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中国新歌声 Sing! China (formerly The Voice of China)
中国新歌声 Sing! China – Episode 9 Discussion
Sing! China is a Chinese reality television singing competition broadcast on Zhejiang Television. It is a rebranded version of The Voice of China, a show based on the original The Voice of Holland. The concept of the series is to find new singing talent (solo or duets) contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions.
Last year we had a megathread on this sub that I thought got a little crowded, so this year I’ll be doing a weekly thread. I will try to update with individual performance links if I find them. Thanks!
If you would like to see full details including audition song, round of elimination, etc, please refer to the [Wikipedia Page](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing!China(season_1))
LIVE STREAM LINK – Haven’t confirmed if this works cause this post is late sorry
Artists by Team
周杰伦 Jay Chou
|Nathan Hartono 向洋||Zeng Minjie 曾敏杰||Pu Xiang 朴翔|
|Laird Erin 羽田||Low Profile 低调||–|
汪峰 Wang Feng
|Jiang Dunhao 蒋敦豪|
|Camon Zheng 郑迦文||Sky Liu 刘文天||Xu Geyang 徐歌阳|
|Karen Lam 林恺伦||–||–|
那英 Na Ying
|Jeryl Lee 李佩玲||Yang Bo 杨搏||Su Lisheng 苏立生|
|Wang Chenrui 汪晨蕊||–||–|
庾澄庆 Harlem Yu
|Jike Hao 吉克皓||Jitaya Zhao 赵小熙||Yao Xi 姚希|
|Wang Chuang 王闯||Mina Yang 杨美娜|
Zheng Jiawen 郑迦文 vs Ari 阿瑞
Xu Geyang 徐歌阳 vs Liu Xuejing 刘雪婧
Jiang Dunhao 蒋敦豪 vs Xiang Yahong 项亚蕻
Karen Lam 林恺伦 vs Bai Ruoxi 白若溪
Liu Wentian 刘文天 vs Lv Junzhe 吕俊哲
Di Diao 低调 vs Cheng Sijia 程思佳
Yu Tian 羽田 vs Shan Liang 单良
Zeng Minjie 曾敏杰 vs Bao Shiyu 包师语
Nathan Hartono 向洋 vs Huang Junjie 黄俊杰
Pu Xiang 朴翔 vs Wu Jiang 吴江
Jike Hao 吉克皓 vs Lil’Akin 阿克江‧阿依丁
Yao Xi 姚希 vs Li Ruixuan 李瑞轩
Wang Chuang 王闯 vs Lucia Wu 吴映香
Zhao Xiaoxi 赵小熙 vs Fu Hao 付豪
Yang Meina 杨美娜 vs Emily Guan 官灵芝
Yang Bo 杨搏 vs Bai Jingchen 白静晨
Wang Chenrui 汪晨蕊 vs Hou Zhibin 侯志斌
Su Lisheng 苏立生 vs Yang Shan 杨山
Jeryl Lee 李佩玲 vs Zhou Yang 周旸
Vinida 万妮达 vs Yue Jingqi 岳靖淇
Voice of China: Beijing’s new propaganda broadcaster
China is creating a new giant broadcaster to ensure its voice is heard loud and clear around the world.
Voice of China, as the new outlet will be known internationally, will be formed by combining three mammoth state-run national networks: China Central Television (CCTV), China National Radio and China Radio International. It will employ more than 14,000 people.
The merger was revealed in a Communist Party document on a sprawling government reorganization program, championed by President Xi Jinping to reinforce the party’s absolute control in all aspects of state governance.
State news agency Xinhua released the document Wednesday after it was approved by China’s rubber-stamp parliament.
With echos of the Voice of America radio service created by the US government during World War II, Voice of China is tasked with “propagating the party’s theories, directions, principles and policies” as well as “telling good China stories,” according to the document.
It will be under the direct control of the party’s central propaganda department.
The new broadcast juggernaut is being formed at a time when Chinese authorities face growing challenges to control their message in the age of the internet and social media. They are making strenuous efforts to maintain strict censorship at home while pouring money into propaganda projects abroad.
Now the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, Xi has cracked down hard on freedom of expression since taking office in late 2012. He has also taken a tough line on the role of news media in the party’s “ideological work.”
Related: China’s powerful central bank has a new leader
In the past decade, Beijing has spent billions of dollars on a global campaign of “soft power” aimed at enhancing its international image and spreading its views.
CCTV has launched large operations in Washington and Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, with non-Chinese journalists fronting news reports, while China Radio International broadcasts in 65 languages — more than any other station in the world.
The Chinese government has also set up cultural centers — such as Confucius Institutes to promote the Chinese language — across the world, and increasingly provides grants to foreign think tanks in an attempt to shape public opinion.
Some of the Chinese efforts overseas have triggered backlashes in host countries, with politicians from countries including Australia and the United States accusing Beijing of political meddling through its foreign operations.
Related: Russia threatens to ban all UK media if RT loses license
Still, even before the creation of Voice of China, some Chinese state media outlets had spotted a growing opportunity for Beijing’s propaganda on the global stage.
“It takes more time to completely eliminate the asymmetry of information dissemination between China and the West, but this has obviously become a tendency,” the Global Times tabloid wrote in an editorial last week.
