A breakdown of Vietnamese pop music

A breakdown of Vietnamese pop music

Over the years, Vietnamese pop music has evolved and is slowly catching up to the global music trends of today. The country of Vietnam is full of talented singers and musicians known traditionally for their slow-heartwarming ballads. Like the rest of Asian Pop, the current local music scene is heavily influenced by western beats and the flourishing k-pop aesthetic but with their own unique twist to it. Here’s a list of Vietnamese pop music stars redefining the industry:

Son Tung M-TP

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Son Tung M-TP is no doubt the biggest pop star in Vietnam as of late. He became the first Vietnamese artist to get a Gold Play Button – a recognition from Youtube for channels that surpassed one million subscribers. He is a trailblazer for the reinvention of Vietnamese pop music, often blending genres of hip-hop, R&B, and pop music. Song Tung M-TP is not only recognized by his revolutionary music style, but also his presence that is usually identified by his bad boy urban style.

MIN

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MIN is originally a member of the popular dance group, St.319. She parted ways with them and started her own musical career. The style of her sound is very unique; it has an ethereal and dreamy vibe to it which is made possible by the sweet tone of her voice. Her music videos are very youth oriented, stylized by pops of color and dramatic story telling that is highly marketable to the hip crowd.

Mỹ Tâm

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With a career spanning almost two decades, Mỹ Tâm is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most notable pop balladeers. Her songs are considered cult classics which gained her a fair share of international success. Her album Tâm 9, released in 2017, coincidentally reached number nine on Billboard’s World Album Chart. No doubt Mỹ Tâm’s career will continue to grow for another decade.

Soobin Hoàng Sơn

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A new comer to Vietnamese pop music, Soobin Hoàng Sơn started garnering attention after the release of his music Phía Sau Một Cô Gái (Behind a Girl) in 2016. He had been in the underground scene for sometime before blowing up in mainstream music. Despite being new and at the top of his career right now, he still chose to allot some of his time to mentor up and coming artists on the side which gained him even more respect from the fans.

Hương Tràm

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Hương Tràm was a product of a popular singing competition, The Voice of Vietnam. She won the first season back in 2012 and has since become a household name in the field of pop ballads, often singing about unrequited love. Her music video Em Gái Mưa, released in 2017, reached more than 100 million views making it one of the most viewed videos by a Vietnamese singer of that year.

 

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Duong Thuy Linh crowned Mrs Worldwide 2018

 

Duong Thuy Linh crowned Mrs Worldwide 2018

Duong Thuy Linh crowned Mrs Worldwide 2018

The representative of Vietnam passed the other 24 candidates to win the highest position in the final night on 24/6.

Mrs Worldwide 2018 Finals took place in Singapore on June 24 with the participation of 25 contestants from countries all over the world. Representative of Vietnam, Miss Duong Thuy Linh, won the highly coveted crown and two additional titles: People’s Choice Award and Special Queen Award. First runner-up was represented by South Africa and the second runner-up was given to the representative of Russia.

Duong Thuy Linh crowned at Mrs Worldwide 2018 pageant

Duong Thuy Linh said she was happy to win the top spot at the pageant in the married genre. She devoted a lot of time and effort to make her country proud. “Before leaving, I said that I wanted to improve myself from the 2004 Miss Tourism International. At that time, I did not have much preparation, but last night I heard the name of Vietnam being called the winner. I am very happy, I am very proud to hold the national flag, “she said.

In the finale, Duong Thuy Linh and 24 contestants took part in the national competition and costumes. In the national costume, the Vietnamese beauty chose the white dress of designer Kenny Thai. The dress was inspired by the image of swan, a symbol of purity and beauty of a woman. Designer Kenny Thai used lace and mesh materials in combination with hand crafted techniques to create swan-like 3D images in the chest. In addition, the outer coat also has feathers attached to it which helped Duong Thuy Linh to look like a queen when stepping out on the stage. For the party dress, the Vietnamese representative wore Audrey Nguyen.

Duong Thuy Linh crowned at Mrs Worldwide 2018 pageant

After two performances, Duong Thuy Linh entered the top 10 final and the question and answer portion. She received the question “What makes a girl a woman?”. Duong Thuy Linh responded confidently in English. “A girl who becomes an adult woman is at her own responsibility and loving, caring for the people around her. Personally, I find myself becoming a mature woman when I was a mother seven years ago. That’s when I felt the unconditional love. And I know not every woman is lucky to have children and understand the complete happiness of bringing a little angel to this world. “

During the 4 days participating in Mrs Worldwide 2018 in Singapore and Malaysia, Duong Thuy Linh is one of the outstanding candidates in terms of appearance, foreign language ability as well as open personality and friendliness. The busy schedule gave her only 3 hours a day to sleep. In addition, the move between Singapore to Malaysia also made her quite tired. However, when she appeared in the finale on June 24, Duong Thuy Linh still retain her radiance, glowing beauty. Her father, son, and a lot of her friends flew to Singapore to support and cheer her up.

Duong Thuy Linh crowned at Mrs Worldwide 2018 pageant

 

Fans applaud model Phuong Mai’s pole dancing skills

Fans applaud model Phuong Mai’s pole dancing skills

Model Phuong Mai is known to lead large fashion shows, cultural exchanges, especially programs that require bilingual MCs.  She surprised a lot of fans when she posted a video of herself dancing on a pole.

Recently, MC Phuong Mai uploaded a clip on her personal page showing off her pole dancing skills. The MC excitedly said, “Oh my gosh, this is the first time I’ve done this kind of thing … It’s not perfect but I’m too proud to post it!”

The clip surprised many people and it received a lot of praise. Phuong Mai’s gracefulness and acrobatic skills on the pole can be compared to a professional dancer.

Phuong Mai said that from a very young age, she developed a passion of trying out different types of sports. She practiced swimming, martial arts, basketball, tennis, Muay Thai, and most recently, pole dancing. She says pole dancing helps her to be physically fit because it requires a lot of  muscular movements. This specific style of dance is physically demanding and Phuong Mai admitted that her body aches a lot, especially her arms and hands, after every performance. She almost quit dancing after an injury she had years ago but her constant training at the gym regained the confidence she needed to try the sport once again.

Phuong Mai also shared that when she first got interested with pole dancing, her parents prevented her from doing it because they found the style to be inappropriate. She was however, able to persuade them to agree to build a pole in the house to practice on.

You can find clips of Phuong Mai’s pole dancing skills on her instagram page.

Phuong Mai pole dancing

Phuong Mai pole dancing