‘Kai’ Kim Jong In: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Today, Korean pop sensation Kim Jong In (stage name Kai) turns 20, and Twitter has turned the event into an international holiday, as hormonally-addled teens across the world tweet their best wishes beside the hashtag #happyjonginday. Here’s what you need to know about the Bieber of Seul music:


1. He Is a Leading Member of South Korean Boy Band Exo

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In 2012, South Korea’s S.M. Entertainment debuted their latest boy band, a twelve member outfit called EXO. The group consists of two separate units, EXO-K and EXO-M, the former releasing music in South Korea, the latter in Mainland China. “Exo” refers to exoplanet, a planet beyond out solar system.

Kim Jong In however, is from down here on Earth. Born in Seoul, South Korea on January 14, 1994, he performs under the name “Kai” with Exo-K. Both supgroups release the same songs and videos, but EXO-K’s are released in Korean, EXO-M’s in Mandarin.

On April 9, 2012, EXO dropped an EP titled “Mama.” A day later, “Mamma” was number 1 on a variety of Chinese pop charts, and ended up reaching the 12 spot on the Billboard World Albums Chart.

EXO-K 엑소케이 'MAMA' MV (Korean ver.)The world of new boy band EXO-K and EXO-M presented by S.M.Entertainment is opened! The first mini album title song 'MAMA' of EXO-K and EXO-M has been released. Listen and download on iTunes & Apple Music EXO-K : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mama-the-1st-mini-album-ep/id517211268 EXO-M : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mama-the-1st-mini-album-ep/id517215709 EXO Official http://exo.smtown.com http://www.youtube.com/weareoneEXO http://www.facebook.com/weareoneEXO http://www.instagram.com/weareone.exo http://twitter.com/weareoneexo EXO-K 엑소케이 'MAMA' MV (Korean ver.) ℗ S.M.Entertainment2012-04-07T15:45:18.000Z

In May of 2013, EXO’s first full-length album XOXO was released, and has since sold over one million copies. It’s lead single “Growl” reached the top spot on all four of Korea’s major music programs.

EXO 엑소 '으르렁 (Growl)' MV (Korean Ver.)Listen and download on iTunes & Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-1st-album-xoxo-repackage/id683185878 EXO Official http://exo.smtown.com http://www.youtube.com/weareoneEXO http://www.facebook.com/weareoneEXO http://www.instagram.com/weareone.exo http://twitter.com/weareoneexo EXO 엑소 '으르렁 (Growl)' MV (Korean Ver.) ℗ S.M.Entertainment2013-07-31T15:00:01.000Z


2. He Discovered a Passion for Ballet After Seeing The Nutcracker

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Kai first signed with S.M. Entertainment after winning the 10th S.M. Youth Best Contest in 2007, when he was just thirteen years old. He is considered EXO’s “lead” dancer, having trained in jazz dance and ballet since he was eight years old, after a viewing of The Nutcracker awoke his inner ballerino. After joining S.M. he gained training in hip hop, popping, and locking.

He’s said that his inspiration to become a singer was his exposure to late 90’s South Korean boy band Shinwa.


3. He Would Like to Have a Healthy Wife

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So we learn from an interview snippet featured at kim-jongin.com/ , in which Jong Gin says he hasn’t thought much about the qualities he’s looking for in a wife, except that she be passionate about her work, and able to produce healthy children.

That tumblr is just one of several sites dedicated to dreamy photographs and gifs of the heart-throb. The Official Kim Jon Gin thread begins with exhaustive lists of fun facts about the star, including that he believes he can teleport, and enjoys biting his lips, but NOT killing his female fans:

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4. He Was the First Member of EXO to Be Introduced to the Public

EXO Teaser 1_KAI (1)On Dec. 23rd, the world of new boy band EXO-K and EXO-M presented by S.M.Entertainment will be opened! The entire world is watching them! Stay tuned! EXO-K and EXO-M are new boy groups who will lead the world music industry from now on! They are making their debut on the same day and time with the same song in Korea and China. Since it's something that has never been tried before, it will be good enough to capture the attention of fans not only in Korea and China but all over the world. ♪ For more information ☞ smtown hompage : http://www.smtown.com ☞ smtown EXO-K : http://exo-k.smtown.com ☞ smtown EXO-M : http://exo-m.smtown.com ☞ facebook SMTOWN : http://www.facebook.com/smtown ☞ facebook EXO-K : http://www.facebook.com/exok ☞ facebook EXO-M : http://www.facebook.com/exom ☞ weibo EXO-K : http://weibo.com/exok ☞ weibo EXO-M : http://weibo.com/exom ☞ SMTOWN Official YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/smtown ☞ EXO-K Official YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/exok ☞ EXO-M Official YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/exom ♬ EXO Teaser1_KAI (1) ℗ S.M.Entertainment2011-12-22T06:11:47.000Z

The members of EXO were introduced through a series of “teasers,” and Kai’s was the first to air. The video shows Kai exiting a classic automobile, wearing a tophat and twirling a cane. He then throws off his formal wear, and dances in slow-motion in a suddenly flooded street.


5. His Fans Twitter Messages Show a Religious Reverence

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Kai has taught fans how to love selflessly, and be grateful for existence. Kim Jong In deserves the world:


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