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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
76
pics
95
videos
13
albums
4.7K
viewed
122
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Lay's Discography

Lay - LIT (Jun 1, 2020)

LIT

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

Fun Facts About Lay

1. He wants to be a dinosaur in a movie.
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2. Lay is good friends with VIXX's Leo.
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3. Yixing first got a cat at 17 years old and it didn’t have a name so he called it “Cat”.
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4. He lived with his grandparents as a child.
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5. He used to be a local child star in China, making appearances at many variety shows.
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6. In 2015 he won 3rd place in TV Star Academy (Hunan Economics TV show).
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7. In 2008, Lay was cast into SM Entertainment through one of their global audition.
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8. He was officially introduced as an EXO member on January 17th, 2012.
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9. He was supposed to be EXO-M’s leader.
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10. He arrived at SM the same day as Luhan. That’s how they became close.
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11. On stage, he’s strong and charismatic, but off the stage, he is humorous and playful.
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12. He likes to sleep on the living room’s hard floors. He says that the temperature is cooler there and that sleeping in a different location allows him to dream different dreams.
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13. Lay said his friends used to call him ‘Da Tou’ which means Big Head.
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14. He speaks Chinese, Korean and English.
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15. He can practice for a very long time. At one point, he arrived at SM Entertainment in the early morning, and didn’t live until the dawn of the next day.
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16. He is a bit slow to react. An example would be if someone says a joke and everyone else is laughing, Lay would laugh about a minute later after he understands the joke.
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17. He learned to play the piano by himself.
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18. He once said that when an EXO member is feeling sad or tired, he would play them a song with his guitar to cheer them up.
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19. He loves eating fruits.
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20. His favorite colors are purple and black.
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21. He 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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22. He likes to write lyrics and compose music. He is very good at it.
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23. Lay is afraid of pigeons. Basically he is afraid of anything that have beak. So all birds.
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24. Lay’s neck is sensitive to wind.
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25. In SHINee’s 2010 concert tour, he briefly filled in as Jonghyun’s dance replacement.
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26. According to the EXO-M members, Lay is the most different off-stage and on-stage.
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27. When he’s angry, he will keep it to himself and bottle it up until he explodes.
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28. He is quite forgetful at times.
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29. In February 2015, Lay participated in the "Return Home with Love for A Thousand Miles", a large-scale public welfare activities and volunteer project. The project included on-site delivery of relief supplies to labour workers which helps them return home faster and to help labour workers in a timely manner to reinforce physical safety.
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30. On May 2, 2015, he 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 encourage talented youth to pursue their dreams.
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31. On September 7, 2015, Lay responded to a campus soccer public welfare project, "Summit of Hope" ("希望之颠"). He uploaded a video on his Weibo account in an attempt to publicise the project.
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32. On February 1, 2016, Lay donated an undisclosed amount to a joint Weibo public welfare funding project (#一起9加1#) which aids impoverished families for the upcoming Lunar New Year.
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33. In March 2016, during the second season of Go Fighting!, Lay and the other cast members visited a community-run migrant worker dependent school located in Chuansha Xin Town of Shanghai as part of the "Go Fighting Welfare Development Project" ("极限公益成长计划"). The initiative donated more than 1.2 million yuan worth of materials for over 12 schools nationwide.
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34. On May 1, Lay participated in the Youku "Go Fighting Minute Challenge" public welfare project on Weibo where he sent greetings to as many friends and families as possible in one minute and urged the public to express positive energy and to donate to charity.
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35. With previously having his own foundation established, he further donated another 1 million yuan and a piano to his alma mater.
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36. Later in 2016, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of his alma mater, Lay once more donated another 1 million yuan of fund to his scholarship foundation.
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37. On July 2, 2016, he 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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38. On September 9, 2016, he 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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39. Due to his 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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40. On September 9, 2017, Lay attended the 2017 BAZAAR Stars' Charity Night and donated 15 ambulances, valued at 1.05 million yuan.
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41. In January 2018, he starred in a public welfare movie I'm Beside You in which he sang and composed the theme song.
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42. On March 30, 2018, he starred as a guest recitalist in CCTV's Trust in China talk show.
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43. He ranked number 18 by the China Philanthropist Magazine in the '2017 China's Top Philanthropist Celebrity List'.
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44. He acted in the Chinese movies “Ex Files 2: The Backup Strikes Back” (2015), “Oh My God” (2015), “Kung Fu Yoga” (2017), “The Founding of an Army” (2017), “The Island” (2018), "Royal Treasure" (2016) and "The Mystic Nine Side Story: Flowers Bloom in February" (2016).
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45. Lay was the voice of Jackson Storm in the Chinese-dubbed version of Disney's animated film Cars 3.
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46. He 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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47. He had a cameo in the webseries "EXO Next Door" in 2015 as himself and made a special appearance on the Chinese webseries "The Tomb of Sea" in 2018.
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48. 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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49. He 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 nalong 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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50. He has been associated with his Chinese zodiac sign, the sheep, which he used for his 2017 solo album "LAY 02 SHEEP" and its title track " SHEEP". This concept has been consistent throughout his solo career, and he has been called "Little sheep in China" by his fans and even TV shows. He has referred to himself as "China Sheep".
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51. Many of his released songs were produced with traditional Chinese musical elements, such as the instruments Hulusi, Guzheng and Gong.
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52. Lay mentioned in one of his interviews that his main genre is M-pop, which stands for "Mixed Mandarin pop" and is a variation of different languages.
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53. "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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54. His second album, "NAMANANA" was released on October 19, 2018 with the pre-release single "Give Me a Chance" being released on October 5. The album contains 22 songs including a collaboration with Bazzi, 11 of which are in Chinese language with English counterparts for each. The album debuted at 21 on Billboard 200, making Lay the highest ranked Mandopop artist on the chart. The album also ranked 1st on the World Albums and Independent Albums charts.
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55. 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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56. 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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57. 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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58. In 2019, he was announced as Calvin Klein's first Chinese global spokesperson for Calvin Klein's underwear and jeans lines.
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59. In the same year, he 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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60. As an ambassador of high-end fashion brand Valentino, he has attended multiple fashion shows and events in Asia and Europe, as well at the annual Met Gala.
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61. He has also served as a promotional ambassador for Huawei Nova from 2015 to 2018.
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62. Lay currently tops the list for K-Pop idols with the most endorsement deals.
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63. 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 the 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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64. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Beijing made a wax figure of him 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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Lay

Associated Groups

EXO

2012-current

Members:

Xiumin

Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, 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 Kris Wu Z.Tao