Best Chinese Pop Music
Submitted by Mei Mei on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 18:57
- C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese popular music, a loosely defined musical genre by artists originating from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Others come from countries where the Chinese language is used by a large number of the population, such as Singapore and Malaysia. C-pop is sometimes used as an umbrella term covering not only Chinese pop but also R&B;, ballads, Chinese rock, Chinese hip hop and Chinese ambient music, although Chinese rock branched off as a separate genre during the early 1990s. There are currently three main subgenres within C-pop: Cantopop, Mandopop and Hokkien pop. The gap between cantopop and mandopop has been narrowing in the new millennium. Tai-pop (Hokkien pop), though having its roots in Japanese enka, has been re-integrating into C-pop and narrowing its trend of development towards Mandopop.
1) Teresa Teng
Teresa Teng (January 29, 1953 - May 8, 1995) was an immensely popular and influential Chinese pop singer from Taiwan. Teresa Teng's voice and songs are instantly recognized throughout East Asia and in areas with large Asian populations. It is often said, "Wherever there are Chinese people, the songs of Teresa Teng can be heard."
2) Faye Wong
Faye Wong is a Chinese singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Beijing, she moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and rose to stardom in the early 1990s by singing ballads in Cantonese. Since 1995 she has recorded mostly in her native Mandarin, often combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop. In 2000 she was recognized by Guinness World Records as the Best Selling Canto-Pop Female.
3) Jay Chou
Jay Chou is a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times. He is well-known for composing all his own songs and songs for other singers.
4) Jolin Tsai
Jolin Tsai's success as a singer began with the release of her 3rd album, 'Castle. Tsai's J1 World Tour included countries across Asia and North America. In that same year, Tsai released J-Game, which sold over 1 million copies in Asia in the span of one month. Tsai was named the top 2nd earner among Taiwanese Singers in a 2010 poll, with earnings of US$14.51 million that year.
A-Mei is an aboriginal Taiwanese pop singer and occasional songwriter. She was born in the rugged mountains of eastern Taiwan. A-mei made her debut in the world of music in 1996, achieving rapid commercial success. She has been called a diva of the Mandarin pop music scene and the "Pride of Taiwan". She has won numerous music awards and is extremely popular within Mandarin-speaking world.
6) Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok Fu-shing is a Hong Kong singer, dancer and actor. He has been active since the 1980s to the present. The media refer to him as one of the Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings. While most of his songs are in the dance-pop genre, he has experimented numerous times with rock and roll, ballad, rock, R&B;, soul, electronica and traditional Chinese music.
S.H.E. is a Taiwanese girl group whose members are Selina Jen, Hebe Tien, and Ella Chen. The name of the group is an alphabetism derived from the first letter of each member's name. S.H.E has recorded 12 albums with sales totalling over 15 million, and set ticketing records in each of their two concert tours. The group has acted in seven drama series, hosted two variety shows, and contributed 10 songs to six drama soundtracks. S.H.E has endorsed more than 30 companies and products.
8) Andy Lau
Andy Lau Tak-Wah is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer, actor, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same time. In the 1990s, Lau was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop.
9) Coco Lee
Coco Lee is a Hong Kong Chinese pop singer, songwriter, record producer and actress born to a Chinese Malaysian father and a Hong Kong Chinese mother. Lee is the first and only Chinese person to perform in the Oscars, singing the Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, "A Love Before Time", from the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, in the 73rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. She also provided the voice of Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney's animated feature of the same name.
10) Cui Jian
Cui Jian is a Beijing-based Chinese singer-songwriter, trumpeter and guitarist. He is considered to be a pioneer in Chinese rock music and one of the first Chinese artists to write rock songs. For this distinction Cui Jian is often labeled "The Father of Chinese Rock".