Mario is the latest U.S. artist to be wowed by the K-pop scene, and wants to bring what he saw in Korea to America.
The longtime R&B/pop star told Fuse first about his latest Asia tour, and how impressed he was not only with Korean music fans, but with the musicians themselves. In particular, he mentioned BESTie and the girl group's main vocalist Uji:
"You'd be blown away. You don't expect that type of voice. You can tell they grew up listening to some of the greatest. I was like, 'Wow, the world needs to hear that.' I'm trying to figure that out now: How do I break an amazing, solo Korean girl artist in America? How do I make that happen because she's amazing...Her name is Uji and she's really, really dope. We're going to make that happen."
Mario's plans for Uji come after the "I Need More" singer shared photos of him with the girl group in the studio together.
BESTie released its last EP, Love Emotion, in May 2015 with the addictively brassy "Excuse Me" single. Watch that below:
The Mario/Uji news marks the latest U.S. star to show interest in the K-pop scene recently after recent collaborations between Fabulous and solo star Jessica, Joey Bada$$ and hip-hop trio Epik High, along with Anderson .Paak and Eric Bellinger all working with rising singer DΞΔN.
Get all your K-pop news by listening to Fuse's new K-pop podcast K-Stop. Check out our latest episode where hosts Jeff Benjamin and Tina Xu discuss new music from Girls' Generation's Tiffany, Infinite's Wooyhun, Crush and more: