Sing for You (EP)

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Sing for You
EXO Sing for You.jpg
Digital cover artwork
EP by EXO
Released December 10, 2015 (2015-12-10)
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 17:07
Language
Label
Producer
EXO chronology
Exodus
(2015)Exodus2015
Sing for You
(2015)
Ex'Act
(2016)Ex'Act2016
Singles from Sing for You
  1. "Lightsaber"
    Released: November 11, 2015
  2. "Sing for You"
    Released: December 10, 2015
  3. "Unfair"
    Released: December 10, 2015

Sing for You is the fourth extended play by South Korean-Chinese boyband EXO. It was released by SM Entertainment in Korean and Chinese versions on December 10, 2015. The album held the record as the fastest selling album in the history of South Korean album sales chart Hanteo,[1] until it was overtaken by Exo's third studio album Ex'Act in June 2016.[2]

Background and release[edit]

On November 24, 2015, EXO was confirmed to be releasing their second winter special album, after Miracles in December (2013).[3] Teaser images for the album began to be released from December 2. The album's track list, including four new songs and a bonus track "Lightsaber", previously released as a single in November, was announced on December 7. Finally, the mini-album was released digitally and physically on December 10.

Promotion[edit]

On December 10, 2015, shortly after Sing for You was released, EXO held a showcase with an audience of 1,500 to promote the album at Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea. The showcase was live streamed using the mobile application V and afterwards set the record as the most-watched live stream ever on the application.[4] Exo began performing the songs "Sing for You" and "Unfair" on Korean music shows from December 12 and 18 respectively.[5][6] They also added these songs to the setlist of their second solo concert tour The Exo'luxion starting from the Singapore show on January 9, 2016.

Singles[edit]

On November 4, 2015, EXO was announced to be releasing "Lightsaber", a promotional song for the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens in South Korea, as part of the collaboration project between S.M. Entertainment and Walt Disney.[7] A teaser video for the song was released on November 8,[8] followed by its music video and digital release on November 11.[9] "Lightsaber" was later announced to be included in Sing for You as a bonus track on December 7. Exo performed the song for the first time at the 17th Mnet Asian Music Awards. The song peaked at number 9 on Gaon's digital chart.[10]

A teaser video for the album's title song "Sing for You" was released on December 8.[11][12] The song was released along with the EP as well as its music videos on December 10. It peaked at number 3 on Gaon's digital chart[13] and achieved "triple crown", winning first place three times on KBS's weekly music show Music Bank.

Commercial performance[edit]

Both versions combined, Sing for You broke the record previously held by Exodus, Exo's second studio album, as the album with the biggest first-week sales recorded by the Korean album sales monitoring website Hanteo with over 267,900 copies.[1] Individually, the album's Korean and Chinese versions debuted at number 1 and 2 respectively on both Gaon's weekly and monthly album charts,[14][15] and later landed at number 2 and 7 respectively on its yearly album chart for 2015.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Korean version
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Unfair" (불공평해)Deanfluenza
  • Deanfluenza
  • Beat & Keys
3:02
2."Sing for You"Kenzie
3:55
3."Girl x Friend"
  • Je Yi-kyu
  • Seo-lim
  • Ji Ye-won
3:42
4."On the Snow" (발자국)Ryu Da-som
3:23
5."Lightsaber"
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
3:05
Total length:17:07
Chinese version
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Unfair" (偏心)Deanfluenza
  • Deanfluenza
  • Beat & Keys
3:02
2."Sing for You" (爲你而唱)Kenzie
3:55
3."Girl x Friend" (女 x 友)
  • Je Yi-kyu
  • Seo-lim
  • Ji Ye-won
3:42
4."On the Snow" (脚印)Ryu Da-som
3:23
5."Lightsaber" (光剑)
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
3:05
Total length:17:07

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Country Sales
Korean
version
Chinese
version
South Korea (Gaon)[15] 331,976+ 176,239+
Japan (Oricon)[18] 20,773+ 8,923+

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Nominated work Category Result
Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Sing For You Artist of the Year (Album) - 4th Quarter Won

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Sing for You" Music Bank (KBS) December 18, 2015
December 25, 2015
January 1, 2016

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
South Korea December 10, 2015
  • CD
  • Digital download
Worldwide Digital download SM Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EXO Sell 267,900 Copies Of 'Sing For You' In 1st Week, Break Record Set By 'EXODUS'". KpopStarz. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  2. ^ Lee Da-hye (June 12, 2016). ""엑소, 엑소를 넘었다" 정규 3집 앨범 '이그잭트', 발매 3일만의 역대 초동 1위 기록". Asia Today (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "SM Entertainment confirms EXO's special winter album!". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  4. ^ "EXO sets an all-time record on Naver's 'V' app with 'Sing For You' comeback showcase". allkpop. Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  5. ^ "EXO, Lovelyz come back + more on December 12th 'Show! Music Core'!". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  6. ^ "EXO to perform their other title track 'Unfair' on music shows!". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  7. ^ "EXO to release new collaboration track 'Lightsaber' for 'Star Wars'!". allkpop. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  8. ^ "EXO releases teaser for 'Lightsaber,' a collaboration project with 'Star Wars'". allkpop. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  9. ^ "EXO flash lightsabers for 'EXO x Star Wars' collaboration project". allkpop. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  10. ^ "2015년 47주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  11. ^ "EXO 'Sing for You' in MV teaser!". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  12. ^ "EXO stand under snow to 'Sing for You' in new MVs!". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  13. ^ "2015년 51주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  14. ^ a b "2015년 51주차 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  15. ^ a b c "2015년 12월 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  16. ^ a b "2015년 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  17. ^ "オリコン週間 CDアルバムランキング 2015年12月14日~2015年12月20日". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  18. ^ a b "オリコン月間 CDアルバムランキング 2015年12月度". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  19. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-26.

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