Chinese and Japanese Music Recommendations?

 

The Chinese drama world is fairly accessible because of several great blogs and streaming websites, but music is a different story. To me, it is an unchartered territory, something I would like to get into and, learn more about -  venturing alone is a tad daunting. 

Many of you are knowledgeable about this topic and it would be grand if you'd share discoveries. Do you have any recommendations? Any genre and type of band (mainstream & low-key) would be great. 

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  1. I discovered Hua Chen Yu from the singing variety show and a few others from KKBox music charts. There’re popular Chinese singers that came from Korean boy bands. I don’t listen to their music since they’re not my cup of tea. I think you have a lot of works to do; the best way is focusing on the type of music you like and start it from there.

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    1. Ha, I sure do. Thanks for the suggestion. If you don't mind sharing, who are some personal favorites of yours?

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  2. If you understand Chinese well, [Mao Bu Yi/毛不易]'s songs are pretty good. He writes his own lyrics and the melodies are usually quiet and soothing. Another really popular singer is [Joker Xue/薛之謙], so you can go ahead and check him out too. Lately, my favorite song is Ti Mian/体面 by Yu Wen Wen/于文文.

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    1. Thank you!! I looked all these up and really liked some of them!

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  3. I recommend like songs liang Liang 凉凉chilly (sang by zhang bi chen aka diamond zhang 张碧辰), zhui Guang zhe 追光者chasing the light (sang by yoyo sham 岑宁儿 and re-sung by silence wang 汪苏泷) ,gang Hao yu Jian ni刚好遇见你just met you(sang by li yu gang李玉刚) and Guang nian zhi wai 光年之外light years away
    (sang by GEM 邓紫棋)。I personally recommend feng ti mo 冯提莫, a network anchor who sings a lot of songs and is known for her sweet voice.

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    1. Thanks! I looked up the artist and Spotify and enjoyed listening to the specific songs you listed.

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  4. I personally think starting with Drama OSTs are the best way to start getting into different kinds of music. I always fall in love with any drama OST that i've watched. For Chinese OST, my favorite is Eternal Love (3L3W) i fell in love with all the songs on there. As for singers, I would recommend Wang Lee Hom, Jay Chou, Khalil Fong, JJ Lin and Eric Chou. The latter being my current obsession. Eric Chou is dubbed as the 'King of Lovelorn People' in Taiwan and while most of his music is very somber their very soothing to listen to. A few of my favorites from him are 你,好不好, 如果雨之後 and 以後別做朋友.

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    1. That's a good idea - starting with OSTs!! Will be checking out the artist you mentioned this week!

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    2. I love the songs you recommended by Eric Chou, thanks!!!!

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    3. Glad you enjoy his music! I recently stumbled upon him myself while listening to Drama OSTs LOL. If you have spotify I would recommend listening to his latest album or the top 10 popular songs :)

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  5. I really like Hua Chen Yu 华晨宇. He's a rocker and usually composes his own songs - for example I Don't Care (我管你). He also have some OSTs - Shimmer (微光), Wukong (齐天), Search (寻).

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  6. I have a Spotify playlist called Cpop中文音乐 that has all of the songs above. I listened to both old and new Chinese music so u can prob find sth u like there :)

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