Contract issues, member’s scandals and accidents plagued one SM Entertainment act in 2009, while another SM group faced similar issues in 2014.
Now EXO hopes to flourish despite the issues, following Super Junior’s example.
During EXO’s Naver Starcast on April 6, eight members of the 10-member group, the members discussed their latest album “Exodus,” its title song, “Call Me Baby,” and the group’s dreams and goals.
After the departure of two members in 2014, EXO expressed determination to persevere in 2015 and beyond.
The event was MC-ed by Super Junior member Kyuhyun, who expressed delight after EXO mentioned that his group was their inspiration.
When Kyuhyun asked EXO’sleader Suho what his dream was, Suho answered that apart from his personal ambition of becoming a member of the board of directors at SM Entertainment, he wished for a strong future for his K-pop group.
The members agreed that their dreams and goals were based on a long, successful career, saying, “We wish to be a long-standing group like Super Junior.” Super Junior went through several member-related issues in and after 2009, with former member Hankyung (now known as Han Geng internationally) leaving after a lawsuit and member Kim Kibum going on permanent hiatus.
Super Junior also rotates members in and out of the South Korean army.
It has eleven permanent members plus two additional members of its Mandarin language subgroup, Super Junior-M.
EXO faced similar line-up difficulties in 2014, after two members, Kris (Wu Yi Fan) and Luhan, filed contract nullification lawsuits against their company.
Along with permanent line-up changes, EXO’s members are not always together due to individual projects.
Along with both groups having large amounts of members and line-up changes, both EXO and Super Junior are represented by SM Entertainment.
The event was live streamed, and during the day multiple phrases in relation to the Starcast event trended worldwide on Twitter.