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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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After the Fall

After the Fall

The New Millennium

(p.145) 6 After the Fall
Hong Kong Cantopop

Yiu-Wai Chu

Hong Kong University Press

In the new millennium, the passing away of Cantopop superstars Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, and lyrics masters James Wong and Richard Lam, seemed to symbolise the end of the glorious era of Cantopop. Diminishing record sales have stimulated record companies and Cantopop singers to switch to the Mandapop market in Taiwan and Mainland China, producing more Mandapop albums than Cantopop albums. During this time, record sales dropped from HK$17 billion in 1997 to HK$0.56 billion in 2006. It is not surprising that people tend to think that Cantopop has died. Despite its fall from fashion, Cantopop has nonetheless retained its important function of voicing Hong Kong people’s discontent whenever there is a crisis.

Keywords:   The new mediascape, Decline/demise, The comeback phenomenon, Alternative voices, Indie labels

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