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24th Jun '16 9:22:05 PM LaptopGuy
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* Although she was fairly popular in the UK, Natalia Kills is known internationally only for her career-ending scandal on the New Zealand version of the ''Series/TheXFactor''.
18th Jun '16 12:33:05 AM gewunomox
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* This trope was very deliberately {{subverted|Trope}} with HallAndOates in TheEighties. They noticed, certainly after disco died, how racially segregated white and black radio stations were becoming, and sought to create a blue-eyed soul/pop/new wave/rock/dance style that was partly informed by white and black influences and would appeal to both audiences, which they succeeded in doing for the first half of that decade.

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* This trope was very deliberately {{subverted|Trope}} with HallAndOates ''Hall and Oates'' in TheEighties. They noticed, certainly after disco died, how racially segregated white and black radio stations were becoming, and sought to create a blue-eyed soul/pop/new wave/rock/dance style that was partly informed by white and black influences and would appeal to both audiences, which they succeeded in doing for the first half of that decade.
3rd Jun '16 5:15:08 AM LaptopGuy
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* Website/YouTube user Hola Soy German is very popular in Latin American countries (to the point where he has over 27 million subscribers, making him the second most subscribed person on Website/YouTube[[note]]after LetsPlay/PewDiePie[[/note]]), but is almost completely unknown outside of them. He didn't even have an article on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] until May 2014.

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* Website/YouTube user Hola Soy German is very popular in Latin American countries (to the point where he has over 27 million subscribers, making him the second most subscribed person on Website/YouTube[[note]]after LetsPlay/PewDiePie[[/note]]), but is almost completely unknown outside of them. He didn't even have an article on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] until May 2014.2014, and still doesn't have one on this Wiki.
2nd Jun '16 11:10:13 PM toonyloon
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* Website/YouTube user Hola Soy German is very popular in Latin American countries, (to the point where he has over 18 million subscribers) but is virtually unknown outside of them. He didn't have an article on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] until May 2014.

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* Website/YouTube user Hola Soy German is very popular in Latin American countries, countries (to the point where he has over 18 27 million subscribers) subscribers, making him the second most subscribed person on Website/YouTube[[note]]after LetsPlay/PewDiePie[[/note]]), but is virtually almost completely unknown outside of them. He didn't even have an article on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] until May 2014.
24th May '16 11:38:44 AM Sapphirea2
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* Broadway actors often refer to themselves as "only famous for a couple of blocks". There are performers with astounding track records of roles and piles of awards who are absolute unknowns outside of New York City. Some have shaken this with success in film and television (such as Creator/KristinChenoweth, Creator/IdinaMenzel, Cheyenne Jackson, Creator/AaronTveit, Creator/LeaMichele, and Creator/JonathanGroff most recently), but going through a list of names of Tony winners will leave the average person scratching their head. From TheNewTens winners alone: Norbert Leo Butz? Sutton Foster? Audra [=McDonald=], who won a record-setting ''sixth'' acting Tony in 2014? This is ''somewhat'' justified. A successful Broadway show can launch a tour or sister production in another city -- most often London; the cities are Transatlantic siblings since it's easy to transfer a show from one to the other as there's no need to translate it into another language -- but the original leads usually don't leave New York. Most theater productions are not recorded for posterity, aside from cast albums for musicals, limiting the audience for these actors to devoted Broadway fans and those who come to New York and see them. This also applies to London's West End stars; just substitute Oliviers for Tonys -- Maria Friedman? Michael Ball? Even actors who've racked up honors on ''both'' sides of ThePond remain unknown to the masses -- Mark Rylance? Creator/DouglasHodge? Many of these performers do film and/or TV as well, but they're [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra usually relegated to supporting/minor roles or guest spots]], [[MoneyDearBoy albeit well-compensated ones]].

