Holding back tears, the scandal-shaken group told thousands of fans: "The beginning of EXO is now"
It is not an overstatement to say that SM Entertainment's newest boy band EXO has launched a new era of K-pop boy-band invasion.
EXO's rabidly loyal fans made the group's first full-length LP, "XOXO," become Korea's first million-selling album in 12 years and bring millions of clicks to the group's YouTube channel. Plus, the act has already established a global fanbase, seeing its latest EP, "Overdose," hit No. 129 on Billboard 200. With such fan fervor, it is no surprise that the tickets to EXO's first solo concert in Seoul, "EXO FROM EXOPLANET #1 - THE LOST PLANET," sold out in less than two seconds. And after selling out a second night, a third night's show was added as well.
But in the midst of what seemed like a smooth-sailing career kickstart, an unexpected turn hit when Kris, the Chinese-born, Canadian member and leader of EXO sub-group EXO-M, abruptly filed a suit against SM Entertainment in a bid to nullify his exclusive contract. The news broke out a week before EXO's big Seoul date, leaving many fans puzzled and disappointed.