Five Up-And-Coming Asian Artists to Watch in 2013

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Asian artists are having a huge impact on the worldwide music scene, starting with a social media presence, then making the transition to live shows around the world. These five artists have made a name for themselves regionally and have great promise for breaking worldwide in 2013.

While the internet and social media has made it easier for bands to spread the word about themselves, it has also resulted in a tad bit of overkill. There is too much music to take in, too many artists to be noticed amongst a crowd of millions. Yet still some artists find their way to a million YouTube views, or hundreds of thousands of Facebook Likes. Even with impressive numbers online, however, it still comes down to a perfect storm of music, personality, and blind luck to break it big on the world stage (isn’t that right, Robbie Williams?)

We want to introduce you to five artists from Asia who have already had a bit of homeland success, and have even reached out worldwide to some extent. But these artists are still far from household names in the United States, Europe, or South America. Take a look and listen to each of them and see for yourself. Are any of these artists one that you might voluntarily tell others about because you’re into them?


CNBlue is a Korean band who began their careers as an indie club-touring band in Japan. With a debut album that did nothing, their second album charted lightly, reaching the #227 spot on a Japanese chart. They then blew-up in 2010, setting the record for achieving No. 1 on South Korea’s television music charts program in the shortest time since debut: reaching #1 only 15 days after debuting with “I’m A Loner.”

Something that has helped CNBlue’s popular are their many product endorsements. Since 2010, the band has endorsed 16 products, including TGIFriday’s and Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

*CNBLUE has 689.577 twitter followers and 1.391.166 likes (at the moment I wrote this). Article not related with CNBLUE is omitted.*





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