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* Broadway actors often refer to themselves as "only famous for a couple of blocks". There are performers with astounding track records of roles and piles of awards who are absolute unknowns outside of New York City. Some have shaken this with success in film and television (such as Creator/KristinChenoweth, Creator/IdinaMenzel, Cheyenne Jackson, Creator/AaronTveit, Creator/LeaMichele, Creator/JonathanGroff, and Creator/JonathanGroff most recently), Mark Rylance in recent years), but going through a list of names of Tony winners will leave the average person scratching their head. From TheNewTens winners alone: Norbert Leo Butz? Sutton Foster? Audra [=McDonald=], who won a record-setting ''sixth'' acting Tony in 2014? This is ''somewhat'' justified. A successful Broadway show can launch a tour or sister production in another city -- most often London; the cities are Transatlantic siblings since it's easy to transfer a show from one to the other as there's no need to translate it into another language -- but the original leads usually don't leave New York. Most theater productions are not recorded for posterity, aside from cast albums for musicals, limiting the audience for these actors to devoted Broadway fans and those who come to New York and see them. This also applies to London's West End stars; just substitute Oliviers for Tonys -- Maria Friedman? Michael Ball? Even actors who've racked up honors on ''both'' sides of ThePond remain Creator/DouglasHodge? All unknown to the masses -- Mark Rylance? Creator/DouglasHodge? Many of these performers do film and/or TV as well, but they're masses, and [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra usually relegated to supporting/minor roles or guest spots]], spots in film and TV]] -- [[MoneyDearBoy albeit well-compensated ones]].ones]] -- if they work in those media at all.
11th May '16 4:34:50 PM R1ck
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29th Apr '16 9:37:06 PM LaptopGuy
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* There are a few country artists known for exactly one song in the mainstream despite being very popular to its core audience: examples include Lonestar's "Amazed", Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats", Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist", Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup", Little Big Town's "Girl Crush", Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song", Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", The Band Perry's "If I Die Young", Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time", Cam's "Burning House", Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man", Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance", or Hunter Hayes' "Wanted". Rascal Flatts have two mainstream hits, "What Hurts The Most" and "Life is a Highway". It also doesn't help that among these, neither "Accidental Racist" nor "Life Is a Highway" was a single (although the latter did get some airplay).

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* There are a few country artists known for exactly one song in the mainstream despite being very popular to its core audience: examples include Lonestar's "Amazed", Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats", Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist", Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup", Little Big Town's "Girl Crush", Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song", Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", The Band Perry's "If I Die Young", Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time", Cam's "Burning House", Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man", Maren Morris's "My Church", Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance", or Hunter Hayes' "Wanted". Rascal Flatts have two mainstream hits, "What Hurts The Most" and "Life is a Highway". It also doesn't help that among these, neither "Accidental Racist" nor "Life Is a Highway" was a single (although the latter did get some airplay).



* Music/ArcticMonkeys are yet another similar case. They're hugely worshipped in the rock community and are a pretty big deal back in the U.K., but to average Americans, they're just the band who did "Do I Wanna Know?"



* Music/LennyKravitz was hugely successful in the '90s and early 2000s, scoring smash hits like "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over", "Fly Away", and "Again." To many younger audiences, he's chiefly known as Cinna, the dresser from ''Film/TheHungerGames'' series, leaving many people confused as to why an actor was playing a guitar during Music/KatyPerry's Super Bowl halftime show.

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* Music/LennyKravitz was hugely successful in the '90s and early 2000s, scoring smash hits like "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over", "Are You Gonna Go My Way", "Fly Away", and "Again." To many younger audiences, he's chiefly known as Cinna, the dresser from ''Film/TheHungerGames'' series, leaving many people confused as to why an actor was playing a guitar during Music/KatyPerry's Super Bowl halftime show.



* [[ElectronicMusic EDM]] is basically mainstream in Europe, to the point where pure EDM songs can make pop hits. In the US, it's popular enough to have a vocal fanbase and the biggest names can draw in huge crowds, but the reception outside the fandom can be very polarizing. Additionally, names that are big in EDM won't ring a bell outside the audience. For example, everyone knows about Music/{{Skrillex}} and Music/{{Deadmau5}} ([[MainstreamObscurity even if they've never listened to their music]]), but mention names like "Alesso", "DJ Snake", "Diplo", "Clean Bandit", "Steve Aoki", "Disclosure", "Zedd", "Avicii", and "Major Lazer" to people not into that music, and they're likely to be stumped.

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* [[ElectronicMusic EDM]] is basically mainstream in Europe, to the point where pure EDM songs can make pop hits. In the US, it's popular enough to have a vocal fanbase and the biggest names can draw in huge crowds, but the reception outside the fandom can be very polarizing. Additionally, names that are big in EDM won't ring a bell outside the audience. For example, everyone knows about Music/{{Skrillex}} Music/DavidGuetta, Music/CalvinHarris, Music/{{Skrillex}}, and Music/{{Deadmau5}} ([[MainstreamObscurity even if they've never listened to their music]]), but mention names like "Alesso", "DJ Snake", "Diplo", "Clean Bandit", "Steve Aoki", "Disclosure", "Zedd", "Avicii", and "Major Lazer" to people not into that music, and they're likely to be stumped.



