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Posted by LeJulie AKP STAFF Monday, May 28, 2018

The Best K-POP x American Crossover Collabs

1. Chanyeol x Far East Movement x Marshmello x Tinashe
Filmed in Seoul and Shanghai, "Freal Luv" has a psychedelic entrancing vibe. With Tinashe's sweet voice paired with Far East Movement and Chanyeol's strong raps, this became a well-received song for EXO-L's and American fans.
2. Amber x Super Fruit
American musical and comedy duo, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, (also part of Pentatonix) came together with Amber to make the fun and colorful song "Fantasy."
3. BTS x Steve Aoki
Part of their fifth extended play 'Love Yourself: Her' BTS released "Mic Drop" that received worldwide support resulting in American DJ Steve Aoki's interest in collaborating and remixing the song. Now this song can be heard all over the U.S. from radio stations to stores.
4. Taemin x Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is one of Taemin's favorite artists and the two were familiar with each other prior to Taemin's debut. "Press Your Number" was produced by Bruno Mars and team Stereotypes, a definitely appreciated collaboration.
5. CL x Diplo x RiFF RAFF x OG Maco
"Doctor Pepper" is a combination of four badass artists that have garnered love and attention worldwide. Being one of the baddest females out there, it is no surprise CL was able to snag a song with the high demand artists. With her swag style and their music composition, "Doctor Pepper" is a hype song you'd want to hear.
6. Tablo x Eric Nam x Gallant
R&B artist Gallant blew everyone away with his collaboration with Epik High's Tablo and charismatic man Eric Nam. The three spent nine months sending tracks back and forth until they ultimately were inspired by the phrase 'cave me in' that described the way love makes people feel. This song not only tied together the three through the international language of love and music but also the opportunity it provided to grab a global audience's attention.
7. Wendy of Red Velvet X Ricky Martin
"Vente Pa' Ca" ventures a different path K-POP has not reached before, sharing a piece with Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. The song originally was in Spanish but after some time Ricky Martin teamed up with Red Velvet's Wendy to release an English remake considering the success of the previous version featuring Colombian singer Maluma.
8. Far East Movement x Hyorin x Gill Chang
This piece discovers a different feel of both Far East Movement and Hyorin allowing for a smooth combination of her smooth deep raspy voice along with a catchy, simple beat.
9. MIA x G-Dragon
Rappers G-Dragon and MIA use music as a boundless entity to explore expression on a transnational plane. Empowered by their experiences and styles, MIA and G-Dragon delivered a fierce and encapsulating piece with "Temple."
10. Far East Movement x Tiffany x King Chain
Tiffany Hwang is an American singer born and raised in California who was then recruited by SM Entertainment where she debuted with Girls' Generation. Along with Far East Movement, an American hip hop and electronic music group, and King Chain, a SoundCloud electric DJ, the three came together to create "Don't Speak" discussing a free love of tension and attraction.
11. RM x Wale
American rapper Wale expressed interest in collaborating with idol star RM from BTS and after a long wait, they finally met in person to put together this song. The song "Change" is a political banger addressing divisiveness in the United States, problems in social media, mental health, suicide, and criticism to the alt-right. This East meets West collaboration brings together two different parts of the world that can work together to address similar issues through the mutual love for music.
12. Skrillex x Diplo x G-Dragon x CL
"Dirty Vibe" is another combination of four badass artists that have garnered love and attention worldwide. You have two of Korea's best in G-Dragon and CL combining with the smooth beats from Skrillex and Diplo.

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