EXO’s Kai drops first solo mini album, KAI (开) – listen

EXO’s Kai drops first solo mini album, KAI (开) – listen

Kai is finally making his solo debut. 

On 10 November, EXO blew up social media channels with the announcement that Kai is officially launching his first solo mini album titled KAI (). The eponymous record is slated for release on 30 November, and will contain a total of six tracks. 

EXO dropped more updates on Wednesday morning (11/11), confirming the date of the release, the opening of album preorders, and the forthcoming album is said to "open a new world of musicXperformanceXstyle". 


Following news of the solo debut, EXO unveiled the promotional schedule of the upcoming mini-album. Starting from 19 November, concept and music video teasers will be consistently released till the official drop on 30 November. 

View the full timeline below. 

On 19 November, Kai shared more details on his first solo album, including the title track.

Titled 'Mmmh', it is described to be "a charming straightforward love song that captures his confident attitude" and according to Naver, it will also be an R&B pop song with a simple yet addictive melody on a minimal track. 

The first music video teaser for 'Mmmh' was unveiled 26 November, giving fans a little sneak peek of the groovy title track. 

The full music video was released on 30 November. Watch it here:

The album is available in two versions, 'PHOTO BOOK' and 'FLIP'. Fans can now pre-order the album via Aladin, HotTracks, Yes24, KTown4U and Interpark.

Check out what's in the album below. 

SM Entertainment also later revealed that all of the songs in the mini-album will be R&B-based, including R&B trap track, 'Amnesia', as well as progressive R&B track, 'Hello Stranger'

Get a glimpse of the album's sound through the 'FILM : KAI' preview: 

Indubitably, the excitement from fans hit the roof considering that they have been looking forward to this moment since July when SM Entertainment first confirmed that Kai is preparing for his solo album.

As the record is self-titled as KAI () and stylised with a Mandarin character that means ‘open’ when translated, many fans have theorised deeper meanings to the title such as it symbolising the opening of Kai’s solo career, or the opening to new opportunities. 

Earlier on in the same day, Baekhyun dropped the news that he is releasing his first Japanese mini-album in 2021. Kai is also the fifth member of EXO to make a solo debut following Baekhyun, Chen, Lay, and Suho.

Leading up to the official album release, teasers have been gradually revealed along the way, view them below.

Stream Kai's first solo mini album, KAI (), on Spotify here:

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