ASIAN STARS MAKING WAVES IN THE WEST
WHO: K-pop girl group 2NE1
WHAT: Their second album Crush, released in February, set the record for the highest-charting K-pop album on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 61.
WHO: Malaysian singer Yuna
WHAT: The Kedah-born, Los Angeles-based artist, who had her fourth US release last year with album Nocturnal, was the first Asian artist to perform on Spotify Sessions, the streaming music service's online platform that allows artists to introduce themselves and their music to listeners.
WHO: Chinese actress Fan Bingbing
WHAT: Fan, who topped this year's Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, plays teleporting mutant Blink in the upcoming superhero blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.
WHO: Chinese actress Tang Wei
WHAT: She makes her Hollywood debut in the Michael Mann-directed 2015 action thriller Cyber alongside Thor star Chris Hemsworth.