Lose Control (EP)

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Lose Control
Lose Control Lay EP.jpeg
EP by
ReleasedOctober 28, 2016
StudioZhang Yixing Studio, China
LanguageMandarin Chinese
LabelSM Entertainment
ProducerZhang Yixing
Lay chronology
Lose Control
Lay 02 Sheep
Singles from Lose Control
  1. "what U need?"
    Released: October 7, 2016
  2. "Lose Control"
    Released: October 28, 2016

Lose Control is the debut extended play by Chinese singer Lay (Zhang Yixing). It was released on October 28, 2016 in South Korea and China by SM Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. The EP features six tracks in total, including the two singles "what U need?" and "Lose Control".

The EP was a commercial success peaking at number 1 on the Gaon Album Chart and 7th of Best-Selling Albums of 2016 and broke seven out of eight Guinness World Records on the YinYueTai China Weekly Charts.[1]

Background and release[edit]

On September 21, 2016 it was announced that Lay would release his first solo album in October.[2] "what U need?" was released on October 7 as Lay's birthday gift for his fans.[3]

On October 21 it was revealed that Lay would release his first mini-album Lose Control on October 28 in South Korea and China and that the album consists of 6 Chinese tracks. The single "what U need?" was included in this mini-album. Lay was a producer, and personally in charge of the composition, arrangement and writing the lyrics of all the songs.[4][5] On October 25, 2016 S.M. Entertainment released a teaser for the music video of "Lose Control". "Lose Control" has officially been released on October 28 through online and regular stores.[6]


The song "Lose Control" stayed as #1 on Billboard's China V Chart for 6 weeks in a row. It also topped "Alibaba Top 100 Weekly Songs" for 14 weeks in a row and ranked #1 on YinYueTai's TOP 100 Songs of 2016.

"what U need?" hit the #4 spot on the China V Chart as well as in Billboard's World Digital Songs. The song reached number one on the Alibaba real time music chart in China. The single and the music video appeared at the top of music charts in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, UK, Turkey, Canada and the United States.[7]


On October 27, Lay held a press conference for the mini-album at Shanghai Town & Country Community in China.[8] Lay performed "what U need?" for the first time on October 9 at the 2016 Asia Song Festival in Busan, South Korea.[9][10] On November 15, Lay made his debut performance on the music program The Show.[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Lose Control broke the record in South Korea for the most sales by a solo artist, with pre-orders surpassing 200,000 copies before the release of a physical album. The amount of orders caused a lack of readily available supplies and not all pre-orders were able to be met on the first day.

The physical album sales exceeded 50,000 copies a day after its release, breaking records for solo artists in Korea.[12] He also broke the record for highest number of physical album sales for a solo artist, on the first weekend have exceeded 97,000, and had sold more than 125,000 in 7 days, the highest first-week sales by a solo artist.[13] Over 1,000,000 copies of the digital album has been sold on Xiami.[14]

The album broke seven out of eight Guinness World Records on the YinYueTai China Weekly Charts.[1] The accompanying music video was #1 on real-time (98.54) and weekly (100.00). The album ranked at #1 for consecutively 6 weeks on the YinYueTai China Weekly Song Charts.[15] The album sold 260,000 physical copies in 2016.[16]

Lose Control became the highest selling album by a solo artist in Gaon Chart's history, having sold 274,238 copies. The album is also the highest selling album by a solo artist in Hanteo charts with 247,660 copies sold. On January 23, 2017, it was revealed that the album sold over 250,000 copies on Hanteo since its release.

Track listing[edit]

1."Lose Control (失控)"Lay, CCDevine Channel, LayDevine Channel, Lay3:31
2."what U need? (你要什么)"Lay, CCDevine-Channel, LayDevine-Channel, Lay4:00
3."Tonight"Wang Ya Jun, Lay, CCDevine-Channel, LayDevine-Channel, Lay3:33
4."MYM"LayCommand Freaks, LayCommand Freaks, Lay, Maeng Yonze4:03
5."MYM" (acoustic version)LayLayLay, Maeng Yonze4:47
6."Relax (守望)"LayDevine-Channel, LayDevine-Channel, Lay4:21
Total length:24:05



Region Sales
South Korea (Gaon)[24] 277,439+
Japan (Oricon)[25] 2,689
China (DL)[26] 1,169,584+

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Producer
South Korea October 28, 2016 CD, digital download SM Entertainment Zhang Yixing
China digital download


Year Award Category Result
2017 5th YinYueTai V Chart Awards Album of the Year Won


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  12. ^ "[브레이크뉴스] 엑소 레이, 'LOSE CONTROL'로 국내 선주문량 20만장 이어 中 차트까지 접수". 브레이크뉴스. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
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  18. ^ "Oricon Album Chart – October Week 5" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
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  20. ^ "Lay Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
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  22. ^ "Vchart Album Sales Chart" (in Chinese). YinYueTai. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "2016 Gaon Album Chart". Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  24. ^ Cumulative sales for "Lose Control":
  25. ^ "Oricon Album Chart – November Week 1". Oricon. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
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