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Hong Kong CantopopA Concise History$
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Yiu-Wai Chu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390571

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390571.001.0001

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

The 1990s

(p.105) 5 The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Hong Kong Cantopop

Yiu-Wai Chu

Hong Kong University Press

In the early 1990s, the swift development of global media had a very significant impact on the Cantopop industry, which later proved to be a heavy blow to its operation. Cantopop further expanded its business around the world, and Cantopop stars continued to be the trendsetters of popular culture across Chinese communities. Meanwhile, music was no longer the central concern of these multi-media stars. The Cantopop industry had to rely upon idol worshipping much more than it did in the 1980s. The impact would not have been so negative had it not happened at the dawning of the age of global media. As the development of the Chinese music industry became transnational and media consumption deterritorialised, Cantopop industry had to face an irreversible structural change it did not realise at the outset.

Keywords:   Four heavenly kings, Karaoke songs, Homogenization, Reversion to China, Rise of Mandapop

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