Ex'Act

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EX'ACT
EXO-EXACT-The-3rd-Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)
Recorded2016
GenreK-pop
Length41:19
LanguageKorean, Chinese
LabelS.M. Entertainment, KT Music
ProducerLee Soo-man
Exo chronology
'Sing for You
(2015)
EX'ACT
Singles from EX'ACT
  1. "Lucky One"
    Released: June 9, 2016
  2. "Monster"
    Released: June 9, 2016

Ex'Act (stylized as EX'ACT) is the third studio album of the Chinese-South Korean boy band EXO. The album was released in Korean and Chinese by S.M. Entertainment on June 9, 2016.

Background and release[change | change source]

On May 31, 2016, EXO announces it will release their third studio album.[1] On June 2, it was revealed that the album title would be Ex'Act and EXO would be promoting two singles, "Lucky One" and "Monster" with different visual concepts that correspond to the two versions of physical packaging for the album.[2]

On June 7, 2016, it was revealed that producers of notable music including Kenzie, The Stereotypes and Dem Jointz participated in the production of the album, and the member of EXO, Chanyeol, co-wrote the letter song "Heaven".[3] Ex'Act and two music videos of "Lucky One" and "Monster" was released on June 9.

Promotion[change | change source]

A promotional showcase for Ex'Act, was held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on June 8, 2016.[1] EXO began performing the album's singles music programs in South Korea on June 9.[4]

Commercial performance[change | change source]

Before its release, Ex'Act received a record as the most pre-sold more than 660,000 physical copies album.[5] Three days after its release, the album became the album fastest selling recorded by the sales list Hanteo more than 450,000 physical copies sold, breaking the record previously held by EXO himself as his fourth EP Sing for You.[6] In YouTube, "Monster" became the second video of K-pop more seen for 24 hours, achieving 4.52 million views after "Gentleman" of PSY. He also became a music video of K-pop boyband most watched, beating "Loser" of Big Bang.

Tracklist[change | change source]

Ex'Act – Korean version[7]
No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Lucky One"  
  • JQ
  • Seolim
  • Jam Factory
  • Choi Jin-seon
  • Jang Yeo-jin
  • LDN Noise
  • Andrew Choi
  • Adrian Mckinnon
3:47
2. "Monster"  
  • Kenzie
  • Deepflow
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:41
3. "Artificial Love"  
  • JQ
  • Seolim
  • Ji Ye-won
  • Timothy "Bos" Bullock
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • MZMC
4:05
4. "Cloud 9"  Misfit
  • Dem Jointz
  • Ericka Coulter
  • Deez
  • Ryan S. Jhun
4:01
5. "Heaven"  
  • The Stereotypes
  • Clarence Coffee Jr.
  • Kim Tae-seong
3:45
6. "White Noise" (백색소음)Seo Ji-eum
  • LDN Noise
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:32
7. "One and Only" (유리어항)Park Seong-hee
  • Joe "Joe Millionaire" Foster
  • Carl "Chips" Days Jr.
  • Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
3:49
8. "They Never Know"  Jo Yoon-kyung
  • Paul "MARZ" Thompson
  • De-Capo Music Group & Rod Bonner
  • Jamil "Digi" Chammas
  • Adrian Mckinnon
  • Tay Jasper
  • Leven Kali
  • Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
  • MZMC
3:33
9. "Stronger"  
  • Jam Factory
  • Jung Joo-hee
  • Agnes Shin
  • Andreas Öberg
  • Gustav Karlstrom
3:39
10. "Lucky One" (Instrumental) 
  • LDN Noise
  • Andrew Choi
  • Adrian Mckinnon
3:47
11. "Monster" (Instrumental) 
  • Kenzie
  • LDN Noise
  • Rodnae "Chikk" Bell
3:40
Total length:
41:19

Sales[change | change source]

Country Sales
Korean
version
Chinese
version
South Korea (Gaon)[8] 524,823+ 242,432+
Japan (Oricon)[9] 15,454+ 5,215+

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Music program awards[change | change source]

Song Program Date
"Monster" M! Countdown (Mnet) June 16, 2016[10]
June 23, 2016[11]
June 30, 2016[12]
Music Bank (KBS) June 17, 2016[13]
June 24, 2016
July 1, 2016[14]
Inkigayo (SBS) June 19, 2016[15]
June 26, 2016[16]
Show Champion (MBC) June 22, 2016[17]
Region Date Format Label
South Korea June 9, 2016
  • CD
  • Digital download
Worldwide Digital download S.M. Entertainment

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lee Eun-jung (May 31, 2016). "엑소, 6월 정규 3집으로 컴백…대규모 쇼케이스". Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  2. "엑소 "이번엔 더블 타이틀곡" …'Monster' 'Lucky One'으로 매력 어필". DongA (in Korean). June 2, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  3. Jo Hyun-joo (June 7, 2016). "'글로벌 대세' 엑소, 이번에도 가요계 평정 예고". Tenasia (in Korean). Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  4. Kim Soo-min (June 9, 2016). "'엠카' 엑소, 방송 최초 컴백 무대 예고…더블 타이틀 선보인다". Sports Korea (in Korean). Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  5. Jung Ji-won (June 8, 2016). "엑소 신드롬의 시작…음반 선주문량 66만장 돌파". Xsports News (in Korean). Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  6. Lee Da-hye (June 12, 2016). ""엑소, 엑소를 넘었다" 정규 3집 앨범 '이그잭트', 발매 3일만의 역대 초동 1위 기록". Asia Today (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ex'Act by Exo". United States: iTunes Store. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. "Gaon Album Chart, June 2016". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  9. "オリコン月間 CDアルバムランキング 2015年12月度". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  10. crystalcove (2016-06-16). "EXO Takes "Monster" 1st Win on "M!Countdown," Performances From DIA, CLC, Jonghyun, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  11. ilmare42 (2016-06-23). "Watch: EXO Grabs 5th Win For "Monster" On "M!Countdown," Performances By SISTAR, EXID, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  12. "EXO win #1 + Performances from June 30th 'M! Countdown' in New York special! | allkpop.com". Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  13. crystalcove (2016-06-17). "EXO Takes "Monster" 2nd Win On "Music Bank," Performances By MONSTA X, SS301, DIA, CLC, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  14. kokoberry (2016-07-01). "Watch: EXO Gets 9th Win With "Monster" On "Music Bank," Performances By Taeyeon, SISTAR, EXID, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  15. jun2yng (2016-06-19). "EXO Wins No. 1 On "Inkigayo" With Perfect Score For "Monster"". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  16. jun2yng (2016-06-26). "EXO Wins Yet Again With "Monster" On "Inkigayo"; Performances By SISTAR, Babylon, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  17. ilmare42 (2016-06-22). "Watch: EXO Takes 4th Win For "Monster" On "Show Champion," Performances By EXID, Luna, U-KISS, And More". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-06-24.