By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Billboard has released its “14 Artists to Watch in 2014″ list and it includes Korean boy band EXO.
“They’re not household names… yet, but these 14 music makers – including pop stars in the making, soulful UK upstarts, an up and coming rapper, and a few hot groups – are primed to do big things this year,” according to Billboard.com.
|EXO (Photos courtesy of EXO’s official Facebook page)|
Making it to the list are John Newman, FKA Twigs, Lo-Fang, Holychild, Jillian Banks, HAERTS, Sam Smith, Ella Eyre, Rich Homie Quan, EXO, Hot Since 82, Sampha, Sza and Sohn.
“EXO looks positioned to be K-pop’s next crossover phenom with an American fanbase brewing for the 12-member boy band,” Billboard.com said.
EXO rose to fame in 2013, thanks to their first studio album “XOXO,” which featured the songs “Growl” and “Wolf.”
The album was released in two versions as well as its repackaged format. The four versions sold more than one million copies last year.
“Growl” is the third most viewed K-pop music video on YouTube in the US, according to Billboard. The music video was released on YouTube last July and it has accumulated 24 million views to date.
“Growl” and “Wolf” became the fifth and ninth biggest selling K-pop songs in the US based on Billboard’s World Digital Songs yearend chart.
The chart was topped by Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman.” Other songs in the top 10 are Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby,” Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy,” 2NE1′s “I Am the Best,” CL’s “The Baddest Female,” Psy’s “Right Now” and 2NE1′s “Falling in Love.”
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