Kim Jong-dae (born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Chen, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-unit EXO-CBX, as well as S.M. Entertainment's ballad group SM the Ballad.


2011–14: Career beginningsEdit

Main articles: EXO and SM the Ballad

Chen became a trainee through S.M. Entertainment's Casting System in 2011 when he was 18 years old. On December 29, 2011, he was formally introduced as the fourth member of EXO. He made his first public appearance as an EXO member alongside Luhan, Tao, and Kai at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon.[1] The group officially debuted on April 8, 2012.

In 2014, Chen joined the ballad group S.M. the Ballad, initially formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2010. On the group's 2nd album Breath, he sang the Chinese version of the title track "Breath" with Zhang Liyin. He also sang a duet with f(x)'s Krystal titled "When I Was... When U Were...", and "A Day Without You" with SHINee's Jonghyun. Chen performed his duets with Krystal and Jonghyun live at the S.M. The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[2]

In July 2014, Chen released his first solo song since debut titled "The Best Luck" as an original soundtrack for the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which stars his fellow EXO member D.O..[3] "The Best Luck" was awarded the "Best OST by a Male Artist" and "Best OST Song" at the 5th So-Loved Awards and the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival respectively. Chen was also invited as a special performer at the 3rd APAN Star Awards on November 11, 2014, where he performed the track live.[4]

2015–present: Solo activities and EXO-CBXEdit

See also: EXO-CBX

In June 2015, Chen co-wrote the lyrics for "Promise," a song from the reissued edition of EXO's fourth studio album Exodus, along with fellow members Chanyeol and Lay. In August 2015, he made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Benny in the SM C&C production In the Heights.[5] He also participated in and became the runner-up in the eleventh round of the music television show King of Mask Singer under the alias "Legendary Guitar Man."[6]

In January 2016, Chen performed John Lennon's song "Imagine" with world-renowned pianist Steve Barakatt at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, as part of UNICEF's "Imagine Project."[7] In February 2016, Chen and South Korean singer Punch released a duet titled "Everytime" as a soundtrack for the KBS drama Descendants of the Sun.[8] The song debuted at number one on Gaon's weekly digital chart.[9] In April 2016, Chen and South Korean rapper Heize released "Lil' Something", a song produced by Vibe member Ryu Jae-hyun, as the ninth weekly single of S.M. Entertainment's Station music project.[10] In August 2016, Chen collaborated with fellow Exo members Xiumin and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the SBS drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.[11] In October 2016, he collaborated with DJ Alesso on another song for the Station project titled "Years".[12][13] Later in October, together with Baekhyun and Xiumin, Chen became a member of EXO's first official sub unit EXO-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama!.[14]

In January 2017, Chen collaborated with Dynamic Duo in a song titled "Nosedive", becoming the first artist to be featured in the group's collaboration project "Mixxxture".[15] The song reached number two on the Gaon Digital Chart. In February 2017, he released an original soundtrack titled "I'm Not Okay" for the MBC drama Missing 9 in which his fellow EXO member Chanyeol played a supporting role.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

On February 28, it was revealed that Chen has been accepted into the advertisement media MBA program at Hanyang Cyber University.[17]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

V Chart


As lead artist
"Up Rising" 2014 Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Though I Loved You" 2015 33 2015 Gayo Daejun Limited Edition
"Breath" (Chinese version)
(with Zhang Liyin)
2014 68 SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"A Day Without You"
(with Jonghyun)
"When I Was… When U Were…"
(with Krystal)
"Lil' Something"
(with Vibe and Heize)
2016 13 17 S.M. Station Season 1
"If We Love Again" (with Chanyeol) 38 Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Part 32
"Years" (Korean Version)
(with DJ Alesso)
20 S.M. Station Season 1
"Years" (Chinese Version)
(with DJ Alesso)
(with Dynamic Duo)
2017 2 Mixxxture Project Vol.1
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family"
(as part of SM Town)
2012 N/A I AM. OST
"The Best Luck" 2014 9 8 It's Okay, That's Love OST
(with Punch)
2016 1 14 Descendants of the Sun OST
"Beautiful Accident"
(with Suho)
4 N/A Beautiful Accident OST
"For You"
(with Baekhyun & Xiumin)
5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"Can't Say Goodbye (I'm Not Okay)" 2017 21 Missing 9 OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
China's chart positions are derived from Baidu Weekly Singles Charts.

