Chinese music

Chinese music

How the coolest music company in China died
One of the coolest music start-ups in China, Xiami Music, simply couldn’t cut it and will close next month after management admitted it missed “crucial opportunities” in the battle with rival Tencent Music. Owned by Alibaba (which owns Inkstone), Xiami has become a cautionary tale of how a company can be beloved by the fans, but won’t be able to survive if it can’t attract the mass market.  It also marks an end of an era, harkening back to a time when the Chinese internet was less concerned about making money and more focused on building businesses with innovative ideas. Just a few years ago, Xiami was one of the top streaming platforms in China, but, in the time since, Tencent has grown to
‘Know my name’: New hit song lambasts culture of domestic violence in China
The women named “Little Juan” are victims of domestic violence, and they could be anyone, or at least that is the message behind a new song from mandopop star Sitar Tan Weiwei.  Titled “Xiaojuan” (Little Juan), the song excoriates the patriarchial system that often results in violence against women. Little Juan is a character, but the song’s lyrics include thinly-veiled references to real-life cases of domestic violence. The word “gas” in the lyrics refers to Lhamo, a Tibetan influencer who was burned alive by her ex-husband in September and died in the hospital. “Sewage” refers to a Hangzhou woman who was killed and dismembered by her husband. He flushed some of her body parts down the sewa
Why China’s hip-hop stars are staying silent on Black Lives Matter
After a 2017 rap show got a generation of China’s youth hooked on hip hop, the musical genre has created dozens of Chinese stars and, along with them, billions of streaming views. But despite their enthusiasm for a culture that originated in the African-American community, Chinese hip-hop stars and their legions of fans have largely stayed silent on the Black Lives Matter movement, which has swept across the world after the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis. Canadian-Chinese hip-hop star Kris Wu has made no comments on the anti-racism protests to his 50.9 million social media followers on Weibo and 7.3 million on Instagram. GAI, a rapping competition winner
Beijing unveils plans to become ‘international music capital’ in 5 years
Beijing – China’s political, economic and cultural capital – has set an ambitious plan to become an “international music capital” by 2025. Wang Yezhen, an official with the Beijing Municipal Committee’s propaganda department, told Beijing Business Today on Tuesday that the city aimed to expand its music and creative industries to be worth more than $17 billion in five years. In 2017, the sector was about half that size, he was quoted as saying. Its proposal also called for the city to speed up development of its digital music industry, offer artists better copyright protections and build more small-scale venues for live music. “[Our research has shown that] the scope of the music industry is
Reality TV show highlights indie music in China
Following the massive success of The Rap of China, the country’s top video streaming company is trying to bring rock music to the masses. Since its launch in 2017 by Chinese streaming giant iQiyi, The Rap of China has become a cultural phenomenon, propelling previously underground rap culture to the mainstream and making stars out of several of its contestants. Other subcultures linked to hip hop – such as break dancing, graffiti and street fashion have also enjoyed a boom – and in 2018, iQiyi launched Hot Blood Dance Crew, a reality-TV street dance contest show produced by the same team behind the hiphop show, which recently returned for its third season. Chen Wei, the senior vice-presiden