Universe (Exo EP)

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Universe
Exo Universe album cover.jpg
Digital cover artwork
EP by
ReleasedDecember 26, 2017 (2017-12-26)
Genre
Length30:45
Language
Label
ProducerLee Soo-man (exec.)
Exo chronology
EXO PLANET #3-The EXO'rDIUM[dot]
(2017)
Universe
(2017)
Countdown
(2018)
Singles from Universe
  1. "Universe"
    Released: December 26, 2017

Universe (HangulUniverse – 겨울 스페셜 앨범, 2017; RRUniverse – gyeoul seupesyeol aelbeom, 2017; lit. Universe - Winter Special Album, 2017) is the sixth extended play by South Korean boy group Exo. It was released by SM Entertainment on December 26, 2017.[1]

Release[edit]

On December 14, 2017, Exo was announced to be releasing their sixth extended play and fourth "winter special" album titled Universe on December 21.[2] Following the death of South Korean singer and Exo's labelmate Jonghyun, a member of SHINee, the album's release was postponed.[3] Universe and the music video for its title track were instead released on December 26, 2017.[4]

Single[edit]

The lead single "Universe" debuted at number one on the Melon Realtime Chart. "Universe", produced by Shin Hyuk and MRey, is described as a rock ballad that talks about how a person will search the universe just to find their lover. The single debuted at number two on the South Korean Gaon Digital Chart. It also topped the Billboard Korea Kpop Hot 100 for the first week of 2018.

Promotion[edit]

Exo performed "Universe" for the first time on December 31 on MBC's year-end show, MBC Gayo Daejejeon.[5]

Reception[edit]

Upon release, Universe was praised by fans for using gender-neutral pronouns such as "me" and "you" instead of "he" and "she" in the lyrics.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted atop the South Korean Gaon Album Chart and at number two on the Billboard World Albums Chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Universe[8]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Universe"Yoon Sa-ra
4:24
2."Universe" (為心導航)So Han
  • Hyuk Shin
  • Mrey
  • JJ Evans
  • Jeff Lewis
4:24
3."Been Through" (지나갈 테니)
  • Park Ji-hee
  • JQ
  • Mike Woods
  • Kevin White
  • Brandyn Burnette
  • Molly Moore
  • MZMC
  • Heavy
  • Rice n' Peas
3:38
4."Stay"
  • JQ
  • Lee Ji-hye
  • Sik-K
3:51
5."Fall"
  • JQ
  • Mola
  • MQ
  • Mike Woods
  • Kevin White
  • Brandyn Burnette
  • Molly Moore
  • MZMC
  • Heavy
  • Rice n' Peas
3:27
6."Good Night"
  • Hyun Ji-won
  • JQ
  • Mike Woods
  • Kevin White
  • Brandyn Burnette
  • Molly Moore
  • MZMC
  • Heavy
  • Rice n' Peas
3:31
7."Lights Out" (sung by Suho, Baekhyun, Chen and D.O.)Chen
  • Bane Scott
  • Ryu
  • Andrew "fiction." Holyfield
  • Jason "Arner" Housman
3:06
8."Universe" (CD version)Yoon Sa-ra
  • Hyuk Shin
  • Mrey
  • JJ Evans
  • Jeff Lewis
4:24
Total length:30:45

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Region Sales
China (Xiami)[18] 208,334+
Japan (Oricon)[19] 20,917+
South Korea (Gaon)[20] 547,943+

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2017 Gaon Chart Music Awards Universe Album of the Year – 4th Quarter Nominated
2018 Melon Music Awards Album of the Year (Daesang) Nominated

Music program awards[edit]

Song Program Date
"Universe" M Countdown (Mnet) January 4, 2018
Music Bank (KBS) January 5, 2018
January 12, 2018
Show! Music Core (MBC) January 6, 2018

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
South Korea December 26, 2017 [21]
Worldwide Digital download, streaming SM Entertainment [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXO Delivers Up Winter Album 'Universe'". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "EXO to drop special winter album 'Universe' next week". The Korea Herald. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "EXO postpones winter album amid passing of singer Kim Jong-hyun". The Korea Herald. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "엑소, 새 앨범 발매 21일→26일로 연기…故 종현 애도[공식]" (in Korean). Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "엑소, MBC '가요대제전'서 신곡 무대 최초 공개" (in Korean). Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "EXO release new video for Universe as fans praise gender neutral album". Metro. December 28, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart – Week 52, 2017". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Universe – Winter Special Album, 2017 by EXO". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "Top Albums Téléchargés". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. December 29, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Universe: 2017 Winter Special Album – Billboard's Japan Hot Albums". January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Oricon Weekly Charts - Universe: 2017 Winter Special Album". January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Oricon Western Albums Weekly Chart - Universe: 2017 Winter Special Album". January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Exo Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Exo Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "Gaon Album Chart – December, 2017". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Gaon Album Chart – Year 2017". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Cumulative sales for "Universe":
  19. ^ "재팬 - 오리콘 위클리 싱글/앨범/DVD/블루레이 차트 1~100위 (갱신완료)". theqoo.net (in Korean). January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Cumulative sales for "Universe":
  21. ^ "Universe – Winter Special Album, 2017 by EXO". Melon. Retrieved December 26, 2017.