20 Hugely Popular Musicians Who Haven't Gotten Famous in America (Yet)

Superstars abroad, these artists haven't made much of a dent in the USA

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Herbert Grönemeyer
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Herbert Grönemeyer

Surprise: The best-selling artist ever in Germany is not David Hasselhoff. That honor goes to Herbert Grönemeyer, a German rocker who's been in action since 1979. Grönemeyer's 2002 LP Mensch is Germany's all-time best-selling record, while his 1984 album 4630 Bochum is Number Three on that list.  (Phil Collins' …But Seriously is sandwiched between the Grönemeyer releases.) Americans have largely been reluctant to embrace German-language music – we made Nena and Falco translate "99 Luftballoons" and "Der Kommissar," respectively, before turning them into hits – so it's no surprise that Grönemeyer hasn't broken big here, though film geeks might recognize him from his role in Wolfgang Petersen's military classic film Das Boot.

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