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Park Chanyeol

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Park Chan-yeol
Park Chan-yeol at 1st Asia Artist Awards.jpg
Chanyeol in November 2016
Born Park Chan-yeol
(1992-11-27) November 27, 1992 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Relatives Park Yoo-ra (sister)
Musical career
Years active 2012–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 박찬열
Hanja 朴璨烈
Revised Romanization Bak Chan-yeol
McCune–Reischauer Pak Ch'an-yŏl

Park Chan-yeol (born November 27, 1992),[1] better known by the mononym Chanyeol, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. He debuted in 2012 as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-unit EXO-K.

Early life

Park Chanyeol was born in Seoul, South Korea. He attended Hyundai High School in Apgujeong-dong, Seoul. He has a sister named Park Yoo-ra, who is currently an announcer at South Korean broadcasting station YTN,[2] and previously at MBC. Chanyeol was admitted to a private acting institution when he was sixteen years old, where he became good friends with Block B's P.O.[3]

After watching School of Rock in elementary school, Chanyeol became interested in music and he soon began playing the drums.[4] Chanyeol wanted to be a singer after listening to Unconditional Kismet by Yoo Young-jin.[5] When he was a first year student in middle school, he formed a band called "Heavy Noise" with his best friends and played with them for about three years.[6] During his first years of high school, he was involved in his school's band, "Siren".

Chanyeol has cited Jason Mraz and Eminem as his biggest influences, though he was a fan of rock bands like Muse, Green Day, Nirvana, and X-Japan in middle school.[7]

Chanyeol became a trainee under SM Entertainment after winning second place in the 2008 Smart Model Contest. While training under S.M., he began to turn his focus towards rapping. Prior to his debut, Chanyeol made cameo appearances in TVXQ's "HaHaHa Song" music video and Girls' Generation's "Genie" music video in 2008 and 2010 respectively.


2012–14: Career beginnings

Chanyeol became the last Exo member to be officially introduced to the public on February 23, 2012. The group official debuted on April 8, 2012 with the extended play Mama. In April 2012, he made a guest appearance in Girls' Generation-TTS's music video for their debut single "Twinkle". In October 2013, Chanyeol joined the cast of SBS's reality TV show Law of the Jungle during its filming in Micronesia.[8] He also composed and recorded an original soundtrack titled "Last Hunter" for the show in 2015 after rejoining the show.[9]

In 2014, Chanyeol wrote the rap for the Korean version of the track "Run" from Exo's second extended play Overdose and was featured in label-mates Henry's second extended play and Zhou Mi's debut EP.[10][11] In May 2014, he became a regular cast member of the first season of SBS's reality TV show Roommate. He left the show in September 2014 due to schedule conflicts.[12]

2015–present: Acting and songwriting

In April 2015, Chanyeol made his big screen debut with a supporting role in the South Korean film Salut d'Amour, which starred Park Geun-hyung and Youn Yuh-jung.[13] He later starred as the male lead alongside actress Moon Ga-young and fellow Exo members in the web-drama Exo Next Door.[14] In June 2015, Chanyeol, along with fellow Exo members Chen and Lay, co-wrote the Korean version of the track "Promise" from Love Me Right, the re-released version of Exo's second studio album.[15] He later wrote the rap for "Lightsaber", Exo's promotional single for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was subsequently included in their third extended play Sing for You.[16]

In April 2016, Chanyeol wrote and performed the rap for the song "Confession" from Yesung's debut extended play.[17] In Exo's third studio album Ex'Act, which was released in May 2016, he co-wrote the lyrics for the track "Heaven".[18] In June 2016, Chanyeol starred alongside Yuan Shanshan and label-mate Seohyun in the South Korean-Chinese film So I Married an Anti-fan. He and Yuan Shanshan also recorded a duet titled "I Hate You" as the theme song for the movie.[19] In October 2016, Chanyeol and American R&B singer Tinashe were featured in American hip hop group Far East Movement and American electronic musician Marshmello's song "Freal Luv".[20][21] In December 2016, Chanyeol and South Korean singer Punch collaborated on an original soundtrack titled "Stay With Me" for tvN's drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.[22] The song reached number three on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart.

In January 2017, Chanyeol played a supporting role in MBC's drama Missing 9.[23] In February 2017, it was reported that he had allegedly registered himself as a music producer under the pen name "LOEY" with the Korea Music Copyright Association.[24] Later in February, Chanyeol collaborated with South Korean singer Junggigo on a duet titled "Let Me Love You".[25]

Personal life

Along with fellow EXO members Suho and Baekhyun, Chanyeol attends Kyung Hee Cyber University and take online classes for Culture and Arts Department of Business Administration.[26]

Chanyeol is currently attending a graduate school at Inha University where he's taking an Interior designing course.[27]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

V Chart


As lead artist
"Delight" 2014 N/A N/A Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"If We Love Again"
(with Chen)
2016 38 N/A Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Part 32
"Let Me Love You"
(with Junggigo)
2017 16 Across the Universe
As featured artist
"Bad Girl"
(Henry featuring Chanyeol)
2014 75 N/A N/A Fantastic
(Zhou Mi featuring Chanyeol)
5 N/A Rewind
"Don't Make Money"
(Heize featuring Chanyeol)
2015 43 Unpretty Rapstar 2 Semi-final Part 1
(Yesung featuring Chanyeol)
2016 133 Here I Am
"Freal Luv"
(Far East Movement and Marshmello
featuring Chanyeol and Tinashe)
[A] Identity
Soundtrack appearances
"Last Hunter" 2016 N/A N/A
Law of the Jungle OST
"I Hate You"
(with Yuan Shanshan)
11 So I Married an Anti-fan OST
"Stay With Me" (with Punch) 3 12 9 3
  • KOR: 1,515,902+[41]
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Notes: Billboard's China V Chart was first issued in November, 2015.
Billboard Philippine Hot 100 was first issued on June 12, 2017.


  1. ^ "Freal Luv" charted at number 6 on the Gaon International Digital Chart.[39]



Title Year Role Notes
Salut d'Amour 2015 Min-sung Supporting role
So I Married an Anti-fan 2016 Hoo Joon Lead role

Television dramas

Title Year Network Role Notes
High Kick! 2008 KBS2 High school student Cameo; episode 71
To The Beautiful You 2012 SBS Himself Cameo; episode 2
Royal Villa 2013 jTBC Himself Cameo; episode 2
Exo Next Door 2015 Naver TV Cast Chanyeol Main role
Missing 9 2017 MBC Lee Yeol Supporting role

Television shows

Title Year Network Role Note
Law of the Jungle 2014 SBS Recurring cast Episodes 90-94
Roommate SBS Main cast Season 1
Law of the Jungle 2015 SBS Recurring cast Episodes 175-177

Music videos

Title Year Ref.
"1-4-3 (I Love You)" (Acoustic version; Henry Lau featuring Chanyeol) 2013 [42]
"I Hate You" (with Yuan Shanshan) 2016 [43]
"Freal Luv" (Far East Movement & Marshmello featuring Chanyeol & Tinashe) [44]
"Stay with Me" (with Punch) [45]
Guest appearances
"Hope" (remake; H.O.T) 2014 [46]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Exo Next Door Won [47]
Hallyu Star Award Won
2016 16th Top Chinese Music Awards[48] Most Popular Foreign Idol N/A Won [49]
2017 5th YinYueTai VChart Awards Best Collaboration (with Yuan Shanshan) I Hate You Won [50]
Most Popular Artist (South Korea) N/A Won
Asia Model Festival Awards Asia OST Popularity (with Punch) Stay With Me Won [51]


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