What a Life (EP)

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What a Life
Exo-SC - What a Life.png
Digital cover
EP by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2019 (2019-07-22)
Recorded2019
Genre
Length20:08
LanguageKorean
Label
Producer
Singles from What a Life
  1. "What a Life"
    Released: July 22, 2019
  2. "Just Us 2"
    Released: July 22, 2019
  3. "Closer to You"
    Released: July 22, 2019

What a Life is the debut extended play by Exo-SC, the second official sub-unit of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo. It was released on July 22, 2019 by SM Entertainment. The EP features six tracks including the three title tracks.[1][2]

Background and release[edit]

On June 5, 2019, it was revealed that Chanyeol and Sehun will be debuting as Exo's second sub-unit and are preparing for an album to be released in July.[3] On June 28, it was announced that the unit will release their first extended play titled What a Life on July 22, which contains six tracks.[4] On July 9, an instrumental teaser of one of the title tracks was released by W Korea following the duo's photo shoot for the magazine.[5] On July 11, the album details were released on Exo's social media accounts.[6] On July 12, it was revealed that the EP will have three title tracks "What a Life", "Just us 2" and "Closer to you".[7] On the same day it was revealed that the EP was produced by Dynamic Duo's Gaeko and Devine Channel.[8] On July 15, two photo teasers of each member were released.[9] On the same day, it was revealed that the duo participated in writing the lyrics and composing the tracks, and that the message of the EP is for youth.[10] A video-call-like video were released of the duo on the same day where they asked the fans to look forward to their album.[11][12] On July 16, two teaser images of the duo together were released.[13] On July 17, three videos of the duo with the album's producers Gaeko and Divine Channel was released were they talked about the making of the album.[14][15][16] On the same day, additional four images were released.[17] On July 18, two teaser images of the duo together were released.[18] On the same day, a teaser for the 3 music videos of the title tracks was released.[19] On July 19, another four teaser images of the duo were released.[20] On July 20, a highlight medley video for the tracks of the album was released,[21] and two teaser images of the duo.[22] On the same day, the music video for "Just us 2" was released prior to the album's release.[23] On July 21, "What a Life" music video teaser was released.[24] On the same day, two teaser images of the singers were released.[25] On July 22, the official music video of "What a Life" was released.[26] On July 23, a vlog by Chanyeol and Sehun of their trip in LA to film "What a Life" music video was released.[27] On the same day, a video of Sehun shooting in LA for What a Life was released.[28] On July 24, a video of Chanyeol shooting for What a Life in LA was released.[29] On July 25, photo shoots of the duo by Naver and Dispatch were released.[30][31] On the same day, a video of Sehun and Chanyeol shooting What a Life was released.[32] On July 26, the official music video for "Closer to You" was released.[33] On July 29, a jacket making video of the duo was released.[34] On July 30, "Closer to You" music video behind photos of Sehun were released.[35] On July 31, behind photos of Chanyeol of "Closer to You" music video were released.[36] On the same day, a cam video of the two members separately of their performances of the three title track on their showcase were released.[37][38][39][40][41][42] A Hidden Film of the duo for the photo shoot in LA was released.[43] On August 1, "Closer to You" behind photos of the duo together were released.[44]

Composition and production[edit]

"What a Life" is described as a hip hop track with a "unique" plucking sound and lyrics containing a message of "Let's all work and play happily".[45]

"Just Us 2" is a hip hop track featuring a piano, soft synthesizers and "cool" melodies, with lyrics that talk about vacationing in a hot summer spot. The track features rapper Gaeko and was composed by the South Korean artist Gray. The lyrics of the song were written by Boi B, Chanyeol and Sehun.[46]

"Closer to You" is a hip hop song with romantic sensibility. It was described as an "impressive" song with an emotional melody and a "highly addictive" chorus, with lyrics expressing the desire to be closer to a person. Chanyeol and Sehun participated in writing the lyrics with hip hop group Rhythm Power member Hangzoo.[47]

Promotion and live performance[edit]

Exo-SC performed "What a Life" and "Closer to You" for the first time on Exo's 5th concert EXO Planet #5 - The EXplOration on July 19, and will continue to do so for all the concerts in the tour.[48]

Exo-SC held a press showcase event on July 22 at MUV Hall in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.[49][50] On the same day, they held a showcase for the fans with Gaeko where they talked about the album, the process of making it and performed "What a Life", "Just Us 2" and "Closer to You".[51]

On July 24, Exo-SC held a fan-sign event in Samseong-dong.[52] On July 25, Exo-SC held a live stream show on the Chinese website Sina Weibo, where they recorded 2.11M concurrent viewers, becoming the first Korean artists to do so.[53] On July 30, the duo held a fan-sign event in Qingdao, China at Hottracks Huangdao City Media Plaza.[54]

On August 1, the singers held a fan-sign event in Seocho.[55] They received their first-ever music show win since debut on August 2, 2019 on KBS's Music Bank.[56] On August 8, Exo-SC held a promotion event in Gwangjang-dong.[57] On August 17, the duo will hold two fan-sign events in Daegu and Busan.[58] On August 18, the singers will hold another two fan-sign events in Gwangju and Daejun.[59]

Commercial performance[edit]

Sales of What a Life on QQ Music exceeded 1M yuan, and it received a Platinum record certification.[60]

Track listing[edit]

Credits taken from Melon and Apple music.[61][62]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."What a Life"
  • Gaeko
  • Devine-Channel
  • Aris Maggiani
  • Devine-Channel
  • Aris Maggiani
3:23
2."Just Us 2" (있어 희미하게; isseo huimihage) (featuring Gaeko)
  • GRAY
  • DAX
3:18
3."Closer to You" (부르면 돼; buleumyeon dwae)
  • Gaeko
  • Devine-Channel
Devine-Channel3:07
4."Borderline" (선; seon)
  • Gaeko
  • Loey
  • Sehun
  • Devine-Channel
  • Mike Dupree
2:39
5."Roller Coaster" (롤러코스터; lolleokoseuteo)
  • Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)
  • Sehun
  • Gaeko
  • Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)
  • Sehun
Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)3:10
6."Daydreamin'" (夢; mèng)
  • Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)
  • Sehun
  • Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)
  • Sehun
Studio 519 (Loey, MQ, Jeon Yong-joon, Yunji)4:31
Total length:20:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
French Digital Albums (SNEP)[63] 29
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[64] 19
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[65] 26
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[66] 43
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[67] 1
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[68] 78
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[69] 32
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard)[70] 10
US World Albums (Billboard)[71] 8

Sales[edit]

Region Sales
South Korea[72] 364,589
China[73] 142,530
Japan[74] 5,436
United States[75] 1,000

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
South Korea July 22, 2019
Various
  • Digital download
  • streaming
SM Entertainment

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