Hear This! We've Got 5 Hot Overseas Bands To Listen To Now

An epidemic is sweeping through the U.S. It seems Americans are stricken with a fever: Anglofever! The Brits are invading our country through almost every medium, and our beloved Cali hasn't been spared. U.K. dwellers are involved in our most-buzzed-about small-screen obsessions (hello, Downton Abbey and Sherlock) and they're infiltrating our shopping centers and closets courtesy of Topshop moving into The Grove (can the day arrive already?).
Most important of all, the Brits are dominating our festival stages and iTunes libraries courtesy of super-cute boy bands One Direction and The Wanted, sweet indie gems from Birdy and Ed Sheeran, and, of course, a little album called "21." (Seriously, does anyone not own that album?)
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However, we Angelenos are never ones to follow anyone else's trends — we dance to the beat of our own drums. So, while everyone else is scouring England for the "next Janelle Monae," we broadened our horizons for our next overseas obsessions. Searching the four corners of the globe, we've picked five of the best foreign acts who fit right at home on our sunny streets.
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Icona Pop
This Swedish Duo are poised to successfully infiltrate our country, via the dance floor. In a similar vein to fellow Swede Robyn, Icona Pop creates infectious electro-pop that's practically begging you to dance. "Nights Like This" just might be our new weekend party anthem!

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Matt Corby
While he placed second on Australian Idol in 2007, Corby is no reality-show has-been. He's made a name crafting passionate and resounding indie rock that has since established him as one amazing Aussie. His brand of breathtakingly beautiful songs earned him comparisons to Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, and even Jeff Buckley. The catchy and contagious "Brother" might be what breaks Corby into the big leagues.

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Emeli Sandé
This Scottish songstress already has some MAJOR buzz behind her. She's a certified hit in her native U.K., and made a name for herself penning tunes for Leona Lewis and Alicia Keys. Now, it's Sandé's turn to enchant U.S. audiences with her soulful and powerful pop stylings. She might be the best bet to steal America's heart from Adele. (Crazy coincidence: Emeli's first name is actually Adele!)

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D'Banj
Breaking into mainstream American music isn't an if for D'Banj, but a when. The Nigerian hip-hop artist just signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label and has an underground-club hit in the infectious "Oliver Twist." It's just a matter of time before booties all over the U.S. are shaking to his afro-tinged rap beats.

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Yuna
Born Yunalis Zarai, the Malaysian singer-songwriter writes sweet, simple indie pop. Having gained a strong following in Malaysia through MySpace, Yuna also gained a fan in Pharrell Williams. He produced the first single off of her self-titled debut album, the uplifting "Live Your Life."

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