History GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff / Music

13th May '18 12:42:38 AM LaptopGuy
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* When Music/AlanisMorissette released ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'' in 1995, she had a tough time getting airplay in her home country of Canada, because she already had a past there as a Debbie Gibson-style teen-pop diva in the early '90s. In fact, Ottawa media outlets were flooded with complaints from disgusted citizens when she was given a key to the city. In the U.S., however, ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'' is one of the greatest-selling albums of all time, and Morissette dominated the airwaves in the mid-'90s. (Her more alternative persona was eventually embraced by Canadians as well; it just took a while.)

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* When Music/AlanisMorissette released ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'' in 1995, she had a tough time getting airplay in her home country of Canada, because she already had a past there as a Debbie Gibson-style teen-pop diva in the early '90s. In fact, Ottawa media outlets were flooded with complaints from disgusted citizens when she was given a key to the city. In the U.S., however, ''Music/JaggedLittlePill'' is one of the greatest-selling albums of all time, as the grunge-friendly nation was more open to her, and Morissette dominated the airwaves in the mid-'90s. (Her more alternative persona was eventually embraced by Canadians as well; it just took a while.)



* Pop star Music/{{Anastacia}}, who was born in Chicago, has sold about 20 million albums and is successful in almost every country on Earth... except her native United States, where she is only somewhat known.

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* Pop star Music/{{Anastacia}}, who was born in Chicago, has sold about 20 million albums and is successful in almost every country on Earth... except her native United States, where she is only somewhat known.known for being a textbook example of this trope.



* American musician Music/ScatmanJohn wasn't particularly popular in his home country, but enjoyed huge success in several European countries and ''especially'' in Japan (which was unusual for a foreign musician). Just how popular was he in Japan? Not only did they sell dolls of him and have him on phone cards, they also made a parody of him Ultraman with him wearing Scatman John's hat and mustache.

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* American musician Music/ScatmanJohn wasn't particularly popular in his home country, country (at least prior to his death), but enjoyed huge success in several European countries and ''especially'' in Japan (which was unusual for a foreign musician). Just how popular was he in Japan? Not only did they sell dolls of him and have him on phone cards, they also made a parody of him Ultraman with him wearing Scatman John's hat and mustache.



* Music/{{Rihanna}} is from Barbados but her biggest market by far is America, where she's one of the biggest and most successful pop stars of the 00's/10's. An artist from Barbados having any success stateside, let alone the amount she's had, is practically unheard of. In fact, she's easily Barbados's biggest export in ''anything'', not just music.

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* Music/{{Rihanna}} is from Barbados but but, because Barbados is an extremely small country, her biggest market by far is America, where she's one of the biggest and most successful pop stars of the 00's/10's. An artist from Barbados having any success stateside, let alone the amount she's had, is practically unheard of. In fact, she's easily Barbados's biggest export in ''anything'', not just music.



** Music/BobMarley in particular is huge in many UsefulNotes/ThirdWorld countries. It has been said that when you travel to Latin America, Africa, Asia, The Pacific Ocean you're bound to hear his music and see his image more than any other internationally famous pop star, even overshadowing stars like Music/ElvisPresley. Only in the USA he is still nothing but a cult star.

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** Music/BobMarley in particular is huge in many UsefulNotes/ThirdWorld countries. It has been said that when you travel to Latin America, Africa, Asia, The Pacific Ocean you're bound to hear his music and see his image more than any other internationally famous pop star, even overshadowing stars like Music/ElvisPresley. Only For a while, only in the USA was he is still considered nothing but a cult star.star. This only changed around the late 1990s.



* Music/KingsOfLeon were already very popular in the UK before they got noticed in the US, scoring nine Top 40 singles and having all of their albums peak in the Top 5 of the album chart. While they've since broken out in the US as well, "Use Somebody" remains their only real pop hit there, and the only other song of theirs most Americans recognize is "Sex on Fire".

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* Music/KingsOfLeon were already very popular in the UK before they got noticed in the US, scoring nine Top 40 singles and having all of their albums peak in the Top 5 of the album chart. While they've since broken out in the US as well, "Use Somebody" remains their only real pop hit there, and the only other song of theirs most Americans recognize is its direct predecessor "Sex on Fire".



* When the Music/DixieChicks made their political statement about how ashamed they were of representing the same state as then-President Bush, their popularity declined in the United States. However, said statements won them a lot of new fans in Canada (to the point where their following tour had many added Canadian shows to replace canceled American shows) and a small following in Europe as well.

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* When the Music/DixieChicks made their political statement about how ashamed they were of representing the same state as then-President Bush, Bush during the height of the Iraq War, their popularity declined in the United States. However, said statements won them a lot of new fans in Canada (to the point where their following tour had many added Canadian shows to replace canceled American shows) and a small following in Europe as well.



* Music/IggyAzalea is hugely successful in the United States, where "Fancy" topped the US charts for a whopping seven weeks in 2014 and became a defining song in American pop culture that year. Back in Australia? She's received terrible reception and is rather disliked for skipping her home country and its hip-hop scene, and for faking an American accent. In fact her (now cancelled) ''Great Escape Tour'' was only going to have her tour North America.

