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Height5'10"
Lay

Lay

Korean:레이 Japanese:レー

Hometown CHANGSHA, HUNAN
China

Full name Zhang Yixing
Native name 張藝興
Birthday Oct 7, 1991
Blood type A
Group(s) EXO
Position Main Dancer, Vocalist

Introduction to Lay

Zhang Yixing (张艺兴), known professionally as Lay Zhang or simply Lay, is a Chinese singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the boy group EXO and its Chinese sub-unit EXO-M under SM Entertainment.

Born in China on October 7, 1991, Lay became a child actor at the age 6. Growing up, he continued appearing on several Chinese shows and even competing in television shows. However, in 2008 Lay auditioned for SM Entertainment's global casting audition in China. Lay had his biggest break when he eventually debuted as a member of EXO in 2012.

In April 2015, Zhang established a personal agency for his solo activities, serving as an exclusive management and record label.

In September 2015, he released his autobiography, "Standing Firm at 24", which broke several online book records.

In July 2016, Zhang was appointed by the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) of Changsha as a publicity ambassador, the first celebrity to hold such a title.

On October 28, 2016, Zhang released his first EP "Lose Control" in South Korea and China. The EP was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the Gaon Album Chart as well as number four on Billboard's US World Albums chart, and made him the first Chinese artist to enter the iTunes Top 60.

In 2016, market research company Kantar and Chinese business magazine CBN Weekly launched the CelebrityZ Top 100 Most Valuable Celebrities list, where Zhang came in at the 23rd spot.

In September 2017, Zhang came in at the 20th spot on the 2017 Forbes China Celebrity 100 with estimated earnings of 120 million yuan. He came in the 11th spot in 2019.

Age
28
Record Labels
Height
5'10" (177 cm)
Star Sign
Language(s)
Chinese, Korean, English
Training Period
2008-2012
Education
Hunan Normal University High School
Kpopping Rank
37th
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articles
102
pics
89
videos
17
albums
5.7K
viewed
133
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Lay's Discography

Lay - BOOM (R3HAB Remix) (Sep 14, 2020)

BOOM (R3HAB Remix)

2020 September

1 tracks

Lay - BOOM (Jul 9, 2020)

BOOM

2020 July

1 tracks

Lay - LIT (Jul 21, 2020)

LIT

2020 July

12 tracks

Lay - LIT - EP (Jun 1, 2020)

LIT - EP

2020 June

6 tracks

Lay - Jade (May 20, 2020)

Jade

2020 May

1 tracks

Lay - Love You More (with Steve Aoki & will.i.am) (Mar 20, 2020)

Love You More (with Steve Aoki & will.i.am)

2020 March

1 tracks

Lay - NAMANANA (Remix) (Jan 20, 2020)

NAMANANA (Remix)

2020 January

1 tracks

Lay - Honey (Jun 14, 2019)

Honey

2019 June

4 tracks

Lay - Lovebird (with Far East Movement) (Mar 14, 2019)

Lovebird (with Far East Movement)

2019 March

1 tracks

Lay - Let's Shut Up & Dance (with Jason Derulo & NCT 127) (Feb 22, 2019)

Let's Shut Up & Dance (with Jason Derulo & NCT 127)

2019 February

1 tracks

Lay - NAMANANA (Oct 19, 2018)

NAMANANA

2018 October

22 tracks

Lay - Give Me a Chance (Oct 5, 2018)

Give Me a Chance

2018 October

1 tracks

Lay - Sheep (Alan Walker Relift) (with Alan Walker) (Aug 31, 2018)

Sheep (Alan Walker Relift) (with Alan Walker)

2018 August

1 tracks

Lay - LAY 02 SHEEP (Oct 7, 2017)

LAY 02 SHEEP

2017 October

10 tracks

Lay - LOSE CONTROL (Oct 28, 2016)

LOSE CONTROL

2016 October

6 tracks

Lay - what U need (Oct 7, 2016)

what U need

2016 October

1 tracks

Lay - Monodrama (May 27, 2016)