“The increasingly mediocre Western media also reflect the West’s declining advantages over China.”
CNNMoney (Beijing) First published March 21, 2018: 8:56 AM ET
Voice of Hope 希望之聲 Online Radio
The Voice of Hope Blogtalk Radio is brought to you live in English and Mandarin every Friday at 7:00 PM China time. A new show is posted every week on Friday at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voiceofhope. We have been broadcasting for over four years. We have over 200 teaching shows in our archives, including a children’s series. Browse through our archives. Choose any show. You will find the direction and comfort you need for living. Thank you for joining us! Click on “follow” to be reminded of the weekly broadcast. We hope you’ll join us! 希望之声博客论坛广播节目每周五在中国晚上7点用英语和普通话实况直播。每周新的节目是在周五张贴在http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voiceofhope。我们已直播了四年以上。在我们的存档中我们的教学节目超过了200个，其中包括一个儿童教学系列。浏览我们的存档。选择任何节目。你会发现你在生活中需要的方向和安慰。感谢你加入我们！点击“follow跟随”会被提醒每周的广播。我们希望你能加入我们收听！普世欢腾 Joy to the World
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter X
Our show is designed for the English learner. Want to improve your spoken English? Listen to our show. If you are a Mandarin speaker, we have a translator. Chinese children will especially profit from this show. If you are listening in China, your children can move to the head of the English class. If you are a Chinese listening in America, your children can learn to better negotiate American culture or learn the language of their ancestors. The Letter X will be the focus of today’s stories, poems, and music.
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “Z”
Today is the last live broadcast for “The Voice of Hope. ” For almost six years we have broadcast live every Friday to Mandarin speakers around the world. It has been our joy to reach out with love and encouragement to our Chinese friends…. more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter Y
Our show is designed for Mandarin speakers who desire to learn spoken English more fluently. We have a Mandarin translator. The stories, poems, and songs are all chosen to help your child, especially, to improve their English. Thanks for… more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “W”
Thank you for joining us today! Our children’s show is designed to help improve spoken English. We have a Mandarin translator, so everything is translated from English to Mandarin. Children will improve but the same teaching can help the… more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “V”
If you are a Mandarin speaker who would like to improve your spoken English or if your children need help in speaking English more fluently, this is the show for you. In addition, be prepared to be inspired. Thanks for listening.
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “U”
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The Voice of Hope: Easter Songs of the Cross
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Please listen today to our show of songs composed by noted Chinese writer and composer Xiao Min. Her songs of the cross will help us to remember the significance of God’s sacrifice of His Son… more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “T”
Thank you for joining us for the sounds and stories of the letter “T. ” If you are a Mandarin speaker and you want to learn English or especially if you want your children to learn English, here is a fun and interesting way to do it. Music,… more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “S”
Today’s show features the sounds and stories of the letter “S.” Mandarin speakers can improve their English and have fun doing it! Our show is designed for children. Help your children succeed economically and personally by improving… more
The Voice of Hope: Children’s Show – The Letter “R”
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Students share their thoughts on China to the world
2021 “Young Voice, China Story,” an English-speaking contest held over three months in which nearly 20,000 students between the ages of 6 and 18 took part, has attracted a lot of attention for providing students with an outlet to display their English talent and showcase their veneration of China to the world. Participants share their stories on the topics “This Is Me,” “Changes In My City,” “If I Had A Time Machine” and “A World That Has Changed The World.”
Let’s listen to the thoughtful insights of one top-prize and two first-prize winners in Middle School Division.
If I had a time machine
As a foodie, I am not just interested in the taste of food itself, but also the story behind it. If I had a time machine, I’d travel to the past to find out the history of one of my favorite Western dishes, pizza. Regarding its origin, there have been numerous theories, though no consensus has ever been reached. One of the theories is, surprisingly, related to China. It says that Marco Polo brought the Chinese nang back to Europe, and eventually it became the pizza. If I had a time machine, I’d be thrilled to ask Marco Polo and verify the story.
Zou Xinbai,12, from Shanghai Pinghe School, is the top-prize winner.
I am not quite sure whether the world-renowned pizzas were truly originated from Chinese food or not, but certainly an increasing number of Chinese cuisines have gained huge popularity over the past century; if I had a time machine, I would also be interested to see how China’s participation and involvement in the world during the last 100 years have developed foreigners’ curiosity for Chinese culture, predominantly Chinese food.
I have travelled to about two dozen countries and regions, but in all of which, Chinese food is always popular and welcome. I have witnessed Chinese cuisines incorporate the highlights of other cuisines to further refine recipes. This is the best part about Chinese cuisine: It is able to integrate the attributes of other cuisines and re-innovate them. For example, the Beijing Roasted Duck Pizza is a classical fusion dish that combines the characteristics of both Chinese and Western cuisine. If I had a time machine, I’d invite Marco Polo to have a try.
If I had a time machine, I would be telling the Chinese cuisine story while spreading the Chinese culture to the people long before and after us.
If I had a time machine
Before I start my speech, I’d like to ask a question. If you had a time machine and there were two buttons in front of you. One could bring you back to the past, and the other would take you to the future. Which one would you choose? Many people will choose to go to the future. However, I prefer going to the past. Why do I make the choice? Because I want to visit a famous man. Three years ago, I had a chance to travel to the former site of the Silk Road. There are Gobi desserts and mountains on the way. It’s so hot and drought.
