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Universe (Hangul: Universe – 겨울 스페셜 앨범, lit. Universe - Winter Special Album, 2017) is the sixth extended play by South Korean boy group EXO. It was released by S.M. Entertainment on December 26, 2017.

BackgroundEdit

On December 14, 2017, Exo was announced to be releasing their sixth extended play and fourth "winter special" album titled Universe on December 21. Following the death of South Korean singer and Exo's labelmate Jonghyun, a member of SHINee, the album's release was postponed. Universe and the music video for its title track were instead released on December 26, 2017.

SingleEdit

The lead single "Universe" debuted at number one on the Melon Realtime Chart. "Universe", produced by Shin Hyuk and MRey, is described as a rock ballad that talks about how a person will search the universe just to find their lover. The single debuted at number two on the South Korean Gaon Digital Chart. It also topped the Billboard Korea Kpop Hot 100 for the first week of 2018.

Commercial PerformanceEdit

Upon release, Universe was praised by fans for using gender-neutral pronouns such as "me" and "you" instead of "he" and "she" in the lyrics.

The album debuted atop the South Korean Gaon Album Chart and at number two on the Billboard World Albums Chart.

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