A visitor of a mainland Chinese language singing competitors has been getting flak on social media, after he commented on how Hong Kong’s music now not has “the sting it had previously” however couldn’t even title a current Canto-pop music.
Hong Kong-born singer Joey Yung not too long ago sang a Cantonese traditional by Samantha Lam, which roughly interprets as “First Love”, on Zhejiang Tv’s singing present Reward the Program.
Whereas judging Yung’s efficiency, Xiao Lu, a visitor on the present who’s finest often known as a celeb on Douyin (the Chinese language model of TikTok), commented on how he was trying ahead to seeing when “the Hong Kong music scene can return to the golden age that I recall.”
The Hong Kong singer was nodding her head as Xiao made his feedback.
“I really feel that previously few years, the Hong Kong music business doesn’t have the sting it had previously,” he added.
At that time, Hong Kong-American singer-songwriter Coco Lee, who promotes primarily in Taiwan and extra not too long ago mainland China, requested if he listens to Hong Kong music, to which he answered sure.
Yung then requested Xiao the title of the newest Canto-pop music he has listened to.
The visitor then named mainland Chinese language singer Wang Heye’s “The Nice Wind Blows”, which has its refrain in Cantonese however verses in Mandarin.
The digicam then panned over to 2 celebrities, who stated that they can not consider any new Cantonese songs however solely know oldies resembling Jacky Cheung’s “Messy Hair”, which was launched in 1998.
Yung responded to the visitor by saying she agreed with what he stated, including that the mainland music scene may be very thrilling and has numerous expertise.
“However I listened to Hong Kong music rising up. Lots of people in numerous ranks have been working arduous and there have been not unhealthy outcomes these previous one or two years,” she added.
Xiao’s feedback have drawn the ire of some on-line, with many seemingly coming from Hongkongers however some from the mainland as nicely.
“🤣Folks on the mainland solely hearken to outdated Cantonese songs and will not be keen to embrace new songs and new singing kinds. After that you just say [Hong Kong’s music scene] is declining,” stated one netizen.
“However who cares? Solely [Hong Kong] singers who’re out of style will go to carry out on the mainland 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️.”
“One other individual criticizes Hong Kong’s music business with out listening to Canto-pop, haha,” stated one other.
An web consumer who makes use of simplified Chinese language characters (indicating they’re possible from mainland China), slammed the visitor for mentioning points with Hong Kong’s music scene however not even listening to the business or listening to its up to date songs.
“I wish to snort till I die. He can’t even title a single Canto-pop previously few years. What sort of Canto-pop is ‘The Nice Wind Blows’,” the netizen requested.
Some web customers additionally requested if he is aware of fashionable boy band Mirror and highlighted good Canto-pop songs resembling “Warning Moist Ground” by MC Cheung, a newcomer to Hong Kong’s music scene who swept many awards final 12 months.
One netizen additionally slammed Yung, who has been specializing in the mainland market lately, for agreeing with Xiao.
Hong Kong’s music scene has seen a revival lately with younger singers like Terence Lam, Gareth.T and Panther Chan, whereas veterans like Hins Cheung and Joyce Cheng have been producing hits to large acclaim.
Watch the exchanges between Xiao, Yung and Lee right here, beginning at 15:58.