The EXO-Ls were over the moon when it was announced that DO would be the last EXO member to make their solo debut. The K-pop idol released their debut mini album titled “Empathy” with “Rose” as the title song on July 26. It also received a Gold Certification from QQ Music within 15 minutes of release.
Known for his powerful voice and heart-wrenching ballads, DO exceeded expectations with the summery, upbeat album full of soulful and mellow tracks. But not much was prepared by SM Entertainment to promote the album that pissed off the EXO-Ls. Along with that, unfortunately, most music shows were on hiatus as their broadcast channels focused on showing the Tokyo Olympics. But that didn’t stop DO from getting a win.
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It is no exaggeration to say that music shows play a very important role in the K-pop industry. Artists promote their releases by performing on music shows watched by fans, as well as the general public. Along with this, good humor competitions are held with certain criteria and eligible acts are nominated for that week. Whoever has the most points wins. These points are tallied by looking at sales, streaming, and fan votes. But DO hasn’t appeared on any music shows yet, in part because it was canceled for the Olympics.
With several music shows also canceling the tracking and point counting of the current releases, it’s quite difficult to win a music show right now. However, that didn’t stop fans from helping DO secure their first victory. It was announced in July that KBS ‘Music Bank had been canceled on July 30 and August 6. But they still kept track of the points for some of the criteria. And DO ended up winning with ‘Rose’ on August 6 on ‘Music Bank’ with 6546 points.
The news comes after it was revealed that Xiumin was diagnosed with Covid-19 on August 5, which is also the anniversary of the EXO-Ls. The other members and staff had tested negative but were in self-quarantine. To boost the morale of EXO members, fans helped win and helped secure a Times Square in New York City birthday announcement for Chen on his birthday.
Check out the music video for ‘Rose’ below.
” What power “
To celebrate, fans launched “# DO1stWin” on Twitter. One fan pointed out how they won despite all the odds, “Replace ’11 days’ with” 0 promo “DO Rose 1st place at Music Bank today!” Another fan tweeted: “This is his first victory as a soloist, congratulations bb!” The EXO-Ls were also shocked at DO and their own influence when they tweeted, “Imagine Rose didn’t get ANY promotion, but still managed to win on music shows. It shows how powerful his fans are. Another tweeted: “Thinking that Kyungsoo did this among the whole roster of strong contenders and also with ZERO promo it’s WILDDD.” One of them tweeted: “It took only 11 days for DO to win his 1st trophy as a soloist without any promotion What King. “
– (๑˘︶˘๑) (@legendarybbh) August 6, 2021