Agree or Disagree: Rolling Stone’s 10 K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Break in America

2NE1, yes. Girls’ Generation (SNSD), okay. But, After School? Hm...

American music magazine Rolling Stone recently published a list of The 10 K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Break in America, and while most of the idol groups named for having the most crossover appeal may come as no surprise to K-Pop fans, we were surprised by some of the other mentions.



2NE1 and Big Bang make the list as the most obvious (in our opinion) contenders for crossover appeal, as they’ve been attracting plenty of buzz stateside, from top producers will.i.am and Diplo to fashion designer Jeremy Scott, without having actively promoted in the U.S.

And while writer Jeff Benjamin mentions it’s the “never very racy” appeal of the artists that will enable K-Pop to “easily slide into America′s Top 40 market if correctly targeted at children and teenagers,” we think 2NE1 and Big Bang have enough badass edge and personality to rip up the bubblegum pop packaging K-Pop is usually wrapped in and exported overseas.

It also makes sense that SNSD and the Wonder Girls, who have been treading softly but surely on American soil with U.S. releases and TV show appearances, would have a spot on the list, but the After School mention leaves us a little puzzled. At least miss A and SISTAR, who also make the list, have the talent and Billboard chart ranking to justify their crossover appeal.

Meanwhile, 2PM is nowhere to be found on the list, while B2ST (Beast) and SHINee join Big Bang as the only male idol groups to make the list. We love B2ST as much as the next B2UTY, but we’re not quite sure which members Benjamin is referring to when he says the members “have proven their English skills.” 2PM’s Taecyeon and Nichkhun on the other hand...

Talented rookie singer Ailee makes an unexpected, albeit welcome, appearance on the list, even drawing Beyonce comparisons with her hit single Heaven. If we’re talking about talented U.S. natives, however, we wonder why Jay Park was given the cold shoulder.

Do you agree with Rolling Stone’s list? Who didn’t make the cut but could hold his or her own stateside? Let us know in the comments below!


Reporter : Nancy Lee (nancylee@cj.net)
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