Monodrama

2016 May

2 tracks

Fun Facts About Lay

1. Lay first got a cat at 17 years old and it didn’t have a name so he called it “Cat”.
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2. Lay is good friends with VIXX's Leo.
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3. Lay lived with his grandparents as a child.
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4. Lay used to be a local child star in China, making appearances at many variety shows.
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5. In 2015, Lay won 3rd place in TV Star Academy (Hunan Economics TV show).
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6. Lay was officially introduced as an EXO member on January 17th, 2012.
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7. Lay speaks Chinese, Korean, and English.
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8. Lay can play the Piano.
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9. Lay loves cooking. Like D.O is the cook of EXO-K, Lay is the cook of EXO-M. If there’s nothing to do, he’ll cook.
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10. Lay is afraid of birds, particularly pigeons. He is scared of them because of their beaks.
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11. Lay’s neck is sensitive to the wind.
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12. In SHINee’s 2010 concert tour, Lay briefly filled in as Jonghyun’s dance replacement.
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13. Lay is forgetful at times.
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14. On May 2, 2015, Lay established his own foundation entitled, "Zhang Yixing Arts Scholarship" on behalf of providing scholarship for his alma mater middle school, Hunan Masters College Middle School where he will donate 100 thousand yuan annually. His intentions were to encourage talented youth to pursue their dreams.
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15. On July 2, 2016, Lay was honorably appointed as the Publicity Ambassador of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC), making him the first celebrity to do so and he expressed that he will dedicate himself to his appointment and appealed to the public to do charity through singing the national anthem. Since then, he has served as the publicity ambassador for three consecutive years.
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16. On September 9, 2016, Lay attended the 2016 BAZAAR Stars' Charity Night which resulted in him donating 10 ambulances with worth amounting to 700 thousand yuan.
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17. Due to Lay's charitable contributions, he was ranked number 15th by the China Philanthropist Magazine in the '2016 China's Top Philanthropist Celebrity List'.
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18. In January 2018, Lay starred in a public welfare movie called "I'm Beside You" in which he sang and composed the theme song.
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19. Lay was the voice of Jackson Storm in the Chinese-dubbed version of Disney's animated film Cars 3.
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20. Lay acted in the Chinese dramas “The Mystic Nine” (2016), “Operation Love” (2017), “The Golden Eyes” (2019), “Empress of the Ming” (2019), "The Island" (2018) and "To Be a Better Man" (2016).
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21. Lay had a cameo in the web series "EXO Next Door" in 2015 as himself and made a special appearance on the Chinese web series "The Tomb of Sea" in 2018.
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22. Lay released his first mini-album ‘Lose Control’ on October 28, 2016, and all the songs were written and composed by him.
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23. Lay released his first album ‘LAY 02 SHEEP’ on October 7, 2017 and all the songs were either written or composed by him. The album was released along with the music video for the song "SHEEP". On its first day of digital sales, the album broke five records on QQ Music: Gold, Double Gold, Triple Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Record (¥5 million in 9 hours 11 minutes).
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24. "The Assembly Call", the intro song for his 2018 album "NAMANANA", is an instrumental track which showcases different traditional Chinese sounds and music.
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25. Lay made his first US appearance at the music festival Lollapalooza where he collaborated with Alan Walker. The duo later collaborated on a remixed version of Lay's single "Sheep", titled "Sheep Relift" on August 30, 2018.
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26. On September 25, 2017, he released the music video for "I Need U", a pre-release track from his album "LAY 02 SHEEP". The music video ranked number one on Billboard's China Weibo Live Chart.
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27. Lay is a brand ambassador of over 30 brands, including Converse, MAC Cosmetics, Chaumet Paris, Ray-Ban, Milka Chocolate, H&M, and Perrier, of some of which he is the first-ever brand ambassador from Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
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28. In 2019, Lay was announced as Calvin Klein's first Chinese global spokesperson for Calvin Klein's underwear and jeans lines.
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29. In 2019, Lay terminated his contract with Samsung as its ambassador for less than a year, after the brand violated the One-China policy.
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30. As an ambassador of high-end fashion brand Valentino, Lay has attended multiple fashion shows and events in Asia and Europe, as well as at the annual Met Gala.
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31. Lay has also served as a promotional ambassador for Huawei Nova from 2015 to 2018.
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32. On September 18, 2014, the limited edition of Lay's autobiography "Standing Firm At 24" was published, while the standard edition became available on October 7. The book documents important events throughout his life and broke several online sales records by selling 68,537 copies in the first 24 minutes of pre-sales. With less than three months sales of 1.4 million in royalties, he took fourth place on 'The 10th Chinese Celebrity Writers List', becoming the youngest celebrity author to enter the charts. He was also the champion of the 2015 installment of the 'Annual Celebrity Book Sales', and took the top spot of 'Asia's Best Books', twice during its monthly ranking and six times for the weekly chart. The book also locked in standings for Rakuten's listings, with 400,000 copies sold within six months.
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33. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Beijing made a wax figure of Lay in modern clothes, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Shanghai also made a wax figure of him but styled him after the character Er Yue Hong that he played in the drama “The Mystic Nine” (his first leading drama).
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Latest Pictures Of Lay

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Lay

Associated Groups

EXO

2012-current

Members:

Xiumin

Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper

Suho

Leader, Lead Vocalist

Lay

Main Dancer, Vocalist

Baekhyun

Main Vocal

Chanyeol

Main Rapper, Vocalist

Chen

Main Vocalist

D.O.

Main Vocalist

Kai

Main dancer

Sehun

Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae


Past members:

Luhan Z.Tao Kris Wu
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