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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The Tragically Hip
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The Tragically Hip

Canada has manufactured one of music's most popular rappers (Drake), one of music's biggest indie bands (Arcade Fire), one of music's most divisive acts (Nickleback) and one of rock's greatest artists (Neil Young). Yet the Great White North's most popular rock group can't find the same success south of their border. Since 1989, this band out of Kingston, Ontario has released 12 albums that have routinely gone the Canadian equivalent of platinum (which is only 80,000 copies, but still) and landed at Number One on the Canadian Albums Chart. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the best the Hip have done is a Number 129 debut on the Billboard 200 for 2012's Now For Plan A. The Tragically Hip did have a brush with American success when they were recruited to perform on Saturday Night Live in 1995 but that's pretty much it. They continue to have major success up north, however, where they've won 12 Juno Awards.

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