EXO is a South Korean-Chinese boy band produced by S.M. Entertainment that debuted in 2012. EXO comprises twelve members who are separated into two subgroups. EXO-K and EXO-M. The former releases music in South Korea, while the latter promotes music in mainland China. EXO’s name was taken from EXOPLANET, a term referring to planets outside of the Solar System.
Park Chan Yeol (Korean: 박찬열; Hanja: 朴燦烈), more often credited as simply Chanyeol, is the main rapper of the group. Chanyeol was born on November 27, 1992 (age 21) in Seoul, South Korea. He attended Hyundai Chungun High School in Dong-gu, Ulsan and was admitted to a private acting institution when he was sixteen years old. Chanyeol has been a fan of musical instruments since his primary school years and has cited the film School of Rock to be his main influence in inspiring him to learn the drums.
During middle school, Chanyeol formed the band “Heavy Noise” with his friends. After winning second place in a televised uniform modeling contest in 2008,Chanyeol successfully auditioned for S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. Casting System. During this time, he was involved in his school’s band, “Seiren.” He made several media appearances prior to his debut with Exo, includingTVXQ’s music video, “HaHaHa Song” with Suho and Kai in 2008, and in 2010, he starred in the music video of Girls’ Generation Japanese single, “Genie”. He was also featured in Girl’s Generation TTS TWINKLE along with Kai, Sehun, and Baekhyun.
Chanyeol was the twelfth and last member of EXO to be formally introduced to the public, on February 23, 2012. He cites Jason Mraz and Eminem to be his biggest influences. Chanyeol guest starred in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom, Royal Villa, with fellow member Sehun. He also appear in K.Will’s M/V You Don’t Know Love with actor Lee Hojung.
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