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Album Song Label Lyrics Peak chart positions
Credited With KOR



Love Me Right
"Promise" (Korean version) S.M. Entertainment Yes Chanyeol & Lay
"She's Dreaming" (Korean version) Yes N/A
"She's Dreaming" (Chinese version) Yes Wang Ya-jun



Title Year Network Role Notes
Exo Next Door 2015 Naver TV Cast Chen Web drama; minor role

Variety showsEdit

Title Year Network Role Notes
Running Man 2013 SBS Guest (with EXO) Episode 171
King of Mask Singer 2015 MBC Contestant Episodes 21 and 22
Travel without Manager 2016 Cookat TV Main cast Episodes 1-8

Music videosEdit

Title Year Ref.
"Dear My Family" (as part of SM Town) 2012 [36]
"The Best Luck" 2014 [37]
(with Punch)
2016 [38]
"Lil' Something"
(with Vibe and Heize)
"Beautiful Accident"
(with Suho)
Guest appearances
"No.1" (remake; BoA) 2014 [41]


Title Year Role Notes
In the Heights 2015 Benny Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Male Artist "The Best Luck" wON


  1. EXO to debut four members at '2011 SBS Gayo Daejun'
  2. More details including tracklist and participating artists for SM The Ballad's 2nd album 'Breath' revealed
  3. EXO's Chen sings 'The Best Luck' in 'It's Okay, That's Love' OST MV featuring scenes from the drama
  4. APAN Star Awards 2014: Winners, Performers & Winning Fashion
  5. SHINee, INFINITE, EXO, and f(x) Members Cast in Musical "In the Heights"
  6. EXO's Chen Shocks Audience On 'King of Mask Singer' As Legendary Guitar Man
  7. EXO's Chen to Perform With World-Renowned Pianist Steve Barakatt for UNICEF
  8. Catch all the romance in full MV for 'Descendants of the Sun' OST Part 2 by Chen x Punch!
  9. Gaon Digital Chart, Week 9 - 2016
  10. EXO's Chen And 'Unpretty Rapstar' Rapper Heize To Collaborate For SM STATION
  11. Watch: EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, And Xiumin Sing Of Devoted Love For "Scarlet Heart: Goryeo"
  12. (POP스포)엑소 첸XDJ 알레소, 10월 7일 콜라보 'Years' 발표(공식)
  13. 엑소 첸, 스웨덴 유명 DJ 알레소와 콜라보…7일 음원 발표
  14. (Vyrl) SMTOWN_EN : #EXO's first unit #EXO-CBX 1st mini album 'Hey Mama!' drops Oct 31, 0A
  15. Dynamic Duo Teams Up With EXO's Chen on 'Nosedive'
  16. 엑소 첸, '미씽나인' OST '안녕 못해' 오늘밤 공개..찬열 지원
  17. Jin of BTS, Chen of EXO enter graduate school at Hanyang Cyber University
  18. Charted songs:
  19. World Digital Songs
  20. Gaon Music Chart
  21. Download Chart, Week 1 - 2016
  22. Gaon Download Chart, Week 8 - 2014
  23. 24.0 24.1 Gaon Download Chart, February 2014
  24. Cumulative sales for "Lil' Something":
  25. Cumulative sales for "If We Love Again":
  26. Gaon Download Chart - Week 41
  27. Cumulative sales for "Nosedive":
  28. Cumulative sales for "The Best Luck":
  29. Cumulative sales for "Everytime":
  30. Cumulative sales for "For You":
  31. Cumulative sales for "I’m Not Okay":
  32. Gaon Chart
  33. Baidu Weekly Music Charts
  34. World Digital Songs
  35. I AM. OST_Dear My Family_Music Video
  36. (괜찮아 사랑이야 OST Part 1) 첸 (CHEN) (EXO) - 최고의 행운 (Best Luck) MV
  37. (MV) CHEN(첸)XPunch(펀치) _ Everytime l 태양의 후예 OST Part.2
  38. (STATION) 바이브 X 첸 X 헤이즈_썸타 (Lil' Something)_Music Video
  39. (ENG SUB) 160706 EXO (CHEN & SUHO) - Beautiful Accident OST
  40. Mnet (EXO 902014) 엑소 첸이 재해석한 '보아- No.1' 뮤비/EXO CHEN's 'No.1' M/V Remake