12 Facts About Cantopop


Cantopop or HK-pop is a genre of pop music written in standard Chinese and sung in Cantonese.

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Cantopop is used to refer to the cultural context of its production and consumption.

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Cantopop then reached its height of popularity in the 1980s and 1990s before slowly declining in the 2000s and experiencing a slight revival in the 2010s.

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The term "Cantopop" itself was coined in 1978 after "Cantorock", a term first used in 1974.

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Around 1971, Sandra Lang, a minor singer who had never sung Cantopop before, was invited to sing the first Cantonese TV theme song "A marriage of Laughter and Tears" .

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Cantopop was the lead singer of the band Lotus formed in the late 1960s, signed to Polydor in 1972.

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Cantopop's achieved commercial success with her original Cantonese Hits under the Polygram Label in the early 1980s.

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Interest in Cantopop was renewed in the early 2020s in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, which led to border closures and restriction of travel.

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Early Cantopop was developed from Cantonese opera music hybridised with Western pop.

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Cantopop songs are usually sung by one singer, sometimes with a band, accompanied by piano, synthesizer, drum set and guitars.

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Cantopop was born in the 1970s and became a cultural product with the popularity of two popular TVB drama's themes songs in the early 1970s: "Tower Ballad" and "A marriage of Laughter and Tears" .

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The majority of "hit" Cantopop is not entirely local produced but the cover versions of "hit" foreign melodies.

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