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The band released a Chinese and Korean version of their album, along with music videos for the double title tracks “Lucky One” and “Monster.” Within just a couple hours of publishing to YouTube, both videos have attracted almost 500,000 views each.
Following the teasers released last week, the two videos are a stark contrast. “Lucky One” features playful and funky music—slightly reminiscent of Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Disney’s Tron—and lots of white and bright lights. True to its roots, the members of Exo show off the elemental powers they’ve held since debuting in 2012. The video reveals to be a laboratory setting in space. Altogether, the video seems strangely similar to one of the most popular fanfictions in Exo fandom.
“Monster,” on the other hand, has a powerful sound with equally strong choreography, as promised by member Kai in May at a fan event in Shanghai. Here the deep and dark colors give off a serious atmosphere. In some scenes, the boys wear sleek suits, seated at a long table Last Supper-style. In others, the members are shown as bloodied rioters, which answers fans’ questions regarding youngest member Sehun’s previous Instagram post.
Hours after release, Exo has already achieved all-kill status on the top Korean music charts, including the entire album filling the top nine spots on the Melon chart. An all-kill occurs when a group simultaneously reaches the peak spot of the seven major music charts in Korea. The group will have their first comeback stage on Korean music show M!Countdown later this week.
Sherry Tucci is a fandom reporter who specializes in Korean pop culture and anime. In addition to her work at the Daily Dot, her reporting has appeared in the Daily Texan.