Mao Siqi, 13, from The Tenth High School of Shanghai, is the first-prize winner.
At that time, I was curious how the people in ancient China traveled in this tough environment and built the famous Silk Road. So I went back to the year 139 BC. In a great boundless dessert, many camels were lining up and walking across it. I could visit a high-spirited young man in the caravan, Zhang Qian, who is the founder of the Silk Road, an outstanding explorer in Chinese history.
From the talk to Zhang Qian, I could know the initial intention of the mission and how many difficulties he had gone through on the way. I’d like to tell him that his exploit created a famous Silk Road. It becomes a very important trade route connecting the West and the East.
Nowadays, after more than 2,000 years, a new “Silk Road” is being built, we call it “the Belt and Road Initiative.” It inherits the ancient Silk Road spirit to make a new trade route connecting with different countries. These are the reasons why I respect Zhang Qian as a great explorer, because he is smart and brave.
He inspire me to be an explorer like him. Now, I wanna push the button to the future and explore the space and the universe.
If I had a time machine
I can never forget, in January last year, my mom and I went to Wuhan for travelling: visiting the Yellow Crane Tower, eating local food … At that time, we knew nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we vaccinate ourselves, and follow the government’s orders.
But I still ask myself: When can I go abroad and visit the world? When can I take off my mask and breathe freely? I thought for a long, long time … Suddenly one day, I had a time machine, I got onto it and came to 2031. At that time, I step into a hospital and become a doctor. At present, the pain in the neck – COVID-19 – has been controlled by human beings as technology is developing fast. We have developed a new coronavirus special effects drug. Not only can injections be given, but patients can also choose to use other treatments.
Mendy Yuan, 12, from Shanghai Fenghua Junior Middle School, is the first-prize winner.
At that time, regardless of age, the COVID-19 is as easy to cure as the common cold, and we will not be afraid of the virus. Humans have invented tiny smart chips that automatically identify virus variants by high-speed computing and treat them with specific treatments.
At that time, human and viruses can live harmoniously together. I treat some patients with COVID-19 daily, men and women, young and elderly, but none of them are frightened, even though they are coughing and having fevers, they still believe that I can treat them well, they come in admiring. I first take out the chip, quickly analyze the types of COVID-19 they’ve got, recommend the suitable treatment, and also give specific to their close contactors.
I work diligently for a long time, and, the virus slowly disappeared. COVID-19 has been controlled perfectly in 2031, it will never bother human beings again, and, finally, they will return to the place where they should have been at first.
2 LIers chosen during blind auditions on ‘The Voice’
Two women from Long Island each found a spot in a coach’s team Tuesday night during the early blind auditions on season 21 of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”
Bella DeNapoli, 22, of West Islip, made it to actor-pop star Ariana Grande’s team on the strength of her creative new arrangement of Danity Kane’s “Damaged.” Her powerhouse vocals culminated in a high note that had Grande, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend simultaneously hitting their buzzers for her.
Kaitlyn Velez, 21, formerly of Ronkonkoma and now of Copiague, earned a spot on country star Blake Shelton’s team with her rendition of “Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner, in which she accompanied herself with ukulele. Both Shelton and Legend vied for her, and shortly afterward Shelton tweeted playfully, “Well @JohnLegend it looks like @kaitlynvelez_ is going to carve her own niche on Team Blake!!”
A graduate of Bohemia’s Connetquot High School and now a music major at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Velez posted on Instagram Tuesday night, “@blakeshelton I am so excited and grateful to be able to work with you …. the GOAT [greatest of all time],” and told Legend, “Thank you for fighting for me and believing in me!!! Can’t believe you turned for me.” She also gave kudos to Clarkson and Grande.
“I very much enjoy pop from the 2010 era,” Velez, speaking by phone from home, told Newsday of her choice of Posner’s 2010 synth-pop single. “That was a really big, popular song when I was young,” she said, “and I wanted to pick a song that was super nostalgic to me and just put my own twist on it. ” Velez is the daughter of Aris, an elementary-school teacher, and Carlos, who works for a vehicle-inspection services company in Farmingdale.
West Islip High School alumna DeNapoli is the daughter of local cover-band singer Nanci-jean DeNapoli and guitarist Tom DeNapoli, who make up the duo Fine Wine and front the six-piece Beernutz. They also own and run the large electrical contracting firm KND in Deer Park.
Bella DeNapoli, left, of West Islip and Kaitlyn Velez of Copiague performed on NBC’s “The Voice.” Credit: Composite: NBC / Tyler Golden
On Tuesday night Bella DeNapoli wrote on Instagram, “Holy cannoli,” using the exclamation she uttered onstage at Universal Studios Hollywood when faced with the choice of which of three music stars’ teams to join. “To the ultimate stage mom, @arianagrande I love you sm [so much] and am blessed to have you as my coach!!!! to learn from you ‘the queen herself’ has been more then [sic] i could ever imagine. ” DeNapoli herself works in artist development, helping aspiring singers at producer Donnie Klang’s The Loft Sound Studio, in Syosset.
