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EXO, K-Pop’s New Boy Band, Is Even Dreamier Than One Direction

These 12 guys are taking the world by storm. Can YOU handle it?

1. This is EXO, who might be the hottest boy band on the planet right now.

2. One Direction has five members? Yeah, well, EXO has TWELVE.

3. These are their names:

That’s Kris, Suho, Xiumin, Lu Han, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Tao, Kai, and Sehun.

4. They’re divided into two adorable subgroups: EXO-K, who sing in Korean…

(Exo-K has more red-headed people.)

5. …and EXO-M, who sing in Mandarin.

(They have more blond people.)

6. All of EXO is from Korea, except for Luhan, Lay, and Tao, who are from China…

7. …and Kris, who hails from CANADA.

8. They’re all between the ages of 19 and 23.

 

9. Their name was taken from “exoplanet,” a term referring to planets outside of the Solar System.

10. Their music has been wildly successful in just a short time: EXO’s two albums, the 2012 debut Mama and 2013’s XOXO have sold almost a million units.

11. Both factions of EXO release the same songs and videos, with EXO-K performing one version in Korean and EXO-M performing it in Mandarin.

Here’s the Korean version of one of their biggest hits, “Growl.”

12. And here’s “Growl” in Chinese.

13. In the video for their new single, “Wolf,” they form a tree of life and do all kinds of freaky dance moves.

According to the Daily Dot, a lot of fans aren’t too happy with all the weird tree/wolf stuff.

14. But also maybe because they all dressed like this in the video:

15. Sometimes they all perform together, and it gets a little crowded.

16. But they’re all really good dancers.

17. Kris is the “cute one,” so he’s basically the Harry Styles of EXO.

 

He’s also Exo-M’s main rapper.

18. Kai is the lead dancer and could also be considered the “cute one.”

 

19. Chanyeol is the main rapper for EXO-K. He has red hair.

 

20. A lot of people also like Luhan, who has red hair and a superb jawline.

 

21. Sehun is most noted for his crazy hair colors.

 

22. EXO fans are known as “EXOtics,” and they may be even more devoted than 1D fans.

23. They are the faces of a chia seed face cream.

25. So get ready for EXO to take over America… they’re coming.

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