Taiwanese Pop Music
Here’s another song from Mayday that features a ballad, and ballads are very, very, very popular over there!
Another band I’d like to feature that is also popular in Taiwan is Sodagreen 蘇打綠, with something more upbeat. They have been popular since 2004.
Mavis Fan 范曉萱 is another popular singer from Taiwan. She’s also known as ‘Bo Bo’ or ‘Little Witch’ and has been around since the mid ’90s. This song is simple and sweet.
…while this one has a pretty interesting video…
For something with a bit more edge, here’s Tizzy Bac. They were awarded the No.1 prize in the 2002 Hohaiyan Rock Festival, the biggest battle of bands in Taiwan at that time.
I had featured Crowd Lu 盧廣仲 in a previous post but since he’s still pretty popular, here’s another happy, goofy video as only he can do them.
For a change of pace, Korea’s Super Junior 슈퍼주니어 has a more derivative style. They were formed by an entertainment company after auditions, so not a “home grown” band like Mayday.
Cheer Chen 陳綺貞 reminds me a bit of Sweden’s Melpo Mene, even to the style of video. She started off as a mostly acoustic, folk based performer but as her career progressed, she’s added more rock influences.
Apei has a strong voice and a certain appeal.
Now we’ll go acoustic with Deserts Chang 張懸, one of the leading alternative musicians in the Chinese music industry.
Keeping it mellow, here’s carrchy.
F.I.R. 飛兒樂團 is another very popular Taiwanese band. They are well known throughout Asia with their hit “Lydia,” which was the theme song for the Taiwanese TV drama “The Outsiders(鬥魚).” The drama was aired in Taiwan without revealing the singer of the theme song. The song attracted many fans, which led to F.I.R.’s big success when they finally debuted in 2004.
Here’s your morning Milk & Coffee.
China’s Huer started out as a retro punk band as featured here, then totally sold out, copied some Japanese song and is now an embarrassment. But in the beginning, they were fun!
They’re relaxed, they’re jazzy, they’re Sticky Rice.
I get a kick out of Yu Zhou Ren 宇宙人.
I’d like to compare three very popular female pop bands, starting with Taiwan’s S.H.E. 女朋友.
As a contrast, this is Korea’s Jewelry.
How about some technopop from Japan? Here’s Hiroshima’s Perfume with a song from their newest album.
Finally, a last song from Mayday. Support my relatives!!
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