The late '90s/early '00s was a golden era of pop music, and EXO's new single "Call Me Baby" is what we'd imagine 'N Sync sounding like if they were at their peak in 2015. But the guys not only bust out hook after hook after hook in their addictive singles, but have rap and dance breakdowns too. Try not to get addicted above.
'N Sync launched a public legal battle when their manager, A.J., put a Backstreet Boys tour on hold to enter rehab; One Direction is dealing with Zayn's departure; no boy band is without some controversy in their journey. EXO is no stranger to this, having lost two guys from its original 12-member lineup that debuted in the spring of 2012 with first single "Mama" (above). Members Kris and Luhan filed lawsuits against their record label to terminate their contracts last year. While it's undoubtedly been tough for fans, EXO continues selling tons of albums. In fact...
WOW EXO EXODUS #5 US ITunes top 100 👍 pic.twitter.com/fkaf54wIpa— ☞Beto:)☜ (@rockerbeto) March 31, 2015
Even though EXO's never released a song in English, the band's made remarkable inroads on the American charts. Last year, after the success of their Overdose EP, the guys earned the distinction of being named Billboard's best-selling K-pop act in a year ever. The set hit No. 126 on the Billboard 200, a chart that rarely features Korean music.
Now Exodus looks like it's going to blow that feat out of the water. The LP peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. iTunes Top Albums chart—hanging out around Taylor Swift and Drake—and has floated in the Top 40 since its release.
No doubt about it: It's hard to keep track of 10 different dudes. Luckily, EXO and their record label are doing a pretty awesome job making sure each member gets his own shine lately. To hype up the release of Exodus, every member was featured in a teaser video that showed the guys traveling around foreign locations like Barcelona, London and even the Rocky Mountains. It was a cool way to help fans get to know each member more.
An informal poll conducted in the Fuse office deemed Lay our favorite member, so check out his mysterious video clip above, filmed in China's Yunnan district.
EXO has teamed up with a slew of Western hitmakers. Their 2014 single "Overdose" was produced by the Underdogs (responsible for tracks like Beyoncé's "Listen," Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music,"Jordin Sparks' "No Air") while "Call Me Baby" was the creation of new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley. Stereotypes (Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love," Danity Kane's "Damaged") also worked on the Exodus track "Transformer."
Can your favorite boy band pull off rainbow hair? Didn't think so.