EXO Delays Winter Album In Respect of Jonghyun’s Passing
EXO suspends winter album release in reverence for the departed soul of senior label mate Jonghyun.
EXO shows what brotherhood means in SM Entertainment by putting on hold their traditional winter album to prioritize paying tribute to SHINee’s Jonghyun.
SM Entertainment, the agency to both EXO and SHINee, announced that the release of EXO’s 2017 winter album, “Universe”, would be postponed until December 26. The album was originally planned to be released on December 21, but is temporarily halted amidst Jonghyun’s disheartening demise.
Apart from EXO’s album release, several artists from SM Entertainment cleared out schedules to send off the cherished main vocalist of SHINee. Leader of girl group Girls’ Generation, Taeyeon, deferred her fan meeting slated for December 19. Former H.O.T member Kangta and NCT members Johnny and Jaehyun were also absent from individual radio programs. Furthermore, non-SM Entertainment artists, such as Jung Sewoon and Yong Junhyung’s V-Live broadcasts were put off until further notice.
In related news, lamenting over the loss of their beloved brother, SHINee posted a heartfelt goodbye message through twitter.
“Jonghyun is the best artist who loves music, enjoys the stage and cherishes communicating with fans through music.” “We will remember you forever.”
Kim’s private memorial service is set up at Seoul Asan Medical Center for family and close friends starting December 19. Following South Korean tradition, Onew, Taemin, Minho and Key took the role of receiving the guests and primary mourners of their departed member.
Among the celebrities who visited earliest were SM CEO Lee Soo Man, famous diva BoA and members of Girls’ Generation who were grief stricken from the unfortunate event. Idol groups EXO, BTS and NCT also made time to bid farewell. SHINee’s agency also arranged a special memorial service for multitudes of fans to say goodbye to their beloved idol.