This is about the digital single, the second prologue single released before the debut mini-album. For the EXO-K, EXO-M and EXO Korean and Chinese lyrics of History, see History (lyrics).


Cover EXO-M - History

Release March 9, 2012
Languages Korean, Chinese
EXO Chronology
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History is a song by EXO. It served as their second "prologue" single from their debut record MAMA (2012).

Release and promotionEdit

"History" was written by Thomas Troelsen, Remee Mikkel Sigvardt Jackman and Yoo Young-jin. The Korean version is performed by subgroup EXO-K and the Mandarin version by EXO-M. The music videos of the song were released on YouTube on March 8, 2012, one day before the song was made available for download through iTunes and other Korean and mainland Chinese online retailers.

Exo-K and Exo-M performed both versions during their pre-debut showcase on March 31, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea, followed by a second group performance for their second showcase in Beijing, China on April 1.

On April 8, Exo-K made their television debut on SBS's music program The Music Trend, performing "History" and their official debut song, "MAMA." The group also performed the song on Mnet's M! Countdown on April 12, KBS's Music Bank on April 13, and MBC's Show! Music Core on April 13.

Chart performanceEdit

"History" debuted at number 27 on China's Sina New Singles Chart and ultimately reached to number six. On the Sina Hot Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 64 and peaked at number 14. In South Korea, "History" peaked at number 86.

Music videoEdit

Two music videos for "History" were released on YouTube on March 8, 2012 through S.M. Entertainment's official channel, SMTOWN. Each music video, though recorded in two different versions, featured all twelve members of Exo. The music videos features the two groups dancing in a windy, rocky setting and a bright blue studio.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
Gaon Singles chart 86
Gaon Monthly Singles chart 132
Gaon Local Singles chart 80
Gaon Streaming Singles chart 105
Gaon Download Singles chart 72
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