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The two Long Islanders had never come across each other in local music circles and met when they recorded their California auditions in August. “Oh my gosh, I love Kaitlyn so much,” enthused DeNapoli, also speaking by phone from home. “I’m so glad that we met through this process. The second we met each other it was an instant sisterhood. It felt like a little taste of home was with me while I was there.”
“It’s so crazy because we have a mutual friend,” Velez added. “It’s just so insane how we managed to not know each other and then meet here.”
By Frank Lovece
Special to Newsday
90,000 Sonny Chun’s sonorous voice won the hearts of the Chinese public – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
The song “On the Shore of Lake Baikal” is known to almost everyone in China. Its author is the popular singer and musician Li Jian.
This melody sounded in a new way on the stage of the Fifth All-China Song Contest among the villagers. This time the hit was performed by a young woman. Her iridescent voice, amazing in timbre, was highly appreciated by both the jury and the audience. The singer has a very exotic appearance: with a shock of curly hair and deep-set eyes, she does not at all look like a Chinese woman, and her name is strange – Sonya Chun.
“My name is Sonya, I am a mestizo. Both of my grandfathers are Chinese, and my grandmothers are Russian. My parents were born in the Soviet Union. In 1933 my parents and grandparents returned to Ili to Xinjiang. And I was born here. “, – says the singer.
In the 1970s, Sonya Chun was born in the Ichegashan-Sibo national volost of the Khorgos city district of the Ili-Kazakh Autonomous Region in Xinjiang. In the region of Ili, 47 of all 56 nationalities of China live compactly. Sonya has a naturally gentle, but sonorous voice, she is fond of singing since childhood:
“Mom said that when I was born, my voice sounded somehow especially sonorous, later my parents noticed that I really like to sing. It is a pity that in those years they did not even think about sending me to study, and I did not undergo vocal training, not a single lesson. “
Despite the lack of professional training, Sonya’s passion for singing did not pass. life always, it was it that helped both in joy and in sorrow, accompanied during failures and during takeoffs.In the 1980s and 1990s, songs of pop diva Teresa Teng were extremely popular in China, and for Sonya it was she who became the first teacher vocals:
“I never stopped singing.Once, as a child, it started to rain outside, I ran out of the house and began to sing Teresa’s song “Drizzling Rain”. When I played with the guys in the mountains, I always sang about the beauty of nature – mountains and rivers. I was sometimes asked, they say, who teaches you to sing? To which I invariably answered: “Teresa Teng”.
Many years later, on the stage of the All-China Song Contest, Sonya sang Teresa Teng’s song “Village Love”. Then the famous singer Tanger (Mongolian nationality), who was a member of the jury, highly appreciated her manner of performance, calling her “Teresa Teng of the Western Territory”.
Later, having already matured, Sonya moved from a remote village to a big city, where she got a job in an electric power company. Here she got married, gave birth to a daughter, on whom she began to pin great hopes. She sent her five-year-old daughter to learn to play the piano. Then Sonya did not yet know that this decision would be fateful:
“Guan Shouqing, the third piano teacher I invited for my daughter, became the one who changed my life and truly opened the world of music for me.Master Guan was also born and raised in Ili, he loves his native land, wrote many songs about his native land. In his work, I like two songs most of all, I have learned them. Once I asked the teacher Guan to listen to my performance. “
For the teacher Guan, Sonya sang the song” The Ili River is a heartfelt song. ” , the soul is full of former joy,
Even at the end of the world, we will not forget the warmth of the mother river … “.
For the already famous composer – by nationality Sibo – her performance was an unexpected discovery. And most importantly, this song was performed not by a professional singer, but simply by a singing lover who did not have any professional base. Sonya’s voice conquered Guan, and he decided to help her:
“Even in my sleep I could not imagine that someday I would have my own solo album. Many thanks to Mr. Guan. We released an album of songs about our native land together. homeland – Or – very beautiful.This collection includes 18 songs, 11 of them became clips. We worked on the album for two whole years. The album caused a big sensation in our area. “
The collection of songs by Guan Shouqing and Sonya really became unique. Firstly, because each of the 18 songs is dedicated to a specific place in the Ili region. And secondly, Sonya performed these songs both in Chinese and in the languages of many other national minorities:
“The Ili River is a soulful song” I performed in Chinese and Sibosk languages, there is also a song in Chinese and Russian in my album, as well as in Chinese and Kazakh , in Chinese and Mongolian, – says Sonya. – Ili District is multinational, we have people of 47 nationalities. When friends gather, sometimes 10 people of eight different nationalities sit at the same table. All together dance and sing, harmony and fun reigns. I want to say that people of different nationalities in Ili live in harmony. And music also plays an important role in the rapprochement of peoples, which is why Guan Shouqing and I wanted to record each song in two languages - in Chinese and in one of the languages of the national minorities – Kazakh, Russian, Sibosk or Mongolian.When people listen to and sing these songs, they feel a special closeness that unites people of all nationalities. Music is a bond that has tightly bound us all. “
In Sonya’s album with Guan Shouqing, there is one song that became very important for Sonya. Thanks to her Sonya became famous throughout the country, her name became known to many. The song is called” Russian girl Sonya “:
” Russian girl Sonya is a cheerful dragonfly.
