Album Summary

“COUNTDOWN,” EXO’s debut Japanese studio album (also EXO’s fifth studio album overall) was released on January 31, 2018. “COUNTDOWN” was released and distributed in Japanese  by Avex Trax and iriver worldwide. The studio album was released and distributed on multiple digital music streaming applications: YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, MelOn, Genie, and Naver. In November of the previous year, it was announced that EXO would be releasing their debut Japanese studio album in January of the following year. Individual member teasers were also released ahead of the music video teaser for the title track “Electric Kiss.” The track list featured tracks very familiar to fans as they were previously released in addition to four new songs. 


  • On February 9, the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced that Countdown had sold over 100,000 copies and received a gold certification. The album reached the benchmark within only ten days of its release on January 31, 2018.
  • “COUNTDOWN” peaked at #1 on Billboard Japan’s Hot Albums Chart 
  • “COUNTDOWN” peaked at #1 on Oricon’s Japanese Albums Chart 
  • “COUNTDOWN” peaked at #126 on SNEP’s French Download Albums Chart 
  • “COUNTDOWN” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s US World Albums Chart 

Side Tracks 

  • “Electric Kiss” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 

Features included on this EP:

  1. “Electric Kiss” 
  2. “Coming Over”
  3. “Love Me Right ~romantic universe~”
  4. “Lightsaber” 
  5. “Tactix”
  6. “Into My World”
  7. “Lovin’ You Mo”
  8. “Drop That”
  9. “Run This”
  10. “Cosmic Railway”
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