EXO off to an explosive start
Text: Lim Wen Ying
Photos: SM Entertainment
Having big names such as TVXQ! and Super Junior as their seniors, 12-member Chinese-South Korean boyband EXO (divided into subgroups EXO-K and EXO-M for different markets) officially debuted in April under watchful eyes of the public.
Besides well-honed dance skills and an impactful title track, all these -- together with the huge debut hype fueled by SM Entertainment -- meant there was no reason for EXO to fail.
And succeed they did, with their debut EP MAMA ranking high on charts in both China and South Korea. According to Korean media, at the end of their two-month promotional period, MAMA has sold a remarkable total of 152,255 units (both EXO-K and EXO-M's versions).
In an exclusive e-mail interview with xinmsn, prior to their first performance in Singapore, EXO-M's Kris shared their gratitude towards fans from all over the world for their enormous support.
"Every time we meet the fans, we have so many things to say, but mostly we want to thank everyone for the support. We hope to work hard and show our appreciation through our wonderful performances."
EXO-K's Kai mentioned that before they debuted, they could only dance and sing by themselves, but now they are able to showcase their dance and singing in front of fans that enjoy the performance, making them really happy and appreciative.
As commoners turned idols, EXO-M's Lu Han cited the presence of fans as the biggest change as well.
"For this reason, all the members started taking care of our appearances more on daily basis," the Chinese lad added.
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