“Well, they’re big in Europe!”
It seems like a cliche in popular music: an American performer or band recieves almost no attention in their homeland, but they’re wildly successful in the UK, Australia, or across Europe. When examples of “they’re popular in Germany” or “they topped the charts in New Zealand” performers are given, it’s occasionally implied that American audiences aren’t sophisticated or smart enough to recognize the talent of these performers, while more intelligent cultured and appreciative foreigners can. Well, except for David Hallselhof.
Has the reverse ever been the case? Has there ever been a foreign band or musicial artist that is achieves wild popularity and fame in the US, but remains almost unknown back home in Europe?