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EXO Hit Number 1 on Three Major Music Shows, Top World Album Charts

June 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT

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.

EXO-K and EXO-M meet the press at the Seoul World Cup Stadium for the "2013 I Love You Republic of Korea Dream Concert" on May 11Credit: Song Hyo Jin/Dispatch Images

EXO-K and EXO-M meet the press at the Seoul World Cup Stadium for the "2013 I Love You Republic of Korea Dream Concert" on May 11
Credit: Song Hyo Jin/Dispatch Images

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."

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