Don’t Mess Up My Tempo/Love Shot

Album Summary

“Don’t Mess Up My Tempo,” EXO’s fifth studio album was released on November 2nd, 2018 and repackage of the fifth studio album, “LoveShot,” was released on December 13th, 2018 by SM Entertainment and iriver worldwide. The seventh studio album was distributed on multiple digital music streaming applications: YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, QQ Music, MelOn, Genie, and Naver. The title tracks “Tempo” and “Love Shot” are the only songs on the album released in both Korean and Mandarin in all regions. The remainder of the track list was released solely in Korean. Member Lay was able to be part of the recording for the Mandarin version of “Tempo” but unable to participate in the recording for “Love Shot” as announced by members Kai and Suho. The album was announced in October and pre-order options were made available through South Korean, and American sites. Social media campaigns on EXO’s official website, Weibo, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account engaged with fans worldwide to encourage interest in the release of the following studio album. In addition to individual, group, and MV teasers, EXO held a presscon and showcase. The showcase was held on November 2nd, at Paradise City in Incheon, the same day EXO began promoting lead single “Tempo” and side track “Ooh La La” on music shows. Following the release of their repackage “Love Shot,” EXO held a fan event called 0xFESTA by SK Telecom where they again performed their title tracks and additional side tracks. 

Achievements 

  • On October 31, 2018, 28 days after the official opening of pre-orders, “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” exceeded 1.1 million pre-orders
  • As of November 11, the album sold 1,179,997 million copies, making EXO a quintuple million-selling group, and the first act in South Korea to sell over 10,000,000+ copies cumulatively across all albums.
  • On November 12, the album debuted at number 23 on the US Billboard 200, making it EXO’s highest-charting album in the United States. It achieved 23,000 album-equivalent units, including 19,000 pure album sales. EXO became the third K-pop group to have an album chart in the top 40 of the US Billboard 200.
  • On January 10, 2019, the album was certified “Million” by Gaon.
  • On December 9, the repackage album debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart and on February 2019, the album was certified “2x Platinum”

Accolades

  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” considered 5th of Billboard’s 20 Best K-Pop Albums of 2018 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo“considered 4th of Idolator’s 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2018 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” considered 5th of Rolling Stone India’s 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2018
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” considered 4th of Refinery29’s 12 Best K-Pop Albums of 2018
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” considered 5th of Bravo’s 10 Best K-Pop Albums of the year 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” considered one of the best K-Pop Albums of 2018 by KultScene 
  • “Gravity” considered 3rd of MTV’s 18 Best K-Pop B-sides of 2018
  • “Gravity” considered 2nd of KultScene’s 25 Best K-Pop B-sides of 2018

Weekly 

  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on South Korea’s Gaon Weekly Album Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #1 on South Korea’s Gaon Weekly Album Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on YinYueTai’s Weekly Chinese Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #5 on Billboard Japan’s Hot Albums Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #13 on Billboard Japan’s Hot Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” & “Love Shot” peaked at #3 on Oricon’s Japanese Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #67 on ARIA’s Australia Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #84 on Ultratop Flander’s Belgian Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #158 on Ultratop Wallonia’s Belgian Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #74 on Billboard’s Canadian Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #90 on Album Top 100’s Dutch Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #19 on Eesti’s Ekspress’s Estonian Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #191 on SNEP’s French Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #18 on SNEP’s French Digital Albums Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #30 on SNEP’s French Digital Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #19 on OCC’s UK Digital Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #24 on OCC’s UK Independent Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #23 on US Billboard’s 200 Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s US Independent Albums Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #45 on Billboard’s US Independent Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s US World Albums Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s US World Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s US Digital Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s US Internet Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s US Top Current Albums Chart 

Monthly 

  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on Gaon’s South Korean Albums Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #1 on Gaon’s South Korean Albums Chart 

Year End 

  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #1 on YinYueTai’s Chinese Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #3 on Gaon’s South Korean Albums Chart 
  • “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s US World Albums Chart 

Side Tracks

  • “Love Shot” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Tempo” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Trauma” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Ooh La La La” peaked at #12 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Wait” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Oasis” peaked at #19 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 
  • “Gravity” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s US World Digital Song Sales Chart 

Music Video

  • “Tempo” peaked at #13 on Billboard’s US YouTube Songs Chart 
  • “Love Shot” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s US YouTube Songs Chart 

Features included on this EP:

  1. “Tempo”
  2. “Sign”
  3. “Ooh La La La” (닿은 순간)”
  4. “Gravity” 
  5. “With You” (가끔)”
  6. “24/7”
  7. “”Bad Dream” (후폭풍)”
  8. “Damage” 
  9. “”Smile On My Face” (여기 있을게)”
  10. “”Oasis” (오아시스)”
  11. “Tempo” ((节奏)”

Additional features included on the repackage EP:

  1. “Love Shot”
  2. Trauma” (트라우마)”
  3. “Wait”
  4. “”Love Shot” ((宣告)”
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