What U Need?

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"what U need?"
What U need cover.jpg
Single by Lay
from the album Lose Control
ReleasedOctober 7, 2016
FormatDigital download
StudioZhang Yixing studio
LabelS.M. Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Lay, CC
Producer(s)Devine Channel, Lay
Lay singles chronology
"what U need?"
"Lose Control"
Music video
"what U need?" on YouTube

"what U need?" is a single recorded by Chinese singer Lay for his debut extended play Lose Control . It was pre-released on October 7, 2016 by S.M. Entertainment as a birthday gift for Lay's fans.[1][2]

Background and release[edit]

Produced by Devine Channel and Lay, "what U need?" is described as a "Pop-R&B" song with lyrics about being overwhelmed by a loved one.[3][4]

Music video[edit]

"what U need?" music video was released on October 7, 2016. It features Lay with backup dancers dancing the song's choreography.[5]

Live performance[edit]

Lay performed "what U need?" for the first time on October 9 at the 2016 Asia Song Festival in Busan, South Korea.[6][7] "what U need?" was performed together with "Lose Control" at the SMG New Year's Eve Gala 2017 in Baoshan Sports Centre, Shanghai on December 31, 2016.[8]


"what U need" stayed at #1 on the Alibaba Real Time Music Chart in China for three consecutive weeks. 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.[9]

The song hit the #4 spot on the China V Chart as well as in Billboard's World Digital Songs. Additionally, the song ranked #1 on Alibaba Year-End Top 40 Music Chart for 2016. It ranked #45 on Xiami's Top 100 Most Popular Singles of 2016 in China.[10]


Chart (2016) Peak


Chinese Singles (Billboard)[11] 4
South Korean singles (Gaon) [A]
US World Digital Songs (Billboard) 4


  1. ^ "what U need?" charted at number 41 on the Gaon International Digital Chart.[12]


Region Sales
South Korea (Gaon)[13] 4,242


  1. ^ MTN. "엑소 레이 솔로곡 '왓 유 니드', 기습 공개로 한-중 팬 동시공략 나선다". MTN (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  2. ^ "레이, 중국 솔로 앨범 수록 곡 생일에 맞춰 선공개". Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ 6, E. Kang October; 2016 (2016-10-06). "Watch: EXO's Lay Asks "What U Need" In First Release From Upcoming Solo Album". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  4. ^ "엑소 레이, 솔로곡 'what U need?' 7일 한중 동시공개". Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  5. ^ "엑소 레이 `what U need(왓 유 니드)`, 中국적 가수 최고 성적 `해외 차트 올킬`". 국제신문. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  6. ^ Han Hyuk-seung (October 9, 2016). "EXO 레이 '솔로로 멋지게'". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "KPOP NEWS – [Video] EXO′s Lay Surprises Fans with ′what U need?′ on Birthday | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "SMG 2017 New Year's Eve Gala". Youtube (video). SMG Shanghai TV Official Channel. Retrieved Dec 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "엑소 레이, 中 가수 중 최고 성적 '해외차트 올킬'". October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "虾米音乐2016最受欢迎单曲Top 100【日韩】_冬天的萝卜歌单 – 虾米音乐". www.xiami.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  11. ^ "what U need? – China V Chart (November 19, 2016)". Billboard chart.
  12. ^ "what U need? – 2016년 41주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.
  13. ^ "2016년 41주차 Download Chart (see #39)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.