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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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Hjalmar

Even though Iceland has a smaller population than Wichita, Kansas, the tiny island nation has made a significant music contribution. While Björk's pixie persona and disjointed rock and Sigur Ros' angelic, sweeping music have captivated American audiences, Icelandic group Hjálmar haven't had the same success level of U.S. success, even though they're more popular in their native country. It's not that Americans are adverse to a language barrier – Sigur Ros songs are sung in their inscrutable "Hopelandic" – but perhaps Hjálmar's idiosyncractic genre, "Icelandic reggae" is what's stopping them. 

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