EXO's Ko Ko Bop tops 100 million views on YouTube

Boyband EXO arrive at the Melon Music Awards 2017 in Seoul, on Dec 2.
Boyband EXO arrive at the Melon Music Awards 2017 in Seoul, on Dec 2.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The music video for K-pop boyband EXO's Ko Ko Bop has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.

The video for the lead track off The War, the group's fourth full-length studio album released in July, hit the milestone on Tuesday (Dec 12) morning, becoming the group's sixth video to surpass 100 million views on the global video-sharing website.

The K-pop sensation had already broken the mark five times, with Overdose, Growl, Call Me Baby, Monster and Wolf.

According to monthly album charts on Gaon, the group has sold nearly 1.6 million copies of The War, including the repackaged version The War: The Power Of Music, the highest figure among all EXO albums.

EXO is set to release a special winter album on Dec 21.

Top K-pop groups are beginning to breach the 100 million views mark in just a few months as the genre grows more popular internationally. BTS, the first K-pop group to break into the Top 40 of the US Billboard Charts, had 194 million views of its song DNA, released on Sept 18 this year. 

In comparison, the viral song PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) by Japanese comic Pikotaro has only 129 million views since it came out last year.

Korea's break-out international hit Gangnam Style by Psy has had over 3 billion views on YouTube since it was released in 2012.