Wolf (Exo song)

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"Wolf"
Single by Exo
from the album XOXO
ReleasedMay 30, 2013 (2013-05-30)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2013
Genre
Length3:52
LabelS.M. Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Kenzie, Nermin Harambasic, Zhou Weijie
Producer(s)Will Simms, Kenzie
Exo Korean and Chinese singles chronology
"Mama"
(2012)
"Wolf"
(2013)
"Growl"
(2013)
Music video
"Wolf" (Korean Ver.) on YouTube
"Wolf" (Chinese Ver.) on YouTube

"Wolf" (Korean: 늑대와 미녀 (Wolf) nukdae wa minyo, lit. 'Wolf and the Beauty (Wolf)'; Chinese: 狼与美女 (Wolf) lang he meinu) is a song recorded by South Korean boy band EXO for their first studio album XOXO. It was released in Korean and Chinese by S.M. Entertainment on May 30, 2013. The song is the first EXO song that was recorded by all twelve members.

Background[edit]

"Wolf" was composed by Will Simms, Nermin Harambasic from Dsign Music and S.M. Entertainment resident songwriter Kenzie. Kenzie also provided the lyrics for the Korean version of the song while Zhou Weijie penned the lyrics for the Mandarin Chinese version, "狼与美女". Yoo Young-jin provides background vocals. The song is produced by Will Simms and Kenzie, and is described as a Dubstep inspired Hip-hop song that tells a tragic love story between a werewolf and a beauty.

The dance for the song was choreographed by Tony Testa. In several shows such as Arirang's After School Club, the members explain that the dance has 3 elements: the trees and forest, the caves, and the wolf itself. Member Kris revealed that it took them approximately 3 to 4 months to get the choreography down, due to its level of difficulty.

A demo version of the song was leaked in February 2013, in response to which producer Ryan Jhun later gave a warning to illegal downloaders on May 29, 2013, "...I will report it to FBI and service department for all links...".[1]

Release and promotions[edit]

On May 30, 2013, the Korean and Chinese versions of the music video for "Wolf" were released.[2]

EXO started promoting for the song on Korean music program on May 30, 2013.[3]

Both song versions were released digitally on June 3, 2013. The first performance of the Mandarin version of the song was aired on a popular Chinese variety show Happy Camp in mid-June.[4]

Music videos[edit]

On May 30, 2013, the Korean and Chinese versions of the music video for "Wolf" were released.[5] The music videos features the performance of the song by the members.

Reception[edit]

The song reached number ten on Gaon Digital Chart, number 25 on Korea K-Pop Hot 100, and number four on Billboard US World Digital Songs.

"Wolf" earned EXO their first win on South Korean music programs. It won first place 4 times in total.

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Region Sales
South Korea (Gaon)[9] 534,603

Accolades[edit]

Music program awards[edit]

Program Date
Music Bank (KBS)
June 14, 2013
Show! Music Core (MBC)
June 15, 2013
Inkigayo (SBS)
June 16, 2013
Show Champion (MBC Music)
June 19, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXO's producer gives illegal downloaders a warning". Allkpop. May 29, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "EXO releases "Wolf" MV!". Allkpop. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "EXO to become "Wolf" boys for their title track + first comeback stage on May 30th | allkpop.com". allkpop. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  4. ^ "EXO to head to China for their first performance of "Wolf" on 'Happy Camp'". Seoul: Allkpop. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "EXO releases "Wolf" MV!". Allkpop. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 Gaon Digital Chart – Week 24". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  7. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 – June 15, 2013". Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  8. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart – August, 2016". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  9. ^ Cumulative sales for "Wolf":