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* Music/IggyAzalea is hugely successful in the United States, where "Fancy" topped the US charts for a whopping seven weeks in 2014 and became a defining song in American pop culture that year. Back in Australia? She's received terrible reception and is rather disliked for skipping her home country and its hip-hop scene, and for faking an American accent.accent; "Fancy" only got to #5 there. In fact her (now cancelled) ''Great Escape Tour'' was only going to have her tour North America. Attitudes against Azalea only took off in early 2015 when she got into a controversy over homophobia.



** On a more local level, "Royals" became quite popular with baseball fans in UsefulNotes/KansasCity in 2014, when their baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, finally went to the World Series again for the first time since 1985. It probably helps that the title of the song was [[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/lorde-hit-song-royals-inspired-kansas-city-baseball-022130607--mlb.html inspired]] by a photo Lorde saw of one of their players signing baseballs. On the other hand, around that time, at least two stations in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6289128/lorde-royals-banned-san-francisco-world-series temporarily boycotted the song]] for the exact same reason -- namely, they were playing the Royals in the World Series.

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** On a more local level, "Royals" became quite popular with baseball fans in UsefulNotes/KansasCity in 2014, when their baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, finally went to the World Series again for the first time since 1985. It probably helps that the title of the song was [[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/lorde-hit-song-royals-inspired-kansas-city-baseball-022130607--mlb.html inspired]] by a photo Lorde saw of one of their players signing baseballs. On the other hand, around that time, at least two stations in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6289128/lorde-royals-banned-san-francisco-world-series temporarily boycotted the song]] for the exact same reason -- namely, they the San Francisco Giants were playing the Royals in the World Series.



* Music/SamSmith, although big in the U.K., tends to get stuck in Music/EdSheeran's shadow. In the U.S. though, while Sheeran is still the bigger name, it's a much closer contest.

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* Music/SamSmith, although big in the U.K., tends to get stuck in Music/EdSheeran's shadow. In the U.S. though, while Sheeran is still the bigger name, it's a much closer contest. However, Sheeran has widened the gap in recent years.
30th Apr '18 9:46:22 PM nombretomado
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* Music/TomWaits has a song titled "Big in Japan" reflecting this trope. Alphaville has one too, but it's [[IThoughtItMeant not about]] ''[[{{Pun}} that]]'' kind of "big".

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* Music/TomWaits has a song titled "Big in Japan" reflecting this trope. Alphaville has one too, but it's [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not about]] ''[[{{Pun}} that]]'' kind of "big".
25th Apr '18 4:41:30 PM KizunaTallis
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* Pop star Anastacia, who was born in Chicago, has sold about 20 million albums and is successful in almost every country on Earth... except her native United States, where she is only somewhat known.

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* Pop star Anastacia, Music/{{Anastacia}}, who was born in Chicago, has sold about 20 million albums and is successful in almost every country on Earth... except her native United States, where she is only somewhat known.



* {{Trance}} music originated in Germany and does have a strong fandom there, but the genre is especially hugely popular in the Netherlands (which houses the biggest trance acts on the planet, including Music/ArminVanBuuren, Music/{{Tiesto}}, and Music/FerryCorsten), the UK, Japan, Egypt, Australia, and Argentina. Meanwhile, the DarkerAndEdgier psychedelic and full-on varieties are very popular in Israel with many big name acts like Astral Projection, Astrix and Infected Mushroom coming from there, and psytrance scenes have also popped up in South Africa, northern Europe and India (thanks to its history with the Goa rave scene). It's [[ZigzaggedTrope a mixed bag]] in the USA - trance is arguably one of the most well-loved genres of electronic dance music and has experienced a steady growth in [[NewbieBoom new fans]], even though commercially, it falls behind harder sounding genres.

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* {{Trance}} music originated in Germany and does have a strong fandom there, but the genre is especially hugely popular in the Netherlands (which houses the biggest trance acts on the planet, including Music/ArminVanBuuren, Music/{{Tiesto}}, and Music/FerryCorsten), the UK, Japan, Egypt, Australia, and Argentina. Meanwhile, the DarkerAndEdgier psychedelic and full-on varieties are very popular in Israel with many big name acts like Astral Projection, Astrix and Infected Mushroom coming from there, and psytrance scenes have also popped up in South Africa, northern Europe and India (thanks to its history with the Goa rave scene). It's [[ZigzaggedTrope a mixed bag]] in the USA - trance is arguably one of the most well-loved genres of electronic dance music and has experienced a steady growth in [[NewbieBoom new fans]], even though commercially, fans]] through TheNewTens, but it falls behind harder sounding genres.genres in terms of commercial success and still perceived by non-electronic listeners as being [[{{Glurge}} cheesy and overtly sentimental]].
20th Apr '18 2:57:07 PM wolftickets1969
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* American synthpop trio Information Society arguably has a far more loyal fan base in Brazil than in their home country.

