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South Korean singer, main vocalist of Exo
In this Korean name, the family name is Kim.
Kim Jong-dae (born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage name, Chen, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy bandExo and its subgroup Exo-M, and has since further participated in SM Entertainment's projects Exo-CBX and SM the Ballad. He is predominantly known for his role as the main vocalist of Exo. Apart from his group's activities, Chen has also recorded songs for various television dramas, most notably "Best Luck" for It's Okay, That's Love (2014) and "Everytime" for Descendants of the Sun (2016).
In 2019, Chen debuted as a solo singer with the extended play April, and a Flower, which peaked at number two on South Korea's Gaon Album Chart and spawned the hit single "Beautiful Goodbye". Continuing the success, his second extended play Dear My Dear accompanied by the single "Shall We?" was released later the same year and charted at number one upon release.
Life and career
1992–2014: Early life and career beginnings
See also: Exo (band) and SM the Ballad
Chen was born on September 21, 1992, in Daejeon and grew up in the Jeongwang-dong neighborhood of Siheung. He became a trainee at SM Entertainment through the company's Casting System in 2011 at the age of 19. On December 29, 2011, he was formally introduced as the fourth member of Exo. He made his first public appearance as an Exo member alongside Luhan, Tao, and Kai at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon.
In 2014, Chen joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM Entertainment in 2010. On the group's second album Breath, he sang the Chinese version of the lead single "Breath" with Zhang Liyin. He also sang a duet with f(x)'s Krystal titled "When I Was... When U Were...", and "A Day Without You" with Shinee's Jonghyun. Chen performed his duets with Krystal and Jonghyun live at the SM the Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.
In July 2014, Chen released his first solo song since debut titled "The Best Luck" as an original soundtrack for the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which stars his fellow Exo member D.O.. "The Best Luck" was awarded the "Best OST by a Male Artist" and "Best OST Song" at the 5th So-Loved Awards and the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival respectively. Chen was also invited as a special performer at the 3rd APAN Star Awards on November 11, 2014, where he performed the track live.
2015–2018: Solo activities and Exo-CBX
See also: Exo-CBX
In June 2015, Chen co-wrote the lyrics for "Promise," a song from the reissued edition of Exo's second studio album Exodus, along with fellow members Chanyeol and Lay. In August 2015, he made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Benny in the SM C&C production In the Heights. He also participated in and became the runner-up in the eleventh round of the music television show King of Mask Singer under the alias "Legendary Guitar Man".
In January 2016, Chen performed John Lennon's song "Imagine" with world-renowned pianist Steve Barakatt at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, as part of UNICEF's "Imagine Project." In February, Chen and South Korean singer Punch released a duet titled "Everytime" as a soundtrack for the KBS drama Descendants of the Sun. The song debuted at number one on Gaon's weekly digital chart. In April, Chen and South Korean rapper Heize released "Lil' Something", a song produced by Vibe member Ryu Jae-hyun, as the ninth weekly single of SM Entertainment's Station music project.
In August 2016, Chen collaborated with fellow Exo members Xiumin and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the SBS drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. In October, he collaborated with DJ Alesso on another song for the Station project titled "Years". Later in October, together with Baekhyun and Xiumin, Chen became a member of Exo's first sub unit Exo-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended playHey Mama!.
In January 2017, Chen collaborated with Dynamic Duo in a song titled "Nosedive", becoming the first artist to be featured in the group's collaboration project "Mixxxture". The song reached number two on the Gaon Digital Chart. In February, he released an original soundtrack titled "I'm Not Okay" for the MBC drama Missing 9 in which his fellow Exo member Chanyeol played a supporting role.
In March, Chen was accepted into the advertisement media MBA program at Hanyang Cyber University. In July, he was revealed to have co-written the lyrics for the tracks "Touch It" and "Ko Ko Bop" from Exo's fourth studio album, The War. In November, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer 10cm on a song titled "Bye Babe" for the second season of SM Entertainment's station project. In December, Chen wrote the lyrics for "Lights Out" from Exo's EP Universe, which he performed alongside fellow members Suho, Baekhyun, and D.O..
On October 16, 2018, Chen released an original soundtrack titled "Cherry Blossom Love Song" for the drama 100 Days My Prince, in which fellow Exo member D.O. played the lead role. He and Chanyeol also participated in writing lyrics for "Love Shot", the title track from the reissued edition of Exo's fifth studio album, Don't Mess Up My Tempo.