* Music/{{Disturbed}} is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Down with the Sickness".
* Music/PapaRoach is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Last Resort".

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* Music/{{Disturbed}} is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Down with the Sickness".
Sickness". This may be changing thanks to their popular cover of "The Sound of Silence".
* Music/PapaRoach is, to rock radio listeners, one of the biggest rock bands of the new millennium. However, to outside audiences they're known almost solely for their 2000 song "Last Resort".Resort" (although their only top 40 hit was 2005's "Scars").



* There are several other rock bands who fit the above trend. However, some of them, usually acts who weren't ''quite'' as big as the above four, [[DeaderThanDisco had massive declines in popularity as time went on]] and their one "mainstream" hit is all rock listeners remember by them either. Examples include Saliva's "Click Click Boom", Trapt's "Headstrong", Hinder's "Lips of an Angel", Music/DrowningPool's "Bodies", Hoobastank's "The Reason", Saving Abel's "Addicted", 10 Years' "Wasteland", Crossfade's "Cold", Default's "Wasting My Time", Mudvayne's "Happy?", Music/{{Buckcherry}}'s "Crazy Bitch", Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer", and Music/PuddleOfMudd's "Blurry" (with "Ladies and Gentlemen", "Not Falling", "Sorry", "One Thing", and "She Hates Me" ''possibly'' exempting first one and the latter four, respectively, from this status).
* This can also happen to alternative rock. Acts like Music/{{Gotye}} ("Somebody That I Used To Know"), Music/FosterThePeople ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Alex Clare ("Too Close"), Music/TwentyOnePilots ("Stressed Out"), Music/WalkTheMoon ("Shut Up and Dance"), Elle King ("Ex's and Oh's"), X Ambassadors ("Renegades"), Music/{{Hozier}} ("Take Me to Church"), The Lumineers ("Ho Hey"), Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound"), and Bastille ("Pompeii"); and to a lesser extent, Of Monsters & Men ("Little Talks"), Awolnation ("Sail), Kongos ("Come With Me Now"), Big Data ("Dangerous"), Bleachers ("I Wanna Get Better"), Music/{{Banks}} ("Beggin for Thread"), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats ("S.O.B."), Cold War Kids, "First", and Music/ArcticMonkeys ("Do I Wanna Know") are popular with indie audiences. Outside of that, they aren't known for much else. Only a handful of acts (namely Music/NeonTrees, Music/{{Fun}}, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/{{Lorde}}, Music/LanaDelRey, and Music/MumfordAndSuns) have multiple well known songs to the greater public.
* Music/LCDSoundsystem is one of the most respected indie rock bands alongside the likes of Music/ArcadeFire and Music/FranzFerdinand, and pioneered the DancePunk movement of the '00s. Their breakup in 2011 caused massive outcry in the indie scene, and when they finally reunited nearly five years later, there was much rejoicing. That said, not a whole lot of people outside their audience even knew who they were. When they headlined Coachella 2016, some were confused as to why a band they never heard of before was headlining such a massive event (the other two headliners being Music/GunsNRoses and Music/CalvinHarris, two music acts with far more commercial success).

