6 Reasons Why July Will Be A Roller Coaster Ride Of Emotions For EXO-L
EXO-L, take deep breaths and save enough energy this month because you are up for a roller coaster ride in July!
Make a checklist of all the preparations you need, EXO-L, because you only have 15 more days before SM Entertainment tests your sanity through the various activities it has lined up for EXO in the coming month.
July will surely be a month to remember for fans of the boy group as they juggle their time, feels, and money on the group, sub-unit, and solo activities of their favorite boys. So before we welcome the seventh month of the year, allow us here at Hellokpop to recap the events, releases, and other activities of EXO members to help you prepare for the upcoming roller coaster ride ahead.
Buckle your seatbelts and hold on tight to your seats, EXO-L.
July 1: D.O’s Enlistment
Fans of the boy group will start the month with heavy hearts and tears in the eyes as D.O will begin his mandatory military service on July 1.
Shocking everyone with the news, SM Entertainment announced in May that the singer-actor decided to follow the footsteps of his Xiumin hyung and applied for active duty after a discussion with his members. The news came as a surprise to many that the EXO member became a trending topic in South Korea and other countries as well.
Posting on the boy group’s fan café, D.O personally addressed his enlistment news, saying he made the decision with a lot of thought and consideration. He also apologized for not having been the first person to inform them about it as he intended.
D.O also promised to return safely and healthy. He also thanked fans for their continuous support and relayed his hope for them to be happy and healthy.
With his enlistment on July 1, D.O becomes the second member of the boy group to start his mandatory military service following Xiumin.
July 6 and 20: Lay Zhang’s Grand Line Concert in Shanghai and in Nanjing
If you think Lay Zhang is done with his surprises, think again. The singer-songwriter is only starting, because, after the release of Honey this June, he will embark on his first solo concert in July.
The EXO member will kick off his Grand Line concert tour in Shanghai on July 6 and bring his live performances to Nanjing on July 20.
However, for those intending to purchase tickets to the concerts, you might have to catch the Honey singer in another venue or wait for additional dates as the tickets to the Shanghai and Nanjing concerts have been sold out in eight seconds and 25 seconds, respectively.
July 19 to 21, 26 to 28: EXO PLANET #5 – The EXplOration in Seoul
After the successful conclusion of their fourth world tour ElyXiOn in 2018, the boys of EXO will return on South Korea’s concert stage with another superb concert titled EXO PLANET #5 – The EXplOration in July.
The boy group will kick off the concert tour, which is expected to visit other cities worldwide this year, on July 19 at the KSPO Dome. A total of six concerts will comprise the Seoul leg of the tour from July 19 to 21 and from July 26 to 28.
Tickets to EXplOration in Seoul went on sale on June 4 for fan club members and on June 11 for regular ticket selling. As expected, tickets to the show were sold out in less than a second.
Fans of the boys can expect brand new stages and leveled up performances from Suho, Chen, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Kai, and Sehun especially as EXplOration comes after the release of Don’t Mess Up My Tempo and Love Shot albums.
Unfortunately, Xiumin and D.O will be unable to participate in the concerts due to their military enlistment. Lay Zhang will most likely miss the first three shows due to conflict with his solo concert in Nanjing on July 20. For the July 26 to 28 concerts, SM Entertainment has yet to make an announcement regarding the participation of the singer-songwriter.
July: Chanyeol And Sehun’s Sub-Unit
The date has yet to be revealed but expect Chanyeol and Sehun to join the parade of releases for the month of July with their newest release as an official sub-unit of EXO.
A representative from SM Entertainment confirmed that the boys are preparing for their activities as a sub-unit, much to the delight of EXO-L worldwide.
Chanyeol and Sehun showed off their chemistry and harmony through “We Young”, a song from SM Station X 0, a collaboration between SM Entertainment and SK Telecom. The song peaked at the third spot of Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart.
July: Baekhyun’s Solo Debut
Baekhyun will officially become the third member of EXO to debut as a soloist following Lay Zhang in 2016 and Chen in 2019. The highly-awaited debut of the singer, which will come after seven years since debuting in EXO, will also fall in July.
Prior to his solo debut, Baekhyun has released solo singles such as “My Turn to Cry”, “Like Rain, Like Music”, “Take You Home”, and “Psycho”. He also collaborated with various artists including “Dream” with Suzy, “The Day” with K.Will, “Rain” with Soyou, and “Young” with Loco.
The EXO member also showcased his vocal prowess through his soundtrack appearances such as “Dear My Family” for I AM, “Beautiful” for EXO Next Door, and “For You” for Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.
July: EXO On Magazines — Kai for Vogue Korea and Chanyeol and Sehun for W Korea
Aside from music, the members of EXO will also take over the fashion world with Kai’s magazine spread for Vogue Korea and Chanyeol and Sehun’s cover for W Korea.
Ready for July, EXO-L?