2019–present: Solo debut and military service
On February 7, 2019, Chen released an original soundtrack titled "Make It Count" for the drama Touch Your Heart. On March 8, SM Entertainment confirmed that Chen was preparing for his first solo album, which was set to be released in April. Named April, and a Flower and consisting of six songs, the album was released on April 1 with the title song "Beautiful Goodbye". He also participated in writing the lyrics for one of the songs, "Flower".April, and a Flower peaked at number 2 on South Korea's Gaon Album Chart.
In May, Chen collaborated with South Korean singer Onestar for a single titled "May We Bye". In July, he was featured on Ailee's song "Love" from her album Butterfly. On October 1, Chen released his second mini-album, Dear My Dear with six songs including the title track "Shall We?". He participated in writing the lyrics for "My Dear", one of the songs on the album.Dear My Dear debuted at number 1 on the physical album chart and iTunes top album charts in a total of 36 different countries.
On January 23, 2020, Chen and Dynamic Duo released another collaboration song titled "You". In September, he released an original soundtrack titled "Your Moonlight" for the drama Do You Like Brahms?. On October 16, Chen released a digital single titled "Hello", before announcing that he was set to enlist for his mandatory military service. He enlisted as an active duty soldier on October 26.
On January 13, 2020 Chen announced his upcoming marriage to a non-celebrity, with a private ceremony attended by both of their families. It was also announced that Chen's fiancée was pregnant. Their first child, a daughter, was born on April 29.
Main article: Chen discography
For his work with Exo and Exo-CBX, see Exo discography and Exo-CBX discography.
- Extended plays
Main articles: Exo videography and Exo-CBX § Videography
Awards and nominations
See also: List of awards and nominations received by Exo and Exo-CBX § Awards and nominations
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Fans reacted with support and love following reports that K-pop idol Chen, of EXO, welcomed his first child into the world
- K-pop idol Chen, who is a member of boy group EXO, reportedly had his first child on April 29, which his company, SM Entertainment, confirmed per Soompi.
- He announced in January 2020 that he was soon to be married and expecting a child with his fiancée.
- Fans reacted on social media with overwhelming support, congratulating Chen.
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Chen, whose real name is Kim Jong-dae, has welcomed his first child into the world alongside his wife. A member of EXO, one of the biggest K-pop boy bands in the world, Chen announced in January 2020 that he was not only getting married, but that his wife was pregnant with their first child. "I have a girlfriend I want to spend the rest of my life with... a blessing came my way," Chen wrote in a letter to fans, per a translation by Soompi. On April 29, Soompi reported that SM Entertainment, the entertainment company to which Chen is signed, had confirmed that Chen had given birth to a daughter.
Fans of Chen and his group, EXO, were quick to celebrate the news on social media, responding with overwhelming support, working todrown out any negative discussions. In January, The Korea Herald reported on a protest some EXO fans held outside an SM Entertainment complex in Gangnam in which they demanded that Chen leave EXO as a result of the announcement. At the same time, many fans were quick to express their support for Chen with hashtags like #AlwayswithCHEN or #EXOLBelievesInEXO9, referring to the fandom's name, EXO-L, and the nine current members of EXO.
That support has largely carried over to news of Chen's daughter, with many EXO-Ls and Soondingies — the name Chen gave to his fans — taking to social media to show an outpouring of love and support, trending #종대야_축하해 (which means "Jongdae, congratulations") and #WelcomEXOPrincess worldwide.
Many were also quick to point out the serendipitous timing: Chen first debuted as a member of EXO in April 2012, and later debuted as a soloist with his album "April, and a Flower" in April 2019.
While there was a bit of friction due to negative hashtags, fan discussion on Twitter was overwhelmingly supportive, with many highlighting the needto respect Chenand his family's privacy.
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Irka grabbed the second gang and settled on a bench, thrusting her feet into a basin of water and slowly pouring herself out of the other. Bliss. Grandfather burst into the dressing room, noisily shaking off his raincoat.【TVPP】 Chen(EXO) - Drunken Truth, 첸(엑소) - 취중진담 @King of Masked Singer
And joyful anticipation of future metamorphoses flowed into me. For some reason I still lived, and fell into unconsciousness, where indescribable words of pleasure endless succession smoothly flow from one to another: From this bliss I was. Pulled out by an angry whisper: Well, you ve touch here. Don't stop.
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For two weeks I lived like a godfather to the king. Everything was fine, no one disturbed, did not bother, and then the call. The hostess showed up: - I'll come tomorrow evening. Remember our agreement.