Sonya has no time for sorrows, she grows under the sun.
When Sonya laughs, viburnum blossoms by the stream.
When Sonya sings songs, Alyosha comes to her from afar. “
” After I met the composer Guan Shouqing and the poet Gu Dingkun, I told them about my cherished dream. For many years I dreamed of my song, that is, about the one that would be written only for me. This is how the song “Russian Girl Sonya” appeared. When I first saw the lyrics of this song, I felt a little embarrassed, because it turns out that I will sing to myself. Then, when I recorded the song, everyone liked it, and this song quickly became popular, “says our heroine.
When Sonya was still preparing for the release of the album, she had a chance to appear on the air of a popular TV show. Soon the song “Russian Girl Sonya” began to sound often on various TV channels, became a hit, and Sonya herself suddenly became popular, almost a star: who sings well, and invite them to the program. ”I also decided to take part in the casting, sang the song” Russian girl Sonya “, and also the song in Chinese and Kazakh languages” Kurdnin Valley “. Then six months later I received a call from the program, invited to speak on the air. It was so unexpected. After I performed in the “6 + 1” program, new opportunities opened up for me to participate in various television programs and events, among them “100 seconds of fame”, “Payment for happiness”, “Huang He sings”. In 2015, I participated in the All-China Countryside Song Contest organized by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Agriculture and Anhui Provincial TV Channel. “
On stage, Sonya is always sunny and very confident.She sings about her native land, about the love of life. Her songs are full of hope and positive energy. In her small homeland they love her very much, they call her “Ili lark”. Sonya has two older brothers and a sister. They are very happy that Sonya managed to make her childhood dream come true. Today, Sonya’s relatives are to a certain extent connected with Russia:
“My brother headed the Chamber of Commerce of our district, he has frequent contacts with Russia. My older sister is in charge of the international cooperation department. We have restored ties with relatives in Russia.Sometimes they come to us in China, and when brothers and sisters go to Russia on business trips, they also always visit them. In addition, my sister’s daughter is studying Russian, and she completed her postgraduate studies at the Russian Language Department of Xinjiang University. I asked her to translate the texts of some Chinese songs into Russian. “
Russians are one of the 56 nationalities of China. The Ili District of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one of the regions where the Russian diaspora lives. Sonya repeatedly repeated that representatives of different nationalities in Ili live in peace and harmony.Local authorities pay great attention to the protection of cultural heritage and the development of education among representatives of different nationalities:
“In total, about 15 thousand Russians live in China, we have about 650 people in Ili. There is a Russian school in Ili, which is quite large, teaching there We also have one collector, his name is Alexander, he is Russian, he collects accordions and button accordions from all over the world. The authorities of Or, seeing his love for these musical instruments, help to open a special museum.This is just one small example that shows the authorities’ concern for the Russian diaspora. “
Sonya, a native Xinjiang woman, has little chance of learning Russian, but this does not interfere with her love for the Russian language and Russian culture:
” Russian is very beautiful … Many Russian songs are very melodic. Although I can’t speak Russian, I try to learn more Russian songs and also want more Chinese songs to be translated into Russian. I want to perform them in two languages - Chinese and Russian. “90,003 90,000 They beat their own people. Why is China introducing sanctions against the richest companies in the country ?: State Economy: Economics: Lenta.ru
International sanctions have become a familiar tool of pressure. The USA, Europe and Russia are actively introducing them in relation to individual companies, industries or entire countries. China did not stand aside either. The world’s second economy, claiming global leadership, has already become a target of restrictions from Washington: the telecommunications giant Huawei, the extremely popular social network TikTok and other companies were blacklisted.But now Beijing has begun to fight its own business, which has decided to disobey the party. Under the pretext of protecting the personal data of citizens, technology corporations are prevented from entering foreign exchanges and obstructed in their daily activities. The Ant Group, the company of once the richest man in China, Jack Ma, was the first to suffer, followed by others. The repression has already frightened foreign investors, who are hastily selling shares and crashing the markets of China and especially Hong Kong (which Chinese companies use as a link to the outside world).Peking massacre – in the material “Lenta. ru”.
The Chinese government imposes restrictions on its own technology companies: someone is prohibited from entering the Western stock exchange, someone is forced to radically restructure their business and obey the stringent requirements of national laws. Such news has appeared from time to time since last fall, but has become regular in recent weeks. The victim of the latest attack is Meituan, a food delivery service that has received a $ 1 billion fine for violating antitrust rules.The company forced customers to refuse to cooperate with competitors and will now have to rethink the business model.
In early August, the Tencent Corporation suffered, whose Hong Kong-listed shares plummeted six percent in a matter of hours. This came immediately after the state-run Economic Information Daily called online gaming “spiritual opium” addictive to minors and called for radical restrictions on the industry.Internet gaming is one of the core businesses of Tencent, a holding investment company founded by Ma Huateng (better known as Pony Ma) in 1998. For 23 years, it has grown into a powerful holding, whose divisions are responsible for a wide variety of industries: from software development to payment systems and online advertising.
