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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Mando Diao
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Mando Diao

Americans aren't exactly adverse to music out of Sweden. We loved ABBA and Ace of Base, Robyn and Swedish House Mafia. We even like the Hives and Peter, Bjorn and John's "Young Folks." However, Mando Diao, Sweden's biggest rock band, didn't make much of an impact here outside of college radio playlists and early afternoon side stage appearances at major music festivals.  After failing to hit it big in America, Mando Diao refocused their efforts on their home country, releasing 2012's Infruset in their native tongue. The result: Sweden's top-selling album last year and Swedish Grammis nominations for Best Album and Best Artist (they lost to First Aid Kit in both categories, however.) Mando Diao released their new album ÆLITA in April 2014. It promptly landed atop the Swedish Album Charts. 

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