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XOXO (Kiss&Hug) is the first studio album by South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, released on June 3, 2013 by S.M. Entertainment. The album is a follow-up to the group's debut EP, MAMA (2012). Like all of the group's music, the album was released in two versions – a Korean "Kiss" edition and a Chinese "Hug" edition.
Two title singles spawned from XOXO: "Wolf" and "Growl", the latter being the lead single off the album's repackaged version, which was released on August 5, 2013. Both singles went to chart in the top ten of the Gaon Singles Chart, and "Growl" peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100. Other non-promotional tracks in XOXO also reached popularity in real-time charts, as they have topped almost every online real-time music charts of South Korea and China.
XOXO was a commercial success. The album reached over 300,000 collective pre-orders, and peaked at number one on the Billboard World Album Chart a week after release. As of December 2013, the Korean and Chinese versions of the album, as well as their respective repackaged versions, have collectively sold over 1,070,000 copies, making it the best-selling album of the year in the K-pop industry. With over a million copies sold, XOXO also became Korea's best-selling album in 12 years.
XOXO won Album of the Year at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and its second lead single "Growl" won Song of the Year at the MelOn Music Awards.
Background and releaseEdit
XOXO was released on June 3, 2013, in two editions; a "Kiss" edition (Korean) and a "Hug" edition (Chinese). It reached 300,000+ preorders before its release. The album contains their lead promotional single "Wolf", five new tracks, as well as the long-awaited developmental tracks "My Lady", "Baby, Don't Cry", "Black Pearl" and "Let Out the Beast" that were featured in EXO's pre-debut teaser videos. A repackaged version of the album, with a new lead single, "Growl", was released on August 5, 2013.
The repackaged version peaked at number one on Taiwan's Five Music Weekly chart for three weeks.