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Who knew that there are quite a number of local Malaysian singers whose songs have placed on the international charts?

The music industry in Malaysia is slowly but surely expanding worldwide, especially since some of our local singers have started gaining international popularity.

Playing their music in countries like U.S., U.K., Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and others, these singers truly make Malaysia proud with their songs that manage to claim a place on the international charts.

When we talk about local singers that have broken the barriers to a new and wider fan base, many names come to mind, but here are the 5 to look out for:

1. Dasha Logan

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You might or might’ve not heard of her name, but Dasha Logan is actually the daughter of the late Loganathan Arumugam who was one of the founding members and vocalist of the Malaysian band, Alleycats. Her very first single, “Cleverly”, has cleverly (pun intended) landed at fourth place on the U.K. Soul charts, according to The Star. Dasha revealed that she wrote the lyrics of the song herself. Making her dad proud, she also said that she will be releasing another song next year and plans on working on an album with British label, Areaboy.

2. Gerard Singh

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You might have seen this crooner singing at the local pub/bar circuit as Gerard Singh has been singing and making songs for quite a long time. Gerard used to also play in a local band called The Union, playing cover songs in smaller venues, but now he has finally struck gold. According to Vents, his latest single, “Crazy” had entered the Billboard Indicator Charts at number 82 in its first week of release. His song was produced by Floyd “Timeless” Thomas who produced over 12 Billboard charting singles. You can now listen to Gerard’s deep and soothing voice as his single is now available on iTunes. Plus, the lyric video is already streaming on YouTube too.

3. Yuna

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Anyone who pays attention to the music world knows that Yuna has certainly made it big-time. The hijabster songstress from Kedah has been making her mark all over the place, especially in the U.S. working with Pharrell Williams and Incubus’ Mike Einzinger. In 2012, her first U.S. produced album, “Live Your Life” made its debut at No.23 on the Pop chart, No.86 on the Top 100 Albums on iTunes and No.23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Moreover, she was nominated and eventually the winner for many local and international music awards. Some of the international music awards where she had won and was nominated include the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the World Music Awards, the VIMA Music Awards and more.

4. Shila Amzah

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Daughter of the famous veteran Malaysian singer of the 80’s, ND Lala, Shila Amzah had started to gain international recognition after she won the first season of the Asian Wave competition in Shanghai. The smart 24-year-old singer revealed that she targeted China to increase her fame due to the large population of people there. Aside from being the champion at the Asian Wave, she is also the second runner-up for the second season of “I am a Singer” in China and was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favourite Asian Act. Shila had also received a total of 10 nominations in various categories for the World Music Awards.

5. Fish Leong

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Fish Leong is quite the renowned Chinese Cantonese singer from Malaysia who achieved her success in various Asian countries such as Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. Famous for her love-themed ballads which are also popular karaoke hits, the 36-year-old singer received numerous awards and nominations in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Fish has a huge Chinese fan base with her songs frequently topping the charts in China.

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