Tempo (Exo song)

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Single by Exo
from the album Don't Mess Up My Tempo
ReleasedNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)
Producer(s)Jamil "Digi" Chammas
Exo singles chronology
"Electric Kiss"
"Love Shot"
Music video
"Tempo (Korean ver.)" on YouTube
"Tempo (Chinese ver.)" on YouTube

"Tempo" is a song by South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, released on November 2, 2018, as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album Don't Mess Up My Tempo. The music video was released on the same date. The Chinese version features member Lay, who has been on an extended hiatus since "For Life" in 2016.

Background and composition[edit]

"Tempo" was called "a rhythmical hip-hop-leaning dance track that showcases a cappella harmonies as they send warnings not to 'mess up his tempo' with their lover".[1] Billboard stated the preview "starts off with a dramatic synth melody, pulsating beat and the phrase 'I can't believe'."[2]


Exo promoted the album and song with teasers throughout October 2018, including a 30-second Tempo Concept short film, showing the band as a biker gang, which was a preview of "Tempo".[2]

Music video[edit]

On February 24, 2019, the Korean music video surpassed 100 million views on YouTube.[3]



Region Sales
China[16] 2,292
Japan[17] 6,627

Awards and nominations[edit]