Canto-pop losing out
Over the past 10 years, Canto-pop music has really lost its way. People in other countries pay no attention to it. On the other hand, J-pop and K-pop are on the rise.
J-pop music has a powerful rhythm and beautiful melodies. K-pop stars have great dance moves and the lyrics are easy to remember.
Compared to J-pop and K-pop, Hong Kong's music has made no progress. In fact, it has become worse. For example, singer Alan Tam once went to Japan to take part in a music show. This was a great honour for us because he sang a Cantonese song. But now, the quality of local singers is poor. I think music companies in Hong Kong should train better singers, and the public would then support local music.
Kiki Tse, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Kiki. Our entertainment reporter Barry C Chung says 'You're 100 per cent correct, I applaud you for the insight'.
I'm glad you brought up K-pop because it's not really 'music'. K-pop is a manufactured production with the emphasis on looks. It is run by big companies with the money and power to deliver the whole fantasy package to you, the consumer.
Now there is nothing wrong with enjoying K-pop at all, but it is not very good for real musicians, with real talent, who want to make real music. These days businesses follow the money. You put your money into K-pop, they will invest in it. If you don't put your money into local artists, no one else will either. Is that 'progress'?