The twelve members of EXO emerged as one of K-pop’s most promising acts after the success of “Growl,” their breakout smash that peaked at No. 3 on K-Pop Hot 100 this summer. The SM Entertainment boy band looks to close the year strong with a special Christmas album, “Miracles in December.” The hotly-anticipated album comes in response to fans’ passionate support.
To kick off the album, EXO dropped the track “Miracles in December” in both a Korean and Chinese version. Arranged by Don Spike and written by Yoon Sora, the track is a piano-intensive, wintry ballad with string flourishes featuring the group’s main vocalists D.O., Chen, Baekhyun telling a heart-ripping, melancholy tale of lost love. Their intense vocals express the mourning of a man whose fantasy of his lost love keeps growing, but realizing she will never return in real life.
The music video for “Miracles in December” was released on Dec. 5 in both versions too. Instead of wowing viewers with their usual dynamic, powerful performing style — seen in the impressive “Growl” visual — the group seduces viewers with a soft, intriguing charisma.
The full, six-track album will be released on Dec. 9. EXO kicked off their official promotions for “Miracles in December” on Mnet’s “M COUNTDOWN” (watch the live performance below). They’ll also participate in SM Entertainment’s week-long extravaganza, “SMTOWN WEEK,” in Seoul, Korea featuring labelmates TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x).
Impressively, EXO is predicted to become the first million-selling K-pop act in 12 years. The original and repackaged versions of “XOXO” — that hit No. 1 on the World Albums chart and placed on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart — together, sold more than 900,000 copies to date. The group also won Best Korea Act at the 2013 MTV EMAs.