As one of the “Big 3” entertainment companies, SM Entertainment is known to be a powerhouse of great music and talent! Founder Lee Soo Man often acts as a producer and advisor for many of the songs that are put out by the artists under the agency, and fans believe he really has that golden touch when it comes to making a song work! Here are 5 title tracks released by SM Entertainment that were influenced by Lee Soo Man’s incredible insight, made waves across the idol industry!
1. EXO’s “Growl” and “Wolf”
In 2013, EXO released “Wolf” as the title track to their first full album titled XOXO, and released “Growl” as the title track to their repackaged album a few months later. Initially, “Growl” was supposed to be released first, followed by the release of “Wolf” with the repackaged album, but Lee Soo Man decided to switch the two at the last minute. Fans have been lauding his smart decision-making skills, as it led to EXO being able to make their breakthrough with “Growl”!
2. “Only One”- BoA
“Only One” is the title track of BoA‘s seventh full album of the same name, released in 2012. Initially, “Shadow” was supposed to be the title track for the album, but in a show of faith, Lee Soo Man instead changed the title track to “Only One”, which was written and composed by BoA herself. The song ended up becoming one of the most popular and loved songs of 2012, proving that Lee Soo Man knows exactly what will hit just right!
3. “Move”- SHINee’s Taemin
“Move” is the title track of SHINee Taemin‘s second solo full album of the same name. Lee Soo Man initially proposed “Love” as the title track, but Taemin was adamant about going with “Move”, to which Lee Soon Man finally agreed, believing it to be a good idea for the comeback. By agreeing to go with “Move”, Lee Soo Man helped Taemin to reach new heights with his career as a soloist, and blessed listeners of K-Pop with one of the most iconic songs of 2017, which is still being covered by numerous artists even today!
4. “Lion Heart”- Girls’ Generation
“Lion Heart” is one of the two title tracks that was used to promote Girls’ Generation‘s fifth full album of the same name, released in 2015. For this album, Lee Soo Man was the one who suggested that “Lion Heart” be used for the title track, and his insight gave Girls’ Generation a chance to make a glorious comeback that year! “Lion Heart” took the K-Pop world by storm, and won multiple awards in 2015, including the prestigious “Digital Bonsang” at the 29th Golden Disc Awards!
5. “Call Me Baby”- EXO
For EXO’s 2015 comeback with their second full album titled EXODUS, the title track to be used for promotions was very close to being a song of the same name. A very expensive MV was even filmed for “Exodus”, but Lee Soo Man, at the last minute, decided to do away with the whole song and concept, and instead decided to go with “Call Me Baby” as the title track instead. This decision did wonders for EXO, as the song ended up being one of the most popular songs of 2015, and won tons of awards that year!