EDM Crossover: Jane Zhang & 2NE1’s CL

It is no secret that EDM has become a worldwide phenomenon. With major festivals, like Ultra Music Festival, spreading their reaches to the Eastern side of the world (Ultra Worldwide and Road to Ultra), it is only right to have a full on cultural exchange with artists who are making a killing in their home countries, and bring their hype and talent over to the US market. 

Two artists in particular, Chinese popstar Jane Zhang and CL from the popular K-Pop girl group 2NE1, have been making their way across the Pacific and into the American music scene. Tiësto, for his new single “Change the World,” uses Jane Zhang as the vocals, and although the song is almost completely sung in Mandarin (which will undoubtedly lower its chances for being played on American radio waves), Zhang has also collaborated with American rapper, Big Sean for the Terminator Genisys soundtrack. The track is her first for an English-language movie. 

On the other hand, CL’s solo US debut has been gaining hype from fans and online music publications since 2014. Her performances at Ultra Music Festival in Miami and at Diplo’s MadDecent Block Party in New York have received nothing but positive reviews as her liveliness and style excites both K-Pop fans rooting for her crossover and new fans alike. The rapper/singer is currently
featured on two US singles: Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” featuring Diplo and fellow YG Entertainment artist, G-Dragon, as well as Diplo’s “Doctor Pepper” featuring rappers Riff Raff and OG Maco. With Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, spearheading her crossover, it is safe to say that everyone is excited to see what she has in store. Hopefully the success of these two crossovers will spark more musical exchange where the East meets the West.

Check out the official video for “Doctor Pepper” below