Asian-American group tops Billboard charts
By Ines Min
Los Angeles-based hip-hop group Far East Movement (FM) has topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with their song ``Like a G6,’’ the group announced on their Twitter site Thursday.
The group, comprised of four Asian-Americans including two who are ethnically Korean, is the first Asian group to make the Top 10 in the Billboard charts and moved to the No. 1 spot ahead of their ``Free Wired’’ album to be released on Oct. 25.
FM’s move knocks Bruno Mars’ ``Just the Way You Are’’ to second, after four weeks atop the chart.
The music video for ``Like a G6’’ follows a group of friends’ night out on the town, starting with dinner at a Korean restaurant in L.A. and ending with the quartet leaving for their private jet.
The band is known for representing Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines with their ethnically-diverse members. The original lineup consisted of Chinese/Japanese-American Kev Nish (full name Kev Nishimura), Korean-Americans J-Splif (real name Jae Choung) and Prohgress (James Roh), who met in high school and later formed the group. Their single ``Round Round’’ was featured in the film ``The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,’’ and Filipino-American DJ Virman joined the group in 2008.
FM signed with Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records, in February, and performed as the opening act for Lady Gaga’s Japanese leg of her ``Monster Ball Tour.’’