Hip-hop group Far East Movement reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. Thursday with their hit “Like A G6.” They are the first Asian American artists to crack the Billboard top 10.
“Like A G6” has moved up steadily since debuting in the 10th spot of the Billboard chart at the beginning of October. The group’s unique mix of electronic sounds and Asian party motifs attracted raves from Los Angeles club crowds, a high proportion of whom are young Asian Americans. The song’s new music video is intercut with many images of Koreatown clubs, soju and Hangeul signage.
The group members were close friends in high school who enjoyed performing together. It wasn’t until they graduated high school in 2003 that they formed Far East Movement. Their first hit single “Round Round” was used in the street racing movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In 2009 they won over the L.A. club crowd with “Girls on the Dance Floor”.
Far East Movement, also known as FM, is currently set to release its first album this fall under the Cherrytree Records label to which Lady Gaga is signed. FM opened for Lady Gaga on her tour earlier this year.
The group prides itself for living the hard-partying lifestyle depicted in its music and music videos. The group coined the term “free wired” to refer to its sound and lifestyle.