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* American synthpop trio Information Society Music/InformationSociety arguably has a far more loyal fan base in Brazil than in their home country.


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* Contemporary R&B artist Mýa (Harrison) had a decent stint of popularity in her home country during the late '90s and early 2000s, but gained a surprise following in Japan, where she released at least two exclusive albums.
28th Mar '18 4:29:06 PM Infinity183
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* While Kim Wilde is certainly not a lightweight hitmaker in her native UK, she's even huger in Germany and Switzerland, where she is arguably the most successful female pop singer of the 1980s next to Music/{{Madonna}}. Not only have her albums regularly sold better in those countries than in the UK, but several of her singles that flopped domestically became massive hits in the German and Swiss markets. For example, "The Second Time", the leadoff single from her fourth studio LP ''Teases & Dares'', barely scraped the top 30 of the UK Singles Chart but was a top 10 hit in Germany and Switzerland. Songs like "Cambodia", "Dancing in the Dark", "Hey Mister Heartache", and "It's Here" also did much better in those territories than at home. Even throughout the 21st century, Wilde's albums have continued to chart pretty well abroad and she even scored a couple of minor hits with "You Came 2006" and "Lights Down Low", not to mention a guest appearance on [[Music/{{Nena}} Nena's]] 2003 smash "Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime".
11th Mar '18 3:05:25 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Justified in the case of ultra-dark Japanese [[IdolSinger idol group]] Music/{{Necronomidol}}. They aren't very popular in Japan but started having a sizable fanbase in other countries, because their producer is American: he's interested in expanding the fanbase abroad, and knows how to do it, while usually idol units aren't marketed to other countries.
9th Mar '18 7:08:09 AM AndyLA
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** The genre's popularity extends to [[http://www.eurodance-music.ru Russia]], Canada, Brazil and Australia in the early-to-mid 90's.

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** The genre's popularity extends to [[http://www.eurodance-music.ru Russia]], Canada, Brazil (where Italian acts within the genre, such as Double You, are popular as well) and Australia in the early-to-mid 90's.
9th Mar '18 7:05:00 AM AndyLA
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* PowerMetal and ProgressiveMetal (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Progressive Power Metal]]) is practically mainstream in Brazil. Bands from Europe and Japan fly all the way to South America to give concerts in sold out theatre venues. This is why when [[BonusTrack Bonus Tracks]] aren't meant for Japan, they're almost always meant for the Brazilian or at least South American market. Angra is one of the most striking examples: absolutely massive in Japan and South America (to the point where they are the second-highest-selling rock act of all time in their homeland Brazil) and a frequent high-billing act on the European festival circuit, but a niche act in the US that plays there once in a blue moon and only in areas with a high concentration of South American nationals; the status of guitarist Kiko Loureiro (who was recently drafted to replace Chris Broderick in the new formation of Music/{{Megadeth}}) and ex-drummer Aquiles Priester are the only things keeping them from being even more obscure there.

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* PowerMetal and ProgressiveMetal (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Progressive Power Metal]]) is practically mainstream in Brazil. Bands from Europe and Japan fly all the way to South America to give concerts in sold out theatre venues. This is why when [[BonusTrack Bonus Tracks]] aren't meant for Japan, they're almost always meant for the Brazilian or at least South American market. Angra is one of the most striking examples: absolutely massive in Japan and South America (to the point where they are the second-highest-selling rock act of all time in their homeland Brazil) and a frequent high-billing act on the European festival circuit, but a niche act in the US that plays there once in a blue moon and only in areas with a high concentration of South American nationals; the status of guitarist Kiko Loureiro (who was recently drafted to replace Chris Broderick in the new formation of Music/{{Megadeth}}) and ex-drummer Aquiles Priester (who recently played with German power metal band Primal Fear, toured with Music/{{WASP}}, had filled in for an injured Ian Hill in a series of Music/JudasPriest concerts in Brazil and auditioned for Music/DreamTheater after Mike Portnoy left the band before they settled with Mike Mangini) are the only things keeping them from being even more obscure there.
9th Mar '18 6:42:03 AM AndyLA
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* While not as famous as they used to be, Music/{{Scorpions}} still retain a huge fan base in Greece possibly greater than the one in their home country Germany. This is why they do at least one concert every year in Greece.

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* While not as famous as they used to be, Music/{{Scorpions}} still retain a huge fan base in Greece possibly greater than the one in their home country Germany. This is why they do at least one concert every year in Greece.Greece, including their ''MTV Unplugged'' album.
25th Feb '18 10:32:29 PM Ezclee4050
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* Music/TheyMightBeGiants have a generally decent following in their homeland of America, but they were (at least early on) much more warmly received at shows in the United Kingdom and Japan during overseas tours.

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* Music/TheyMightBeGiants have a generally decent following in their homeland of America, but they were (at least early on) much more warmly received at shows in the United Kingdom and Japan during overseas tours. They also achieved a Top 10 hit in the UK ("Birdhouse in Your Soul") while never coming anywhere close to a mainstream hit single in the US.
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