Exodus (stylized as EXODUS) is the second studio album by South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, released on March 30, 2015 by S.M. Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. It is the band's first full-length release since XOXO in 2013, and also the first release from the band after the lawsuits of Kris and Luhan, now promoting with only ten members. The lead single for the album, "Call Me Baby", was revealed two days prior to the album's release, and its music videos were released on March 31, 2015. This is the last EXO album to include Tao. The album's re-release, Love Me Right, was released on June 3 of the same year.
Before the album's release, S.M. Entertainment held a press conference, in which all the members were present except Lay, who was in China focusing on his new upcoming film. Although he could not be there to attend the press conference, he later apologized through a video call, stating "I'm really sorry. I really wanted to see everybody. I miss the members, too. We will show a perfect image for this comeback. Please anticipate it."
Suho also stated that he had never thought about the sales numbers after the release of the album, and just wanted to bring new music to fans of the band. He said that the only thing in the members' mind whilst making the album was for the listeners to enjoy it. He also concluded by saying that it would be a new start for EXO, after the lawsuits of former band members Luhan and Kris, and that the members would show a brighter, fresher side to their fans.
The album features the lyrics from the likes of Teddy Riley and also SHINee's Jonghyun who wrote the lyrics of the song "Playboy". There are 10 songs that span a number of genres including dance, R&B, and ballad.
EXO stated that 20 different covers of the album would be released, both online and in physical copies. Each member would be featured on their own cover on the album, in both a Korean and Chinese version. The Korean versions were colored gold while the Chinese versions were silver. When aligned, the spines of all the albums together would create their new logo.
|Chart (2015)||Peak position||Sales|
|South Korean Gaon Weekly Albums Chart||1||2||
|South Korean Gaon Monthly Albums Chart||1||2|
|South Korean Gaon Year-End Albums Chart||TBA||TBA|
|Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart||4||7|
|Japanese Oricon Monthly Albums Chart||23||46|
|Chart (2015)|| Peak|
|US Billboard 200||95||
|US Billboard Independent Albums Chart||15|
|US Billboard Top Album Sales Chart||70|
|US Billboard World Albums Chart||1|