Kim Min-seok (born March 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Xiumin, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-M, and its sub-unit EXO-CBX.

Early lifeEdit

Xiumin was born in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on March 26, 1990.[1] He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music.[2] Xiumin also went to the same high school as INFINITE's Dongwoo. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing.[3]

In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through S.M. Entertainment's Casting System in the same year when he was 18 years old.


2012–15: Career beginningsEdit

Main article: EXO

Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO in January 2012. The group officially debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung in the music video for the song "Gone" by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.[4]

In January 2015, Xiumin made his musical theatre debut, playing the character of Aquila in the S.M. Entertainment musical School OZ alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Suho and Seulgi.[5] In October 2015, Xiumin played the leading role opposite actress Kim So-eun in the web drama Falling for Challenge. He also released his first solo song since debut titled "You Are the One" as a soundtrack of the web drama. Falling for Challenge was the most watched web drama in South Korea in 2015.[6]

2016–present: EXO-CBXEdit

See also: EXO-CBX

In February 2016, Xiumin was featured in AOA member Jimin's solo single "Call You Bae", and appeared in its music video.[7][8] In July 2016, he made his big screen debut alongside Yoo Seung-ho in the South Korean film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River. In August 2016, he collaborated with fellow EXO members Chen, and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the television series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.[9] In October 2016, together with Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin became a member of EXO's first official sub unit EXO-CBX. The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama! on October 31.

On March 29, 2017, it was revealed that Xiumin alongside Suho will narrate a documentary titled "Korea From Above" for Mountain TV.[10]


Soundtrack albumsEdit

Title Details
School OZ – Hologram Musical OST


Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album


As lead artist
"Breakin' Machine" 2014 Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
As featured artist
"Call You Bae"
(Jimin featuring Xiumin)
2016 5 5 N/A
Soundtrack appearances
"You Are the One" 2015 62 Falling for Challenge OST
"For You"
(with Baekhyun and Chen)
2016 5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Title Year Role Notes
Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River 2016 Gyeon Supporting role


Title Year Network Role Notes
Exo Next Door 2015
Naver TV Cast
Xiumin Web drama; minor role
Falling for Challenge Na Do-jeon Web drama; lead role


Title Year Network Note
Korea From Above 2017
Mountain TV
Narration with Suho

Television showsEdit

Title Year Network Role Notes
Crime Scene 2 2015
Main cast Episodes 5-7
Travel without Manager 2016
Cookat TV
Main cast Episodes 1-8

Music videosEdit

Title Year Ref.
"You Are The One" 2015 [16]
"Call You Bae" (Jimin featuring Xiumin) 2016 [17]
Guest appearances
"Gone" (Jin) 2013 [18]
"A Glass of Soju" (remake; Lim Chang-jung) 2014 [19]
"Sound of Your Heart" (SM Town and Steve Barakatt) 2016 [20]


Title Year Role Notes
School OZ 2015 Aquila Holographic musical; supporting role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
4th APAN Star Awards
Award for SNS Web Drama Falling for Challenge Won

References Edit

  1. 시우민 생일, 엑소팬 기부 '봇물'…특별한 선물
  2. Xiumin has been attending Kwandong Catholic University secretly
  3. 11 Surprising Facts About EXO's Cutie Xiumin
  4. JIN releases 'Gone' MV feat. EXO's Xiumin & Kim Yoo Jung
  5. SM Entertainment to launch first hologram musical 'School OZ' starring Changmin, Key, Suho, Xiumin, Luna, and Seulgi
  6. 지난해 최고 인기 웹드는 '도전에 반하다'
  7. EXO's Xiumin to Feature in AOA's Jimin's New Solo Album and MV
  8. Updated: AOA’s Jimin’s Friends Star in Video Teaser for Single "Call You Bae" Featuring EXO’s Xiumin
  9. Watch: EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, And Xiumin Sing Of Devoted Love For "Scarlet Heart: Goryeo"
  10. (Vyrl) SMTOWN_EN : #SUHO and #XIUMIN of #EXO to narrate Mountain TV’s documentary ‘#Korea
  11. Gaon Chart
  12. World Digital Songs
  13. * 2016 Yearly Gaon Download Chart
  14. 2015 Gaon Download Chart - Week 45
  15. Cumulative sales for "For You":
  16. XIUMIN 시우민_You Are The One (From Drama '도전에 반하다')_Music Video
  17. (MV) AOA 지민(JIMIN) _ 야 하고 싶어(CALL YOU BAE) (Feat. XIUMIN(시우민) of EXO)
  18. JIN "너만 없다(Gone/只是你不在)" Official MV
  19. Mnet (EXO 902014) 엑소 시우민이 재해석한 '임창정-소주 한 잔' 뮤비/EXO XIUMIN's 'a glass of soju' M/V Remake
  20. (STATION) SMTOWN X Steve Barakatt_너의 목소리 (Sound of Your Heart)_Music Video