Huge International Superstars Most Americans Won’t Recognize SUBSCRIBE: https://youtu.be/nE2uhv-ZCSw : Just because a celebrity is famous internationally doesn’t mean the average American Jane or Joe would recognize them. From singers to Bollywood stars, these celebs are among the world’s best at what they do, even though you’ve probably never heard of them.
X Japan has been making heads bang across Asia since 1982. The heavy metal glam band has sold more than 30 million albums and sold out the Tokyo Dome a record 18 times, as of 2017. Drummer and co-founder Yoshiki is so recognizable in Japan that he was honored with the first Asian Icon Award in 2016. X Japan has even performed at Madison Square Garden and found some critical success in the States. So why aren’t you familiar with their work?
A documentary about the band, We Are X, played at both the Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals. And in 2018, they were invited to headline the Mojave stage at Coachella, becoming the first Japanese band to play at the renowned music festival. But unfortunately, a certain somebody named Beyoncé was performing at the exact same time. The veteran rockers took the bad timing in stride, with Yoshiki telling the Los Angeles Times that the only downside was that they couldn’t see Beyonce’s show and she couldn’t see theirs.
You’re pretty famous when you can go by only one name, which means that Colombian singer Juanes must be pretty huge. He was a member of the Latin rock band Ekhymosis from 1988 to 1999 before breaking free and going solo in the late ’90s. In 2000, he released his debut album Fíjate Bien, which earned him three Latin Grammys. Years later, he was holy rolling with the likes of Pope Francis at the 2016 World Meeting of Families.
Juanes released his first song in English, “Goodbye for Now,” in 2017, and yet, he’s still not a one-name wonder in the U.S. But all that could change soon. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2019, so it feels like only a matter of time before we’ll all be joining his fan club.
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