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Exo gets K-pop’s best rank yet

Billboard.com recently released its 2014 year-end wrap-up, which includes a number of rankings. Notably, the up-and-coming 10-member Exo came in seventh on the World Albums Artists list.

SM Entertainment, the agency behind the band, said on Dec. 13, “Exo has become the first Korean group to rank highly on the charts and prove its global influence.”

Exo’s digital single “Overdose,” released in May, ranked 129th on the Billboard 200, which lists the highest-ranked albums and EPs in the United States.

But despite the group’s tough year - two of its Chinese members left the group after filing separate lawsuits against SM Entertainment earlier this year - Exo has lived up to its name, grabbing numerous awards and topping major music charts.

Earlier this month, it earned four prizes at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards held in Hong Kong.

Billboard.com also unveiled its list of the 10 Best K-pop Albums of 2014.

2NE1’s “Crush,” Nell’s “Newton’s Apple” and IU’s “A Flower Bookmark” are just some of the records that made the list.

Billboard.com highly praised 2NE1’s second studio album, “Crush,” the first released in nearly four years, saying, “The album sees the girls exploring new sonic territory via the reggae/trap hybrid single ‘Come Back Home,’ straight-up R&B cuts ‘Baby I Miss You’ and ‘Good to You,’ as well as leader CL rocking out solo on ‘MTBD.’”

BY SUNG SO-YOUNG
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