6 Un-American Idols: The Beyoncé of Brazil, the Gaga of Serbia
Pop music is one of America’s biggest exports: Just try to find a South Pacific archipelago immune to the influences of Madonna or a Berber village unaware of Justin Timberlake. But in 2013—when a star can be born, distributed, and marketed on a laptop—there is an increasing diversity of divas from around the world offering homegrown alternatives to white bread and apple pie. Their music might not be hitting American airwaves anytime soon, but their cultural significance can’t be denied. After all, who better personifies a nation’s zeitgeist than the girl at the top of its charts?