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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Youssou N'Dour
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Youssou N'Dour

"He's undoubtedly one of the most beloved artists in the entire continent of Africa," Rolling Stone wrote of N'Dour in 2012. Youssou's music and reputation was so respected in his native Senegal, he actually ran for President of the African nation; it took a disqualification to keep the popular candidate out of office. (As a consolation prize, he was named the country's Minister of Tourism and Culture.) Most Americans have heard N'Dour even if they don't recognize the name: N'Dour provided the epic closing vocals to Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." However, Youssou's own vast catalog hasn't clicked with mass audiences in the U.S., relegating this giant of modern music to, at best, "world music" genre star. 

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