Tencent headquarters in Shenzhen
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One of Tencent’s main assets is the WeChat mobile app, which enables hundreds of millions of Chinese people to email, make payments, make online purchases and process photos every day.A WeChat account can even replace classic documents – for example, when crossing the border between mainland China and Hong Kong, which has the status of a special administrative region (SAR).
In the online gaming segment, which accounts for about a third of the company’s total revenue, Tencent owns both development licenses for individual projects and entire studios, including American, Canadian and Finnish. “No industry, no sport should be allowed to evolve to destroy a generation,” the Economic Information Daily said.The authors put special emphasis on the game Honor of Kings, produced by the Tencent division and considered the most popular among Chinese children and teenagers. Schoolchildren, the article argued, can spend up to eight hours a day with it.
Tencent promptly responded to the publication and promised to implement settings in its games that limit the time spent for minors: up to one hour on weekends and two hours on holidays and vacations. Additionally, users under the age of 12 will no longer be able to make in-app purchases.In the future, they may be completely denied access to the corporation’s products. However, such measures failed to convince investors: quotations of depositary receipts (securities certifying the right of holders to own shares of a foreign company) of Tencent in the American OTC market have not yet recovered to their previous level – 57.7 dollars per share in mid-August against 72, $ 6 a month earlier (a six percent drop since August 2, when the exposé was released).
Traders on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
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In addition to the main holding, some of Tencent’s subsidiaries are also listed on the stock exchanges, and they also felt the impact of the publication of the Economic Information Daily. Tencent Music Entertainment (develops music streaming services) on the New York Stock Exchange fell 4.6 percent from August 2 and 21.4 percent (from $ 12.72 per share to $ 10.47) from mid-July. Shares in e-book service China Literature on the Hang Seng exchange sank 15 percent on the month, but rose 3.5 percent (from 70.3 to 70.5 Hong Kong dollars) since August 2.
Another victim of the Chinese authorities is the country’s most popular taxi aggregator Didi, which decided to take an unprecedented step to voluntarily withdraw its shares from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which it entered just a month ago. So the company hopes to calm the official Beijing, dissatisfied with the very fact of Didi’s cooperation with the West. In the home market, 377 million passengers and 13 million drivers use the service, and they all trust it with their personal data, which – albeit in general form – has become available to investors, as required by NYSE rules (as well as most other Western venues).
The leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fears that knowledge of the habits and behavior of ordinary citizens can give an additional advantage to a geopolitical adversary. In Washington, they can allegedly form a more complete opinion about the Chinese internal political processes, which means they can predict the actions of the authorities of the most populous country in the world. So far, Didi is being checked, the exact timing of which has not been announced. For the time being, the aggregator application was removed from the stores of all operating systems, and the company is prohibited from registering new users (both drivers and passengers), although it is allowed to serve existing ones.
dollars constituted a record fine for China against Alibaba Group
Moreover, it held it just a day before the 100th anniversary of the CCP, which is considered the main event of the year in China. The sanctions against disobedient businessmen were applied the very next day after the large-scale celebrations. In early August, it became known that Didi reached an agreement with the authorities, which, however, does not cancel plans to voluntarily leave the exchange. Under the terms of the agreement, the aggregator will transfer control over the personal data of clients to a third-party company controlled by the state.
In mid-July, ByteDance, which owns the super popular social network TikTok, had to postpone its IPO. This happened after the “confidential communication” of the management with representatives of the regulator – the People’s Bank of China.Beijing really does have a reason to treat ByteDance with particular reverence: last year the company came under pressure from the United States and personally by then President Donald Trump, who hoped to be re-elected for a second term. He accused TikTok of spying on American users, whose personal data is allegedly collected not for advertising purposes and not for more precise tuning of the video recommendation system, but for transmission to Chinese special services.
Claims were similar to those that China itself makes in absentia to Western governments (which was most clearly manifested in the case of Didi).Trump, under threat of blocking in the United States, ordered ByteDance to sell TikTok to an American company in a short time (while transferring controversial algorithms). But the deal never materialized. First, the company tried to negotiate with the American authorities, then challenged their actions in the American court (partly successfully), along the way refused to sell codes and algorithms due to the requirements of the new Chinese law. “The car [audience] can be sold, but the engine never,” ByteDance executives explained, stressing that the new owner, whoever he is, can try to develop the technology again.
ByteDance Beijing Office
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Among the potential buyers were named the largest American IT companies – Microsoft and Oracle, as well as the Walmart supermarket chain. The latter two were supposed to form a consortium and even received Trump’s approval. But in November 2020, he lost the election to Joe Biden, and ByteDance lost interest in the deal, deciding that it would be able to negotiate with the new administration without it. Official Beijing initially did not object to the transfer of TikTok to the new owner and did not even intend to interfere with financial details, but demanded that ByteDance’s actions do not look like “bowing the knees to the US government,” which could become a bad example for Chinese private business.
The situation has not been resolved to the end, the White House is still thinking about what to do with TikTok further, but they no longer insist on the sale, and even less threaten to block the service in the United States. Most likely, a special American intermediary company will appear, which will be entrusted with the processing of personal data of users. However, in the homeland of ByteDance, there is now increased attention from authorities and regulators. Initial plans for the IPO were thwarted, but the idea did not have to be abandoned altogether. The placement had to be postponed for several months – to the beginning of 2022, and the American exchange was replaced by the Hong Kong Hang Seng.The parameters of the deal have not yet been disclosed, in the summer ByteDance was estimated at $ 400 billion.
