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Friday Song

Mandopop Month: 100 ‘Idol Producer’ hopefuls compete for your attention in ‘Ei Ei’

The Friday Song column this month turns its focus to Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music, but these…

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Mandopop Month: NEX7’s kaleidoscope of moody stares in ‘Wait a Minute’

The Friday Song column this month turns its focus to Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music, but these days…

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Mandopop Month: AKB48 SH’s wide-eyed trip into stardom

The Friday Song column this month turns its focus to Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music, but these days…

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Mandopop Month: Rocket Girls 101 celebrates growth with emotional single ‘Wind’

We’re hijacking the Friday Song column this month to focus on Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music,…

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Mandopop Month: WayV’s ‘Take Off’ sets the bar for Chinese idol groups

We’re hijacking the Friday Song column this month to focus on Mandopop, which technically refers to all Mandarin-language pop music,…

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Friday Song: Bohan Phoenix can save U.S.-China relations

Bohan Phoenix is an explicitly bicultural rapper whose identity is his bread and butter. He was born in Hubei but…

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Friday Song: Lo Ta-yu seeks Hong Kong’s roots in ‘Pearl of the Orient’

In 1986, Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu), a Taiwanese singer-songwriter and a cultural icon in Mandopop, went to Hong Kong…

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Friday Song: Ai Jing’s yearning for Hong Kong in ‘My 1997’

“1997, please come soon, then I can go to Hong Kong.” In 1992, in the eyes of many on the…

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Friday Song: Ty. doesn’t want to go to America, so he wrote a rap called ‘America’

Ever been to America, America? There’s no doubt that the Higher Brothers are the most internationally successful rap act to…

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Friday Song: Vava’s cover of Honey Cocaine’s ‘Shady Wit Me’

Vava, one of China’s most popular female hip-hop artists, got her international break in 2018 with “My New Swag,” featured…

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Friday Song: Vinida takes the lead among China’s underground rappers

There’s something convincing about the way Vinida turns her parasol and raps “I’m the future you long for.” Her song…

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Friday Song: ‘Song of Joy,’ a Jiangnan sizhu classic

Jiangnan sizhu — 江南丝竹 (jiāngnán sīzhú), literally meaning “Jiangnan,” an area south of the Yangtze River, and “silk and bamboo”…

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Friday Song: ’99 Bends in the Yellow River’ and an elegy for Chinese civilization

“Do you know how many bends are on the Yellow River?” belts the singer above, in Shaanxi dialect, to begin…

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Friday Song: Beijing OG Nasty Ray

Today’s Friday Song comes to you from Beijing OG Nasty Ray, well known in hip-hop circles in China. In the…

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Friday Song: ‘Beneath the Cherry Blossom Tree’ — the first love that never blooms

Spring is slowly impressing its touch into the earth. As a native Cantonese, I have a springtime ritual — listening…

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