5 things to know about Baekhyun, the K-pop star of Exo and SuperM fame

Happy birthday, Baekhyun! We decided to throw you a virtual party … of facts. Photo: handout

K-pop sensations Exo jolted into the public consciousness in 2012 with debut EP “Mama” – propelled by the title track’s hit music video – before going on to make history with million-selling follow up “XOXO” a year later, South Korea’s bestselling album in 12 years.

Baekhyun’s role in the nine-piece group is considered pivotal by many fans, as he is known for his vocal talent as well as his soft, puppy-like looks. In celebration of Baekhyun’s 28th birthday on May 6, here are five things you probably didn't know about the lovable singer – who is also a member of supergroup SuperM.

Exo’s members keep busy while Xiumin and D.O. are in the army

Exo line up – from left to right, Chanyeol, D.O., Lay, Kai, Suho, Chen, Xiumin, Baekhyun and Sehun – at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

He only trained for four months before jumping in the deep end

K-pop trainees are known to be given basic singing and dancing lessons for years before being picked to join any group, or team. Baekhyun however, only trained for a mere four months before the planning executives thrust him into Exo to prepare for his debut, no doubt a testament to his skills, potential and professionalism.

He is active as the creative director of a fashion brand


Streetwear label Privé Alliance’s brand director Danyl Geneciran reached out to SM Entertainment as he was looking for an artist who was willing to commit to a collaboration, and not just act as a token, hype-building face. The company then suggested Baekhyun who has since been working as the brand’s co-creative director and launching his own Privé by BBH.

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Both his duets with female artists have reached an ‘all-kill’ on charts

Both Baekhyun’s 2016 duet with Suzy, Dream, and his duet with Soyou a year later, Rain, peaked at No 1 across all of South Korea’s mainstream streaming platforms, making him the first SM Entertainment artist to achieve an “all-kill” each year – a difficult feat given that his company has a fierce reputation for producing hits.

He has already made his small-screen debut

Baekhyun played the adorable prince Wang Eun in K-drama series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, in 2016, alongside IU and Lee Joon-gi. Although his role was a minor one, he was able to showcase a more diverse side of himself.

Baekhyun showed another side of his talents acting in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Photo: SBS

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A solo comeback is in the works

Following his success as a solo artist last year’s “City Lights” EP, SM Entertainment has confirmed that Baekhyun is preparing for a new album in late May, and that he will be taking part more actively in the production process, leaving fans eager to see what he will deliver.

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The million-selling singer, who turns 28 on May 6, is loved for his role in two of K-pop’s biggest boy groups, but here are five lesser-known facts about the puppy-faced superstar