Exo's Kai to release solo album eight years after his debut, excited fans say 'God of Dance is coming'
The idol is known for his stellar dancing and performance skills as a part of Exo and SuperM, but he will get the chance to flex his vocal skills in his upcoming solo debut
Exo's Kai is gearing up to make his solo debut later this year, as confirmed by his label SM Entertainment on July 3.
Kai, whose real name is Kim Jong-in, already dabbles in a wide range of areas as a singer, model, actor and dancer. He is the main dancer in Exo and its sub-unity Exo-K, in addition to contributing as a sub-vocalist and sub-rapper and is also a part of the South Korean supergroup SuperM, who has more recently been generating buzz owing to a potential Grammy nomination. Exo, which originally debuted as a 12-member group back in 2012 with the single 'Mama' has gone on to be one of the most successful K-pop acts of modern times. The group featured two sub-units, a Korean and a Mandarin one, sang in three languages across a variety of genres and won several top awards and have had multiple charting releases in addition to breaking and setting a wide array of records over the years.
Of the current Exo lineup, four have already had solo debuts: Baekhyun, Chen, Suho, and Lay. Despite being known largely for his skills as a dancer, Kai is also quite the vocalist himself and the announcement of his upcoming solo project has prompted excited fans to trend #Jongin, #KAI_IS_COMING, and #KaiSoloIsComing, among many other tags. Responding to the initial reports from News 1, SM Entertainment confirmed Kai's solo was in the works, adding, "We will announce the schedule once it is finalized."
Fans could barely contain themselves after hearing the news, with many expressing disbelief that Kai was finally getting a solo debut. One tweeted, "WAIT ITS FINALLY HAPPENING IM SO HAPPY FOR JONGIN BB," another said, "JONGIN WHAT," and one stated, "SH*TS ABOUT TO GET REAL." The Exo fandom, Exo-L, is evidently over the moon, tweeting, "KAI IS COMING," "GOD OF DANCE IS COMING," and "KIM JONGIN WORLD DOMINATION KAI NATION." One Exo-L shared, "Wait hold on wait a minute I thought I was ready but girl let me tell you I WAS NOT, YES KING COME THRUUUUUUU," another shared, "To think I almost got used to the idea of this never happening and we finally f*cking here," and one said, "Literally crying rn!! I'm so happy for Jongin omg Jongin babyy~ I cant wait for your solo album.. my fav voice in EXO, omaigadd omg omg."
Some fans shared their excitement about the Jongin merch that is no doubt on its way, tweeting, "The way Jongin will have his own fan chants and his name glowing in the background," while others joked about SM being notorious for not promoting their artists well enough, stating, "Imagine the fans Jongin has in the industry all streaming and hyping him up better than sm can." Fans also began speculating what kind of music to expect from Kai, with one fan sharing, "If Jongin releases a track like beautiful goodbye......... [rest]." 'Beautiful Goodbye' was a 2019 track from fellow Exo member Chen. A piano-backed break-up ballad would be an interesting choice for a dancer like Kai and would certainly allow him to flex his vocal skills more.
Many fans also congratulated Kai for joining fellow Exo soloists, sharing, "WELCOME TO EXO'S SOLOIST CLUB, KIM JONGIN! Yixing, Jongdae, Baekhyun & Junmyeon established their name in the industry as a solo artist, can't wait how will you show your "own concept that's never seen before". CAN'T F*CKING WAIT." Others wondered who the next solo act would be, with one fan asking, "Then maybe...........Jongdae solo album?" Kim Jong-dae, better known as Chen, has been on a hiatus following his marriage and the birth of his first child, and fans have been patiently awaiting his return to the industry.