Like K-Pop? Try C-pop!

We’ve all heard of K-Pop. PSY’s song “Gangam Style” made sure of that. While not as well known, China’s pop music is growing. C-pop is divided into three main subgenres: cantopop, mandopop, and hokkien pop. Cantopop is a contraction of “Cantonese pop” and Mandopop a contraction of “Mandarin pop.” C-pop bears many international influences, including rock and jazz, and can be a blanket term for multiple genres of music, including R&B and hip hop.

Here are our top five C-pop artists!

Jane Zhang

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Also known as Zhang Liangying, she rose to national prominence in 2005 after placing 3rd in the television contest, Super Girl. She has appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s show, The World’s Got Talent.

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVFUCsFrNKM

Khalil Fong

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A Mandopop artist, Khalil Fong’s music is fresh and contemporary. His latest single, “Thank you” shows influences of R&B and soul.

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebtlgEJvrlI

Roman Tam

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“The Godfather of Cantopop,” Roman Tam is a cultural icon in Chinese communities. Well-respected and courageous, he was the first famous Hong Kong singer to pose in the nude and in drag.

Listen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dVHcI9DqL0&list=PLvI8uPOfcYxmoeYWUAYTwTQDJyH9agO5u

Faye Wong

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Faye Wong moved to Hong Kong from Beijing to launch her singing career. Combinine alternative music with mainstream C-pop, she has toured world-wide. She is the only C-pop artist to have performed four times in Tokyo’s Budokan. Her ballad, “Eyes on Me,” for the video game Final Fantasy VIII debuted in 1999 and became the world’s best-selling video game soundtrack, at the time.

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhMcu6UL2NA

Eason Chan

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A famous singer from Hong Kong, Eason Chan is renowned world-wide. Time magazine hailed him as a front-runner in Cantopop. He was ranked in the top 10 of Forbes China Celebrity Top 100 List. He has won numerous awards, including the Golden Melody Award.

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Hn67xGvSE

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