This is not a drill! Kai of South Korean pop group EXO is set to release a solo album this year. The said news was confirmed by a representative of their agency, SM Entertainment.
“It’s true that Kai is preparing for his solo debut,” Korean entertainment website Allkpop translated.
Reports said that the album is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2020. As of this writing, there are no further details about the solo debut.
Kai, 26, will be the fifth member of EXO to make a solo debut, after Lay, Chen, Suho, and Baekhyun. Prior to this, he has discussed his plans for a solo album in a January interview with GoGoBoi.
“First of all, there are plans. A lot of fans have been anticipating it but this is the first time I’m saying this clearly,” he said.
“I hope everybody can look forward to it,” he added.
Hashtags “KAI_IS_COMING,” “KaiSoloIsComing,” “KIM JONGIN,” and “KAI WORLD DOMINATION” immediately trended on Twitter.
EXO, one of South Korea’s major K-pop group, debuted in April 2012, and since then, the group has been releasing hits including “Love Shot” “Koko Bop,” “The Eve,” and ”Monster.”
The group was supposed to visit the country in February to mark the 8th anniversary of South Korean cosmetics brand Nature Republic. However, the event has been cancelled amid concerns over the 2019 novel coronavirus.
In 2016, the boy group first visited Manila for their 2-day concert EXO’luXion. The group held another 2-day concert the following year with EXO’RDIUM. In 2018, they returned for a one-day show as part of their concert tour, “Exo Planet #4 – The ElyXiOn.” This was followed by 2-day concert in 2019, which is part of EXO’s fifth world tour, “EXO Planet #5 – The EXplOration.”
Aside from EXO, Kai is also a member of its sub unit Exo-K and South Korean supergroup Super M.