Chinese Pop Music is Taking Over in 2018

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If you’re not familiar with Chinese pop music, you might want to start getting acquainted. The genre is taking over in 2018, with several artists achieving mainstream success.


In recent years, Chinese pop music has been gaining in popularity both inside and outside of China. While Mandarin-language songs have long been popular in Taiwan and other Chinese-speaking communities around the world, they are now becoming increasingly mainstream.

One of the biggest reasons for this is the increasing availability of online streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. In the past, Chinese music was often only available on pirated CDs or through illegal download sites. This made it difficult for many people to discover new artists and listen to their favorite songs.

However, with the rise of legal streaming services, Chinese music is now more accessible than ever before. This has led to a surge in popularity, both in China and abroad. In fact, some of the most popular songs on Spotify’s global charts are now by Chinese artists.

If you’re curious about this growing phenomenon, here are 10 Mandarin-language songs that are taking over the world in 2018:

The current state of Chinese pop music

The rise of streaming services

The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of streaming services available in China, and this has had a big impact on the Chinese music industry. According to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center, the number of people using online music services in China grew from about 300 million in 2016 to almost 600 million in 2017. This rapid growth is largely due to the rise of streaming services such as QQ Music,KuGou, and Kuwo.

What’s more, these streaming services are not just for listening to music – they also offer other features such as music videos, live performances, and user-generated content. This has made them very popular with young people in China who are looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy their music.

According to a report by the China Music Industry Association, Chinese pop music revenues grew by 18% in 2017, reaching a total of $2.7 billion. This growth is largely due to the popularity of streaming services, which accounted for 64% of all music industry revenues in China last year.

With more people using streaming services and buying Chinese pop music than ever before, it’s clear that 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the Chinese music industry.

The popularity of K-pop

K-pop is becoming increasingly popular in China, with many experts attributing the rise of the genre to the country’s growing economic and cultural ties with South Korea.

Cryptocurrency is also becoming more popular in China, with many businesses and individuals investing in Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

The success of Chinese artists abroad

In recent years, Chinese artists have seen tremendous success in the international music scene. In 2017, Mandarin-language songs took over top spots on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart, with hits like “Gentleman” by PSY and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth. In 2018, even more Chinese artists are making waves abroad with their unique brand of pop music.

One of the most successful Chinese artists right now is Jay Chou. Chou is a hugely popular singer, songwriter, and actor who has been active in the music industry since 2000. He has released 13 studio albums, two of which went to number one on the Taiwan album chart. Chou’s biggest success came in 2016 with his album “Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories”, which reached number two on the US Billboard World Albums chart.

Another popular Chinese artist is Kris Wu. Wu is a rapper, actor, and model who first gained attention as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. Since leaving the group in 2014, Wu has pursued a solo career and has released two solo albums that have both topped the charts in China. In 2018, Wu made his Hollywood debut in the film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” starring Vin Diesel.

With their catchy tunes and fresh sound, Chinese pop artists are quickly gaining popularity all over the world. It’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing more and more of them in the years to come!

The future of Chinese pop music

In recent years, we have seen a surge in the popularity of Chinese pop music. This is not just limited to China, but Chinese pop music is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. In 2018, we are seeing even more Chinese pop music artists making a name for themselves internationally.

The growth of the Chinese music industry

In recent years, the Chinese music industry has seen a significant increase in both the production and consumption of popular music. This is due in part to the growing interest in Chinese culture among the global youth population, as well as the rise of social media and streaming platforms in China.

According to a report by the China Copyright Protection Center, the value of the Chinese music industry grew by 22.4% in 2017, reaching a total worth of RMB 32.6 billion (US $4.9 billion). This is largely due to an increase in paid subscriptions to streaming platforms, as well as an increase in concert ticket sales.

The rise of Chinese pop music can be attributed to a number of factors, including the increasing popularity of Mandopop (Mandarin popular music) singers and groups, as well as the growing interest in traditional Chinese culture among young people around the world. Additionally, social media platforms such as Weibo and Douyin (also known as Tik Tok) have played a major role in promoting Chinese pop music by providing a platform for aspiring singers and musicians to share their work with a wider audience.

In recent years, we have seen a number of Mandopop artists achieve global success, such as Jay Chou, Kris Wu, and Lay Zhang from EXO-M. Additionally, Mandopop groups such as TFBOYS and SNH48 have gained popularity not only in China but also throughout Asia and beyond. With the continued growth of the Chinese music industry, we can expect to see even more Mandarin-language artists making waves on the global stage in 2018 and beyond.

The rise of new genres

In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of new genres of Chinese pop music, such as hip-hop and electronic dance music (EDM). These genres are becoming more popular with young people, who are attracted to their high energy and catchy melodies.

The popularity of these genres has led to the rise of new artists, who are combining traditional Chinese musical elements with modern pop sensibilities. This has created a unique and exciting sound that is quickly gaining popularity around the world.

Some of the most popular Chinese pop artists today include Kris Wu, Jackson Wang, and Lay Zhang. These artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of what Chinese pop music can be, and they are sure to have a big impact on the future of the genre.

The impact of the Chinese government

Since the early 2000s, the Chinese government has been supportive of C-pop as a way to promote soft power and Chinese culture abroad, holding large-scale events such as the China-ASEAN Expo and establishing the Mandarin Promotions Project in 2006. The latter initiative saw 301 songs sung in Mandarin broadcast on TV and radio stations across 18 countries in Southeast Asia.

Within China, the state broadcaster CCTV has also played a key role in C-pop’s rise to prominence. In 2003, it launched a singing competition called Super Girl that was modeled on American Idol. The show was an instant hit, with hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in every week to watch aspiring singers from all over the country compete for a record contract.

The show helped to launch the careers of many C-pop stars, including Li Yuchun, who went on to win multiple awards and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.

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