21 May – US' hottest pop culture magazine "Rolling Stone" published a special feature titled "The 10 K-Pop Groups Most Likely to Break into America", which names SNSD, Big Bang and Sistar among others.
According to Allkpop, the magazine noted K-pop as the music genre that has been able to break through language barriers and captivate American audiences. More specifically, "...K-pop has garnered a strong following without the help of any major American backing."
The magazine then highlighted the 10 acts that are most likely to crossover to America successfully with 2NE1 - South Korea's most notable act that caught the eye of will.i.am, SNSD – their song, "Gee" earned 74,000,000 American views, even though most mainstream U.S. music fans have never heard of it, Big Bang – a group that has won various international MTV awards, Wonder Girls - one of the few Korean acts to have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 with their English-language single "Nobody".
The other six acts are Pledis' After School, Cube Entertainment's BEAST, solo singer Ailee, girl group SISTAR, SM boys' SHINee and another JYPE's girl group miss A.
The magazine concluded by saying that the groups will be successful "...as long as they're allowed to keep the same sounds and concepts that made them popular in Asia." They mentioned that the failure of earlier Korean debut (like BoA and Se7en) in American were likely due to the fact that they were moulded by American record labels.