Comeback After a Long Hiatus
On May 11th, Banana Culture announced EXID’s launching of their Japanese official website, which included a Japanese fan club. They also announced a debut showcase at Tokyo to be held on June 27th. During the showcase, EXID announced their release of the Japanese version of “Up & Down” on August 22nd, as well as their first Japanese tour to be held between August 23rd and 25th, with Solji confirming that she will have returned by then.
On July 22nd and 29th, Solji returned as a contestant in episodes 163 and 164 of MBC’s singing competition program King of Mask Singer as Dongmakgol Girl and emerged victorious, being crowned the 82nd generation of ‘Mask King’. On September 6th, Banana Culture released a statement, announcing that Solji will join EXID on September 7th to attend the 2018 Hallyu Pop Festival in Singapore as her first official schedule. This marked the formal return of Solji into EXID, of which she will be joining in all of their future group promotions. Solji appeared with the rest of the group members on stage on August 10th, on day two of the Hallyu Pop Fest 2018, in which she performed 5 of their title tracks with the group. Solji continued to successfully defend herself overall contestants in the next 8 episodes since her initial victory in King of Mask Singer, before ending her streak as the winner of the 82nd to 86th generation on October 21st. After her defeat, she revealed her identity and explained her choice to return through the show as it was where she rose to fame.
On November 11th, EXID made a full-member comeback with the single album I Love You, while releasing the music video with the same title. “I Love You” entered Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart at number 5, which was by far their highest achievement in the chart.
|As the First Feeling||
|2008||The Day I Loved||Solji|
|Love Shake||Solji||Soundtrack of LOVE & LAW|
|2009||If You Want to Give Up||Solji and Sin-gun|
|Goodbye, My Lover||Solji and Hye-sung|
|First Love||Solji, Ah-in and Back Attack|
|2010||You are Away from Me||Solji||Soundtrack of Wife Returns|
|2011||Be with You||Solji and PK Heman|
|Last Tango||Solji, Heo In-chang, and PK Heman|
|2012||Unromantic||Solji, PK Heman, Kim Hyun-joo|
|2015||Love Sweet||Solji||Soundtrack of The Producers|
|Shouldn’t Have Treated You Well||Welldone Potato and Solji|
|2016||You And I||Solji||Soundtrack of Sweet Stranger and Me|
|2018||In This Place||Solji||Soundtrack of Ralph Breaks the Internet|
|2019||Within Your Reach(손 닿을 만큼)||Solji||Soundtrack of Perfume|
|2015||King of Mask Singer||MBC||as “Self-Luminous Mosaic”|
|EXID’s Showtime||MBC Every 1||with EXID members|
|2016||Battle Trip||KBS2||with Hani (Episode 2–3)|
|2018||Under Nineteen||MBC||Judge/Mentor/Vocal director|
|King of Mask Singer||MBC||as “Dongmakgol Girl”|
In February 2019, EXID held its second Japanese live tour, titled “2019 EXID Valentine Japan Live Tour.” During the tour, EXID also performed their new Japanese single “Trouble,” which is the title track of their first Japanese studio album of the same title. Trouble was released in Japan on April 3rd, 2019. Trouble debuted and peaked at number 12 on the Oricon Albums Chart and at number 23 on Billboard Japan‘s Hot Albums. It also peaked at number 10 on Billboard Japan‘s Top Albums Sales, with 4,831 physical copies sold in its first week.
In early May, members Hani and Junghwa decided not to renew their contracts with Banana Culture. Shortly after, it was announced that the group will release an extended play on May 15th. It was agreed that all the members will participate in the promotional activities and after the conclusion of this, the group will enter an indefinite hiatus so each member could focus on individual activities. Banana Culture later clarified that the group would continue activities as a five-member group in Japan for another year, with a Japanese tour titled “2019 EXID Summer Live Tour” beginning in August.