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Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Growl by EXO. They are a Korean/Chinese boyband consisting of 12 members who are divided into subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M. EXO-K sing in Korean and EXO-M sing in Mandarin. Their name comes from the tern "exoplanet" (a planet outside the solar system). The members of EXO-K are Suho, Kai, Baekhyun, D.O., Chanyeol and Sehun (all Korean) and EXO-M's members are Kris (Chinese/Canadian) Xiumin and Chen, (both Korean) and Luhan, Lay and Tao (all Chinese). Suho and Kris are the team leaders of their respective groups.

EXO released their prologue single (I think like a "pre debut" for the EP) What Is Love in January 2012, their debut single and EP Mama in April 2013 and their debut album XOXO in June 2013. (A repackaged version was released 2 months later). They also brought out another EP called Miracles in December at the end of 2013 and are due to release their 3rd EP, Overdose later this year. All their music is released in two versions, Korean (EXO-K) and Mandarin (EXO-M)

I first came across EXO when they showed the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards on British TV just after Christmas. (I think I heard about them before but didn't know their music.) I also listened to their song Mama (both Korean and Chinese versions) as part of my 1000 Songs In A Year Challenge.  They performed both Growl and Wolf at the Mnet Awards (also known as MAMA). Growl was my favourite out of the two, so I decided to post it. :) It's is from XOXO which won the MAMA Album of The Year award and was released as a single in August 2013. Growl itself won Song of the Year at the 2013 MelOn Music Awards.*



                            
                                                   Growl (Korean version)


                                                     Growl (Chinese version)
 

There are also two other videos for Growl (Korean 2nd version and Chinese 2nd version). You can watch them here:

Growl 2nd version (Korean)

Growl 2nd version (Chinese)


Do you have a favourite version of the song or video? Which do you prefer- EXO-K or EXO-M? Or both? :)



For more about EXO visit these links:

Official site (Korean language): http://exo.smtown.com/


EXO-K:

Facebook (Korean/English): https://www.facebook.com/exok

Weibo (Chinese): www.weibo.com/exok


EXO-M:

 Facebook (Korean/English): https://www.facebook.com/exom

Weibo (Chinese): www.weibo.com/exom


Watch EXO's performance at MAMA 2013 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKwB0QzqwO4



*Talking of music shows, I can't believe it's nearly time for Eurovision already! It seems to come round quickly every year but is earlier this time, on 10th May. I'll do a post about it soon. :)

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