Much less fortunate was Ant Group, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group from the financial sector, with which the Chinese authorities began the “hunt” for their own largest companies. Last fall, fintech corporations were explicitly banned from listing on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, although the IPO was announced well in advance and the procedure was in the final stages of preparation. It was expected that investors would value the corporation at $ 310 billion, and the placement itself would be the largest in history: $ 34.4 billion in raised funds against the previous record holder – Saudi oil Saudi Aramco with $ 29 billion.Instead, an investigation was launched against her. A few weeks earlier, Alibaba founder Jack Ma spoke at a financial forum in Shanghai, where he made statements that were extremely harsh by Chinese standards. He compared the largest banks of the country with pawnshops (because they demand collateral from borrowers), and called their leaders a “club of old men.”
The billionaire and once richest man in China called for the abandonment of the Basel Accords – an international set of rules that must be followed by the signatory countries.They spell out the basic standards for banks and other financial institutions, designed to ensure the stability of their work and prevent a new collapse, similar to what happened in 2008 and affected the whole world. The main requirements of Basel III (the third version of the rules) relate to the minimum size of the organization’s equity capital (capital adequacy ratio), which acts as a “safety cushion” in case of impairment of issued loans, and the amount of assets that can be sold quickly and without loss of value if it is necessary to settle with depositors. and creditors (liquidity ratio).
Headquarters of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which develops the Basel Accords
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Ma believes this approach is outdated and does not take into account changes in society or technology. The Alibaba founder proposed replacing the current regime with a system of “lakes, ponds and streams” that deliver money to various sectors of the economy. The businessman did not explain the choice of just such a wording, but emphasized that financial institutions should be guided by big data and with the help of them determine the reliability of the borrower, be it a person or a company.This way you can significantly reduce risks and issue loans only to those who will definitely return them, which means that you can refuse collateral as such. Now they really play an important role in the global banking system and allow credit institutions to spend less money on creating reserves for “bad” loans, which in turn greatly reduce profits and capital.
Risks are inevitable, Ma insisted, and trying to completely protect yourself from them is useless. Moreover, it is in such attempts that the greatest risk that inhibits development lies.Shortly before him, the vice-president of the PRC and one of the main associates of the head of state Xi Jinping Wang Qishan spoke at the forum. The official, on the other hand, focused on the importance of preventing any risks inherent in the financial system and, in particular, fintech – this is how mobile applications and Internet technologies are commonly called for providing classic financial services. This area, according to Wang Qishan, does bring certain conveniences to people, but is still poorly understood and insufficiently regulated.
Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Wang Qishan
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Against this backdrop, Ma’s speech had the effect of an exploding bomb, although he himself probably expected to sound convincing – both to fellow entrepreneurs and to the authorities. According to eyewitnesses, he gave several people to read the draft speech, and they all advised to soften the tone and wording, but the billionaire still did his own thing. Soon, the People’s Bank of China and the banking regulator (in China their functions are separated) summoned the top managers of Ant Group to talk. It was her interests that were first and foremost defended by Ma, who dreams of expanding opportunities and capturing new markets.
Ant Group was created as a holding company for the main Chinese payment system Alipay, which in turn has grown over 10 years from a payment processing service on AliExpress to a huge financial ecosystem. In it, for example, there was a place for the investment fund Yu’e Bao, which allowed users of AliExpress and Taobao, a splinter from it, to invest what they earned without withdrawing money from their accounts.The fund invested in the money market, where short-term assets are traded. By 2014, Alipay’s dominance in the payments market had been disrupted by WeChat, a development of Tencent.
It was the competition from a strong rival that forced Jack Ma to develop new directions, for which the Ant Group holding was created. Alipay itself was renamed Ant Financial Services, retaining the former name only as a brand. Quite quickly, two microfinance companies joined Ant Group: Huabei and Jiebei. The first one specializes in small and medium-sized unsecured payday loans, the second provides larger amounts. In 2019, the Xiang Hu Bao health insurance fund was established, operating on the principle of a mutual fund.
Ant Group headquarters in Hangzhou, China
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All three organizations do not formally operate in the markets to which they belong, and therefore are not controlled by regulators. It was possible to achieve such a position at the expense of many intermediaries.They are the ones who issue loans to Huabei and Jiebei clients. Most often, such a role is taken on by small regional banks, ready to share 2.5 percent of the value of each loan issued for the sake of access to the Ant Group audience. Xiang Hu Bao charges an 8 percent commission on each insurance payment to members. Meanwhile, by the end of 2019, these two areas were generating 39 percent of Ant Group’s total revenue.
For several years, a giant corporation with hundreds of millions of clients existed in the “gray zone” without attracting close attention from the state. At first, the authorities’ benevolent attitude towards fintech played into her hands, in which they saw the potential for the development of the entire Chinese economy and even a real technological miracle. However, over time, the government began to realize the attendant risks, which Wang Qishan expressed at the October forum. The upcoming IPO, even without the involvement of Western stock exchanges, in any case could not go unnoticed. It’s hard to say what the consequences would be without Jack Ma’s cocky performance. Perhaps it only hastened the inevitable.
