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Xiumin at the Gaon Chart Awards in February 2016
Native name 김민석
Born Kim Min-seok
(1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 27)
Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Alma mater Inchang High School
  • Singer
  • Actor
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 김민석
Revised Romanization Gim Min-seok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Min-sŏk
Stage name
Hangul 시우민
Revised Romanization Siumin

Kim Min-seok (born (1990-03-26)March 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Xiumin, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, its sub-group Exo-M, and its sub-unit EXO-CBX.

Life and career[edit]

1990–2013: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Xiumin was born in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on March 26, 1990.[1] He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing.[2] Xiumin is also known as an avid fan of football,[3] and is an honorary ambassador of the Korea Football Association.[4]

Before Xiumin's participation in S.M.'s Everysing Contest, he had auditioned for JYP in 2008 but was rejected. In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through S.M. Entertainment's Casting System in the same year.

Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo in January 2012. The group officially debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung in the music video for the song "Gone" by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.[5]

2015–present: Acting roles, Exo-CBX[edit]

In January 2015, Xiumin made his musical theatre debut, playing the character of Aquila in the S.M. Entertainment musical School OZ alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Suho and Seulgi.[6] In October 2015, Xiumin played the leading role opposite actress Kim So-eun in the web drama Falling for Challenge.[7] He also released his first solo song since debut titled "You Are the One" as a soundtrack of the web drama.[8] Falling for Challenge was the most watched web drama in South Korea in 2015, reaching 20 million views just after 17 days.[9]

In February 2016, Xiumin was featured in AOA member Jimin's solo single "Call You Bae", and appeared in its music video.[10] In July 2016, he made his big screen debut alongside Yoo Seung-ho in the South Korean film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River.[11] In August 2016, he collaborated with fellow Exo members Chen, and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the television series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.[12] In October 2016, together with Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin became a member of Exo's first official sub unit EXO-CBX.[13] The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama! on October 31.[14]

In July 2017, Xiumin collaborated with NCT member Mark on a single titled "Young & Free" for S.M. Entertainment's digital music project Station.[15] In August, he became a regular cast member on the MBC reality TV show It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets.[16]



Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album



As lead artist
"Breakin' Machine" 2014 N/A N/A Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
As featured artist
"Call You Bae"
(Jimin featuring Xiumin)
2016 5 N/A 5 Non-album single
"Young & Free"
(with Mark)
2017 31 1 6 Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"You Are the One" 2015 62 N/A Falling for Challenge OST
"For You"
(with Baekhyun and Chen)
2016 5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: China's Alibaba Music Chart was first issued on July 31, 2016.



Title Year Role Notes
Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River 2016 Gyeon Supporting role


Title Year Network Role Notes
Exo Next Door 2015 Xiumin Web drama; minor role
Falling for Challenge Na Do-jeon Web drama; lead role


Title Year Network Note
Korea From Above 2017
Mountain TV
Narration with Suho

Television shows[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes
Crime Scene 2 2015 Guest Episodes 5–7
Travel without Manager 2016
Cookat TV
Main cast Episodes 1–8[24]
It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets 2017 Main cast Episodes 1–3

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"You Are The One" 2015
"Call You Bae" (Jimin featuring Xiumin) 2016


Title Year Role Notes
School OZ 2015 Aquila Holographic musical; supporting role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Award for SNS Web Drama[25] Falling for Challenge Won
2017 Click! StarWars Awards Most Popular Singer N/A Won


  1. ^ Lee Soo-ah (2014-03-26). "시우민 생일, 엑소팬 기부 '봇물'…특별한 선물". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  2. ^ "New Exo Member Xiu Min Revealed". enewsWorld. January 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "What if idols were soccer players?". The Korea Herald. June 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Exo′s Xiu Min and Kai Become Honorary Members of KFA". enewsWorld. December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Exo's Xiumin and Kim Yoo Jung Mingle in Jin's 'Gone' MV Making Teaser". enewsWorld. November 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "TVXQ, SHINee, Exo, f(x) to star in hologram musical 'School OZ'". Kpop Herald. January 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Exo's Xiumin, Kim So-eun cast as leads in Web series". Kpop Herald. October 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Exo′s Xiu Min Sings OST for ′Falling for Challenge′". enewsWorld. October 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "지난해 최고 인기 웹드는 '도전에 반하다'". Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  10. ^ "AOA's Jimin to release single with Exo's Xiumin". The Korea Herald. February 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Xiumin to make big screen debut". Kpop Herald. May 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Exo members to sing drama's sound track". Kpop Herald. August 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Exo announces first subunit". Kpop Herald. October 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ SMTOWN_EN. "[Vyrl] SMTOWN_EN : #Exo's first unit #Exo-CBX 1st mini album 'Hey Mama!' drops Oct 31, 0A". Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  15. ^ "엑소 시우민·NCT 마크, 'SM스테이션'으로 스페셜 듀오 결성" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  16. ^ Kim So-yeon (August 15, 2017). "Homebodies Xiumin, Kang Daniel, Yong Jun-hyung go on vacation". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  17. ^ "Gaon Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). 
  18. ^ Charted songs:
  19. ^ "World Digital Songs". Billboard. 
  20. ^ * "2016 Yearly Gaon Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  21. ^ Cumulative sales for "Young & Free":
  22. ^ "2015 Gaon Download Chart – Week 45". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  23. ^ Cumulative sales for "For You":
  24. ^ "[V Report] Exo take to the road without a manager". Kpop Herld. September 3, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Kim Soo-hyun takes top APAN Star honors". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 30, 2015. K-pop singer Xiumin, a member of Exo, also received the Web Drama award for his performance in the web drama series “Falling for Do-jeon.” 

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