Hit sensations EXO have scooped a triple crown in Korea and a number one on the Billboard World Albums chart.
The 12 member group, who make up EXO-K in Korea and EXO-M in China, have topped the charts on Music Bank, Inkigayo and Music Core with their first album “XOXO(Kiss&Hug)” and title track “Wolf”. They also take a pole positions on the international Billboard album chart and Taiwan’s Five Music Korea/Japan album chart.
In a season where many well-established groups in the K-pop scene are making strong comebacks, the relatively new SM Entertainment-produced EXO gang have made astonishing leaps to fame. So far this year only two artists have sold over 200,000 albums – SHINee and Cho Yong Pil. As of June 17, EXO have sold over 350,000 since their album release two weeks ago.
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Member Kai, 19, says of their rise to success: “We are very proud. We want become more and more popular in a big way.” Adds Xiumin, 23: “We want to become an icon for Korean and Chinese collaboration… We will work hard to become a group that can represent Asia across to the world.”