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* There are several other rock bands who fit the above trend. However, some of them, usually acts who weren't ''quite'' as big as the above four, [[DeaderThanDisco had massive declines in popularity as time went on]] and their one "mainstream" hit is all rock listeners remember by them by either. Examples include Saliva's "Click Click Boom", Trapt's "Headstrong", Hinder's "Lips of an Angel", Music/DrowningPool's "Bodies", Hoobastank's "The Reason", Crazy Town's "Butterfly", Alien Ant Farm's cover of "[[Music/MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]]", Saving Abel's "Addicted", 10 Years' "Wasteland", Crossfade's "Cold", Default's "Wasting My Time", Mudvayne's "Happy?", Saliva's "Click Click Boom", Music/{{Buckcherry}}'s "Crazy Bitch", Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer", and Music/PuddleOfMudd's "Blurry" (with "Not Falling", "Ladies and Gentlemen", "Not Falling", "Sorry", "One Thing", and "She Hates Me" Me", respectively, ''possibly'' exempting first one and the latter four, respectively, five from this status).
* This can also happen to alternative rock. Acts like Music/{{Gotye}} ("Somebody That I Used To Know"), Music/FosterThePeople ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Alex Clare ("Too Close"), Music/TwentyOnePilots ("Stressed Out"), Music/WalkTheMoon ("Shut Up and Dance"), Elle King ("Ex's and Oh's"), X Ambassadors ("Renegades"), Music/{{Hozier}} ("Take Me to Church"), The Lumineers ("Ho Hey"), Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound"), and Bastille ("Pompeii"); and to a lesser extent, Of Monsters & Men ("Little Talks"), Awolnation ("Sail), ("Sail"), Kongos ("Come With Me Now"), Big Data ("Dangerous"), Bleachers ("I Wanna Get Better"), Music/{{Banks}} ("Beggin for Thread"), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats ("S.O.B."), Cold War Kids, "First", Kids ("First"), and Music/ArcticMonkeys ("Do I Wanna Know") are popular with indie audiences. Outside of that, they aren't known for much else. Only a handful of acts (namely Music/NeonTrees, Music/{{Fun}}, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/{{Lorde}}, Music/LanaDelRey, and Music/MumfordAndSuns) have multiple well known songs to the greater public.
* Music/LCDSoundsystem is one of the most respected indie rock bands alongside the likes of Music/ArcadeFire and Music/FranzFerdinand, and pioneered the DancePunk movement of the '00s. Their breakup in 2011 caused massive outcry in the indie scene, and when they finally reunited nearly five years later, there was much rejoicing. That said, not a whole lot of people outside their audience even knew who they were. When they headlined Coachella 2016, some were confused as to why a band they never heard of before was headlining such a massive event (the other two headliners being Music/GunsNRoses and Music/CalvinHarris, two music acts with far more commercial success). It doesn't help that one of the acts billed under them was global household name Music/EllieGoulding.


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* Music/TwentyOnePilots are one of the hottest names on the indie scene, but mainstream audiences likely aren't aware of anything they've done prior to 2015. Hardcore fans will remember that ''Vessel'' was a modest success and produced two #10 alternative hits, "Holding On to You" and "House of Gold", but casual audiences will assume that ''Blurryface'' was their debut album and their big breakout song was "Stressed Out" (or maybe "Tear in My Heart").
29th Apr '16 2:47:52 PM Midna
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* Similarly, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem was popular in Europe and is so huge in Brazil that production of the console continues there to this day, but it stood no chance (despite its technical superiority on most fronts!) against the juggernaut that was the NES in North America and Japan.

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* Similarly, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem was popular in Europe and is was so huge in Brazil that production of the console continues there to this day, but it stood no chance (despite its technical superiority on most fronts!) against the juggernaut that was the NES in North America and Japan.Japan and is little more than a footnote in gaming history there.
29th Apr '16 2:47:17 PM Midna
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* Similarly, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem was popular in Europe and is so huge in Brazil that production of the console continues there to this day, but it stood no chance (despite its technical superiority on most fronts!) against the juggernaut that was the NES in North America and Japan.
29th Apr '16 12:11:56 AM UltimateLazer
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* Music/LCDSoundsystem is one of the most respected indie rock bands alongside the likes of Music/ArcadeFire and Music/FranzFerdinand, and pioneered the DancePunk movement of the '00s. Their breakup in 2011 caused massive outcry in the indie scene, and when they finally reunited nearly five years later, there was much rejoicing. That said, not a whole lot of people outside their audience even knew who they were. When they headlined Coachella 2016, some were confused as to why a band they never heard of before was headlining such a massive event (the other two headliners being Music/{{Adele}} and Music/GunsNRoses, two music acts with far more commercial success).

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* Music/LCDSoundsystem is one of the most respected indie rock bands alongside the likes of Music/ArcadeFire and Music/FranzFerdinand, and pioneered the DancePunk movement of the '00s. Their breakup in 2011 caused massive outcry in the indie scene, and when they finally reunited nearly five years later, there was much rejoicing. That said, not a whole lot of people outside their audience even knew who they were. When they headlined Coachella 2016, some were confused as to why a band they never heard of before was headlining such a massive event (the other two headliners being Music/{{Adele}} Music/GunsNRoses and Music/GunsNRoses, Music/CalvinHarris, two music acts with far more commercial success).
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