Even if the name Anne-Marie doesn’t seem familiar, you would for sure recognize her voice. You probably have heard her major hit, a collaboration with Clean Bandit called “Rockabye.” It seems that in addition to dominating the charts in the West, the U.K. native has a surprisingly huge fan base in South Korea.
Her song “2002” became a huge hit in the country, and she even helped compose Korean pop group TWICE’s hit song, “Scientist.” It seems that Anne-Marie is going to be a common fixture on the K-Pop (Korean Pop) scene for years to come! Good for her for paving her way into the international music scene.
Cyndi Lauper - Japan
Cyndi Lauper is a beloved music icon in the United States, but she also holds a special place in the hearts of Japanese fans. Though she had toured the country before, it was her devotion to the country following the tragic 2011 earthquake that made her especially loved. She immediately put out public statements in support, and ensured she kept her tour dates the following year exactly as planned.
Cyndi also credits her Japanese fans with supporting her "When the Americans made me feel like I should crawl and fall off the edge of the earth, these people would come to me and say, ‘Please make music—we love your music.’" We don’t blame her for sticking by them!
Halle Berry - China
Halle Berry might be an Oscar-winning actress, but in recent years her fame has slightly fizzled thanks to a series of movie flops and her headline-grabbing relationships. In China, however, the actress is still very much admired. So much so that she was recently given the “Global Icon Award” after being selected by 80 million Chinese citizens after voting in several polls.
Comparing her warm welcome in China to being like an “original Beatle,” she also hopes to be able to make movies and entertain the Chinese audience. In the interest of Berry's ratings with the critics, let’s just hope she doesn’t agree to any “Catwoman” sequels!
Céline Dion - Jamaica
Though there’s no doubt that Céline Dion is a global superstar, her fame in Jamaica was quite surprising to learn about. It seems that the icon’s music is extremely popular on the island where her powerful love ballads are frequently remixed into fast-paced dancehall hits. Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Jamaicans got a chance to see the French Canadian star in person when she performed there in 2012, causing the island to come to a complete standstill. One song that is a favorite on the island? Her 2000 hit, “I’m Alive,” didn't achieve the expected level of fame in the U.S. but is loved in Jamaica.
Lionel Richie - Middle East
The residents of the Middle East have few things in common. But one thing they do share is a love for Lionel Richie. The crooner is apparently so huge in this part of the world that his song “All Night Long” was played even during wartime!
The singer explained that he is huge in the Arab world. Why is that, you ask? Well, don't ask Richie - he claims he hasn't got the slightest clue why they love him so much over there. He has performed in Libya, Morocco, Dubai, and Qatar but wishes to play in Iraq one day, where some of his biggest fans are said to live.