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Which bands or artists that were very successful in the US early in their careers have found great success abroad later in their careers?

Written by on 14 October 2022

By Victor Padilla:

Most people still know Debbie Harry best as the lead singer of the new wave band, Blondie.

In the late 70s and early 80s, they dominated the charts in America with hits such as Heart of Glass (1979) and Call Me (1980). When the band broke up in 1982, Debbie Harry launched a solo career.

She had moderate success in the US but did much better in the UK charts.

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In 1997, Blondie began working together again for the first time in 15 years.

The four original members (Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri) began sessions for what would become Blondie’s seventh studio album, No Exit (1999). The lead single from the album, “Maria”, debuted at No. 1 in the UK, giving Blondie their sixth UK No. 1 hit. “Maria” also reached No. 1 in 14 countries, the top 10 on the US Dance Charts, and the Top 20 on the US Adult Top 40 Charts. No Exit debuted at No. 3 in the UK and No. 17 in the US.


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