Songwriter Michael Lai Siu-tin was partly responsible for turning the late Anita Mui Yim-fong and Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing into megastars. With Hong Kong's music industry at an all-time low, CitySeen asked the maestro if he has any intention of saving it. 'I've been acting since I was five and in showbiz for a long, long time, and I've never seen the entertainment industry like this,' Lai says. 'It's terrible.' During the heyday of Canto-pop, artists such as Danny Chan Pak-keung and Lui Fong had no trouble selling 300,000 albums, but the new generation of artists are lucky if they break the 70,000 mark. 'All this technology is hurting the industry,' says Lai. 'The MP3s, the recording devices, it's so easy to get a song off the internet.' Having said that, Lai still gets the industry's heavyweights knocking on his door. 'Record label heads have asked me to write something and I said, 'for whom?' No problem, I can write the song, but who can sing it? Where is the talent?' Lai recently wrote some songs for artists on the mainland, one of which is in the running to become the official theme for the 2008 Olympic Games. Also keeping him busy is a project with Jackie Chan and Korean actress Kim Hee-sun (pictured). 'We're recording a couple of songs for the mainland audience and Kim sings in Mandarin. The Korean government is injecting money into show business, people are looking at me to get us out of this slump, and I'm looking at Donald Tsang.' When we asked Lai who else he would be willing to write for, he said: 'Edison Chen [Koon-hei] is good-looking enough to be as big as Leslie, but too bad he's into hip-hop. I'd give Nicholas Tse [Ting-fung] about five years. When he matures, he's going to be huge.'