EXO to Release Repackaged Album Following Success of ‘Exodus’; SM Entertainment Grants Lay, Tao Personal Workshops in China to Keep Them from Leaving?
Following Korean Popular Group EXO's huge success in their 2nd Full Studio Album "Exodus", they are rumored to be in the line-up again to release a repackaged album that will most likely come out in the second quarter of the year.
Within 48 hours of album release on various music sites digitally and physically on March 30, EXO's "Exodus" has been identified as the Bestselling Korean Album for the 1st Quarter of 2015 selling over 440,000 copies according to Gaon Music Charts moving aside Jung Yonghwa's "One Fine Day".
A report by Kpopstarz states that both the Chinese and Korean versions of "Exodus" appeared on iTunes album chart the day it was released, with the Korean version appearing in the top five, alongside Taylor Swift's bestselling album, "1989."
"Exodus" is also on a race to almost 20 wins on various Korean weekly music shows, with Exo-Ls working their hardest to beat Psy's Gangnam Style's record in 2013.
With EXO's wins left and right, a repackaged album is not hard to foresee and rumor mills contain that this is scheduled right after their senior group SHINee releases their first album in about two years.
Meanwhile, EXO - M's Lay and Tao have had discussions with SM Entertainment about being granted their personal workshops. This can easily be seen as SM's way to get the members' thoughts away from leaving.
Zhang Yixing (Lay) already received his own in China that is signed under his name. Allkpop accounts that SM had proposed the idea to Lay first.
Lay stated, "There was trust. Since there was trust I thought that this was possible. I am very fortunate [for the first workshop under SM]. I'm thankful for everything."
Part of the reason why Huang Zitao (Tao)'s father is upset at SM Entertainment aside from his son's health not receiving proper treatment is that they had talks about the workshops before too but that they have never heard from SM about its progress so far.
The empty promises and the agency's lack of care for Tao's health added up and he wants him out of the group.
Despite Lay's and Tao's unending rumored departure from the group is leaving the fans in a state of panic, SM Entertainment confirmed that EXO's promotion as a group will proceed as planned which possibly means that fans can anticipate for a repackaged album that is surely to be as successful as "Exodus" or even more.