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Cantopop: from the four heavenly kings to Hip Hop

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Cantopop: from the four heavenly kings to Hip Hop
Topics to be discussed:
how influential is popular music on wider society?
how does music allow the development of specific groups of people?
what is the relationship between music and youth or alternative cultures?
what role does industry play in the production of these subcultures or fan groups?,
can music ever really be independent?


Reading:

Yiu-wai Chu (2011) The importance of being free: Fu©Kin Music as alternative pop music production, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 12:1, pp. 62-76

John Nguyet ERNI (2007) Gender and everyday evasions: moving with Cantopop, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 8:1, 86-108
Gender and everyday evasions questions:

Why is popular culture viewed as ambivalent?
What are the three sets of issues this article is seeking to debate?

Why so popular? The article gives three trends which developed around this time.

What are the differences between male and female?
Why was Anita Mui an exception not the beginning of a trend?
Who are the four heavenly kings? How were they created and promoted?
What role does Karaoke play in promotion and ciculation of cantopop? Is this is same in other Asian nations?
How did cantopop engage with events in PRC?
Why are lyrics dismssed from examination in the western context?
Why does the writer argue they are vitial in the cantopop context?
What are the three kinds of cultural agencies he sees in Cantopop?
AFFECT:
"you make me happy"

The feeling that is transmitted from one item/person to another.

mass and individual
Adorno and popular music

he coined the notion '"The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception"

Part of Frankfurt school and whilst not widly belived now their works have been very influential in Pop Culture studies.

for Adono - popular music is the cultural industry is produced via two processed: standardisation and
psuedo-individualisation.

pop music musical elements (ie chorus) function
as a cog in a machine.
“By pseudo-individuation we mean endowing cultural mass production with the halo of free choice or open market [sic] on the basis of standardization itself. Standardization of song hits keeps the customers in line doing their thinking for them, as it were. Pseudo-individuation, for its part, keeps them in line by making them forget that what they listen to is wholly intended for them or predigested.“
During the Christmas No. 1 spot campaign, it came to light that Rage Against The Machine were released through Sony Music, which had links to Simon Cowell, who owns Syco (a Sony subsidary) and released the X-Factor winner’s song, therefore undermining the whole point of the campaign.
Shanhzai Culture:

How is the term refenced with
relation to MC Yan and Fu©Kin Music?
can you give some key traits/issues with
canto-rap?
Sub-cultures, scenes, tribes:
Culture from below

Dick Hebdidge - how young USA men has used aspects of dominant culture and adapted them to ther own usage ie. via speech patterns, music tastes, clothing and attitude.

in short a response to dominant culture where you feel that the dominant culture in some way does not reflect your beliefs, thoughs or tastes and you define yourself against it. You share values with others and often can be in conflict with the mainstream you define yourself as outside and other to.

Mong Kok Culture

http://www.timeout.com.hk/music/features/66843/the-greatest-cantopop-songs-of-all-time.html


Umbrella Movement
Hip hop
Sneakerheads
Goth
etc.
back to pop culture!
Actor, singer, writer and model - new (well quite old) modes of stardom in Hong Kong
Heavenly Kings: Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai
Workshop: Who want to be a millionaire? The power of the franchise

Topics to be discussed: why do certain format work well on a global scale and other fail to reach an international audience? How does production contribute to what sells and what does not? How influential are audiences and fans in the circulation and transmission of products?

Screening: Hana Yori Dango and the first episode Meteor Garden.


Reading:


Lim, Tania, (Renting East Asian Popular Culture for local television: regional newtorks of cultural production in Chua Beng Huat and Koichi Iwabuchi (eds) East Asian Pop Culture Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.


Lee, Dong-hoo (2004) ‘Cultural Contact with Japanese TV Drams: modes of reception and narrative transparency’ in Feeling Asian Modernities: transnational consumption of Japanese TV Dramas, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
how influential is popular music on wider society?
how does music allow the development of specific groups of people?
what is the relationship between music and youth or alternative cultures?
what role does industry play in the production of these subcultures or fan groups?,
can music ever really be independent?
Who aimed at?
-Huangmei opera (folk opera)
-fan of the actors (Faye Wong and Tony Leung Chiu-wai)
-movie or soundtrack being sold?
- multi platform marketing and target
- plus you have overseas
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