There's no denying the U.S. music industry is difficult to break into. Typically, extreme international fervor over an act translates into stateside success (e.g. Beatlemania, the late '90s Latin explosion, One Direction), but sometimes an artist just never clicks with American audiences.
From pop goddesses to metal rockers, here are six artists who boast incredible musical achievements in seemingly every country except the United States.
With more than 25 years in the biz and over 70 million records sold, Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue certainly isn't unknown in America—remember "Locomotion"?—but she's on Madonna's levels in most other countries.
A fellow style chameleon, the 45-year-old has racked up multiple No. 1s in Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, and her last world tour hit everywhere from Mexico to Indonesia to South Africa.
While her 2001 album Fever earned platinum certification in the U.S. thanks to her Top 5 single "Can't Get You Outta My Head," Kylie doesn't seem to sweat major stateside recognition. She told Billboard of her just-released Kiss Me Once LP, "I'm always asked, 'Is this the album that's gonna work over there?' I don't know. I can only make the album that feels right for me." You do you, Kylie!