Cantopop rules in Hong Kong as Spotify unveils hip-hop dominated 'musical map of the world'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2015, 6:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 July, 2015, 2:58pm

Hongkongers' love of Cantopop has been confirmed by music streaming app Spotify, which has released a musical map of the world based on its users' preferences. It zeroed in on Hong Kong's musical tastes with a release on Thursday.

Hong Kong-born Canto pop rocker Endy Chow (周國賢) was one of the most popular artists in the city, Spotify said in a statement, with his songs 'Young People' (年輕人們) and 'Underground Street'(地下街)making the service's "Sounds of Central District" playlist.

Other artists on the playlist included Juno Mak (麥浚龍), Kay Tse (謝安琪), and Phil Lam (林奕匡). In Taiwan, bands Cosmospeople (宇宙人) and Fire Ex (滅火器) were popular, while in Singapore a cappella group The Sam Willows topped the list.

Worldwide, hip-hop was the most popular genre, showing up on more playlists than any other type of music, Spotify said.

A home crowd made big difference the service found, with local artists far more popular in areas where they reside, across all genres.

Spotify has faced increased competition in recent months since the launch of Apple Music, the US tech giant's late foray into the streaming service market.

According to music industry journal Hits Daily Double, Apple Music has attracted around 10 million subscribers in its first four weeks of operation, compared to Spotify's existing 75 million subscribers worldwide.