Cantopop in the Age of China
In the new millennium, Cantopop has been overtaken by Mandapop as the trendsetter of pan-Chinese popular culture. The rise of a global Chinese music industry and media and the subsequent loss of the hybridity of Cantopop is the major reason behind its decline. Cantopop, some say, have been replaced by ‘local’ pop – including Mandapop, Japanese, Korean and English pop songs. While there would be possible hybridity of these genres, the survival of a more diversified Cantopop can contribute to the development of Hong Kong and the Chinese music industry. This chapter discusses the possibility of a “new” Cantopop in this context.
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