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How Hou Dejian went from Tiananmen protester to composer of the patriotic song ‘Chinese Dream’

On December 31, 2018, a song called “Chinese Dream” (中国梦 zhōngguó mèng) was performed at a “release…

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Friday Song: Li Jian’s deep, sensitive folk-pop, ‘On the Shores of Lake Baikal’

Ask anyone who knows about Li Jian 李健 and, at some point, they’ll most likely remind you that not only…

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Friday Song: ‘Song of Pig,’ which is very rude to pigs, launched China’s first internet pop star

With the Year of the Pig just around the corner, people in China are buzzing about the release of…

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Friday Song: Carsick Cars — Zhong Nan Hai

Before delving into a brief history of one of the “most admired Chinese bands in the…

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Friday Song: Na Ying, the singing legend, and her unforgettable swan song

“Sadness” (默 Mò), released in 2015 by Na Ying 那英, is not as much a song as it is an atmosphere…

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Friday Song: Panic Worm — Chicken Spit

Wuhan might be more famous for SMZB (that punk band with the bagpipes) or the hangout Wuhan Prison,…

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Friday Song: Beijing punk band Demerit: Sink or Swim?

Independent record label Maybe Mars has been trendsetters of the Chinese underground music scene since 2007. On January 1, it…

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Friday Song: A Beijing New Year’s Eve tradition with Macondø

By definition, tradition is “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior,” and this year, Beijing’s Temple…

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Friday Song: The Orphan of Asia, by the ‘idols’ idol’ Lo Ta-yu

Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu) is known as the idols’ idol in the Mandopop scene. Among many…

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Friday Song: ‘Boys (Chinese version)’ by Charli XCX

The simple addition of (Chinese version) to Charli XCX’s smash hit pop song “Boys” doesn’t really do this remix…

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Friday Song: ‘Made in China’ by Higher Brothers is the anthem Chinese rap needs

“Rap music? China? What are they even saying?” So opens the valley-girl drawl at the start of “Made in China,”…

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Friday Song: EXO treks well-covered boy band territory in ‘Growl’

EXO is an extremely popular Chinese-South Korean boy band formed in 2011. They’ve managed to gain broad appeal in…

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Kris Wu, amid sales controversy, finds peace in ‘Tian Di’

In “Tian Di,” Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu 吴亦凡 (Wú Yìfán) finds peace amid his hectic life through tradition….

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Friday Song: Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai satirizes pop culture in ‘Play’

Although the title of Jolin Tsai’s 蔡依林 (cài yīlín) 2014 pop jam is “Play,” the accompanying lyrics and video…

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Friday Song: The songs, dreams, and worlds inspired by Jin Yong

I kissed the wind and rain, and I buried the sun in the desert, but I never…

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