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What Does it Take for a K-Pop Star to Cross Over?

In the summer of 1963, Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto accomplished what no other artist from Asia had done before or has repeated since: He topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sung completely in Japanese, Sakamoto’s hit single, “Sukiyaki,” was a crooning “Singing In The Rain”-esque ballad that charted for 14 weeks in the States and was a hot contender for song of the summer (which ended up going to a 13-year-old Stevie Wonder).
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