, 2018.
- Peak positions on Gaon Digital Chart:
- "World Digital Songs : Page 1". Billboard.
- 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.
- "2014년 35주차 Download Chart (see #29)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.
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