Following CBX’s conflict with SM Entertainment, EXO Chen revealed his next solo career move, sending Eris and Soondingies into frenzy!
EXO Chen To Drop 1st Japanese Solo Album + Announces ‘Polaris’ Tour in Japan
“Live Ballad King” EXO Chen will finally release his much-awaited first solo album in Japan!
According to his agency, SM Entertainment, on August 16, Chen’s first solo album in Japan, “Polaris,” will be released on various global music platforms at midnight on August 17 and will be released as an album locally.
The EP will be comprised of six songs from various genres and will feature the title track, “Light of My Life.” Five other b-sidetracks will be included, such as “Break Out,” “FREE WORLD,” “On the Road,” “Mirage of Flower,” and “My Sunshine.”
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Based on the official announcement, “Polaris” is an album that depicts life as a road trip and it is expected that it will showcase various emotions encountered in life through the six songs.
The title song, “Light of My Life,” will particularly carry the message, “Let’s find the light of hope without losing myself in the journey of life.”
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Following the album, Chen will also embark on his full-fledged promotional activities in Japan as he goes on his solo “JAPAN TOUR 2023 – Polaris.”
Under this tour, Chen will do eight performances in five cities, such as Yokohama, Osaka, Okayama, and Kitakyushu. His performance will kick off in Nagoya on August 19.
EXO Chen To Focus on Solo Career in Japan After CBX Conflict
Meanwhile, EXO Chen is recognized as an “all-round vocalist” with excellent singing skills and appealing voices through various musical activities such as solo albums, drama OSTs, featuring, and collaboration as well as group activities.
However, his popularity in South Korea slowed down after he broke the news of his marriage and child’s birth to the public in 2020.
Back then, his fans felt “betrayed” and asked him to step down as a member of the globally-popular group EXO.
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Since that year, Korean Eris have been asking him to withdraw from the group. In fact, their demand gets louder as the years goes by, especially when Chen confirmed the birth of his second child in 2022.
His last comeback in Korea was with his third mini-album, “LAST SCENE,” released in October 2022. Since then, he hasn’t made a solo comeback aside from his single, “Before the petals fall,” in May 2023.
Meanwhile, this will be EXO Chen’s first solo move as well after the attempt to leave SM Entertainment, along with Baekhyun and Xiumin (EXO-CBX) in June. At the time, the trio asked for the termination of their contracts due to unfair clauses and overdue payments.
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The lawsuit wasn’t pursued after SM and EXO-CBX resolved the issue in a private discussion. Chen, along with Baekhyun and Xiumin, will remain under SM until 2024.
In a related article, EXO Chen and his wife wil have their wedding ceremony in October after registering their marriage in 2020.
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Written by Eunice Dawson.