Vietnamese singers “Koreanised”
Returning from South Korea, pop star My Tam immediately issued an album which features South Korean lifestyle, contributing to the trend of “Koreanisation”..
Vietnam singer: Mỹ Tâm
Vietnamese singers “Koreanised”.
As Korean movies are flooding Vietnamese TV channels and Korean fashion is popularised on the street, a large number of young people are undergoing “Koreanisation”. Grasping at this trend, many Vietnamese singers are trying to “Koreanise” themselves to attract young audiences.
My Tam cooperated with South Korea’s Nurimaru Pictures to conduct a music project which aimed to create a new, Korean-like lifestyle.
On her latest album, Vol. 6, another joint product with Korean partners, My Tam looks more like a Korean singer. The singer said she didn’t sing in Korean but the album has two songs written by two Korean song writers, Cho Sung Jin and Lee Han Boem.
The “Koreanising” trend in music perhaps began with Ho Anh Dung’s album, which shows Korean style in every aspect, from dances to colour and costumes. When Dung’s album was issued, many young singers praised and wanted to imitate the style. Those who couldn’t cooperate with Korean partners joined hands with local producers to make video clips in Korean style.
Singer Nguyen Phi Hung has released several albums on which he sings Korean songs. My Le admitted that she likes Korea’s young and bustling performance and fashion style so sometimes Vietnamese audiences see a “Koreanised” My Le.
Recently, Hua Vi Van appeared with an absolutely new look, but it is the same as South Korea’s star Bi Rain. Some fans of Bi Rain protested Hua Vi Van’s new look on their blogs.
Ung Hoang Phuc has produced a video clip in conjunction with South Korean partners, in which the story has the same motif as a familiar Korean TV series with a triple love story, pain, tears and serious disease.
Other pop singers like Lam Truong, Nguyen Vu and Bang Cuong have been “Koreanised” sometimes, in their costumes, dances and performance styles. Many young singers also plan to coordinate with Korean firms to produce Korean-style albums.
Building idol singers has become a movement in some regional countries, including Vietnam, but instead of building their own styles, many singers want to imitate Korean ones, ultimately an uninspiring approach.
Updated: 04/05/2008 | Views: 904 | Comments: 0
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