The reviewers did not even need to conduct a thorough investigation of Ant Group’s activities. In the prospectus – a presentation for potential buyers of shares – the holding indicated that it had issued loans for $ 260 billion through Huabei and Jiebei (and in fact, through regional banks). Given that they do not require collateral, and the coronavirus pandemic has hit the solvency of clients who have already resorted to unsecured loans, a significant part of them may soon become uncollectible. Since they were not backed up (as required by the Basel Accords), the subsidiary services, and with them the Ant Group itself, may suffer losses. An aggravating circumstance was that a large proportion of the loans acted as collateral for bonds issued on behalf of Huabei and Jiebei (a process called securitization). Ant Group’s overly arrogant policies threatened not only depositors, but also third-party investors who bought bonds.
In the course of the investigation, the parent Alibaba Group also went to (owns Ant Group partly directly, partly through intermediary companies, small shares are owned by top managers of Alibaba).Regulators have identified the widespread use of the practice of “choose one of two”: sellers of Alibaba marketplaces cut traffic if he began to trade in parallel on the sites of competitors. This approach helped to seize a dominant position in the Chinese market, but the authorities considered it an unfair manifestation of competition. As a result, Alibaba was issued a record fine of $ 2. 8 billion.
In April, the parties came to an agreement. The IPO was canceled, and Jack Ma and other Ant Group shareholders agreed to a radical business transformation.Huabei and Jiebei will be managed by a specially formed company, in which Ant Group will own only 50 percent. But the main thing is that from now on the corporation will obey the general rules and report to the regulators. She will also have to replenish her capital – at least to the level of five billion yuan (772 million dollars). The maximum amount of one loan will be limited to 300 thousand yuan (46 thousand dollars) for individuals and one million yuan (153 thousand dollars) for legal entities. Moreover, each loan cannot exceed a third of the borrower’s average annual income over the past three years.
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Opportunities for securitization will also narrow: it will help to raise no more than four times the size of equity capital. At least 30 percent of all loans will have to be held on the balance sheet of Ant Group or its subsidiaries – and not third-party partner banks. But the corporation went to almost the main change voluntarily, promising the authorities to focus on the payment business, with which it once started. In June, it became known that Ant Group retains hope for international expansion.In the foreseeable future, one cannot count on an IPO, but so far no one interferes with developing in other countries and regions. Jack Ma’s main targets include China’s Hong Kong and Macau Special Areas, Southeast Asia and Europe.
At the beginning of the summer, it was the turn of the companies working in the field of online education. First, 15 private online tutoring companies were fined $ 5.7 million. Most were linked to Alibaba or Tencent, with pricing fraud cited as the official reason.This was followed by legislative changes, which included a ban on extracurricular activities (not only online, but also live) for high school students on weekends, holidays and during school holidays, as well as on academic campuses. There is a limit on the duration of training on weekdays.
The main goal of the authorities is to regulate the EdTech market. This is the name of the sphere of economics at the intersection of education and IT: from online courses to applications for finding tutors and simulators in virtual reality.Like fintech, it still existed in a gray zone, which allowed entrepreneurs to rely on increased profitability. Over the years, the Chinese EdTech market has grown to an annual $ 100 billion, and most players have support from the largest IT corporations. Notable projects appear every month and easily attract funding through investment rounds (a procedure preceding a listing and targeting a narrower circle of people willing to invest).
Chinese students take the second-degree diploma exam
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The culture of education in China plays into the hands of businessmen.For those who have not received a diploma or failed at least some exam, it is often difficult to find a job and build a career, and therefore parents and students themselves are ready to spend a lot of money on training. The government is also worried that less well-off citizens are left without additional knowledge, which increases the stratification in society.
In just a few months, shares of the largest EdTech companies – New Oriental Education, Scholar Education Group, TAL and Gaotu Techedu – fell by 50-75 percent, causing a collapse on the stock exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong at the end of July.The main Hang Seng Index declined eight percent in two days; Scholar Education Group fell 45 percent and New Oriental Education fell 47 percent. But the main result of the purge is that at least hundreds of thousands of tutors were left without work, unable (at least not yet) to adjust to the new requirements. Companies have laid off the staff who were in charge of lecturing high school students, and now expect to earn only in classes with students and alumni. In some cases, the staff has decreased by 70 percent.Economists are seriously talking about a surge in unemployment both in individual regions and in the country as a whole – about five percent in general and 15 percent for people aged 16 to 24.
For most of the main “targets” of the Chinese government, at first glance, everything ended well: they managed to find a common language with officials, make amends and atone for sins, and some, like ByteDance, even kept their previous plans (which cannot be said about those who lost their jobs tutors). Moreover, all of them from the very beginning declared their readiness to cooperate with the authorities and accept any punishment.At the same time, the overall situation is full of uncertainties. It is not entirely clear what exactly prompted the country’s leadership to take seriously big business, which many are used to seeing as a showcase of Chinese achievements.
Beijing’s traditional lack of clarification encourages economists and investors to speculate. Some see the surprise attack as politically motivated. Trade and technological wars with the United States, an example of Russia that fell under sanctions, an exacerbation of the confrontation around two archipelagos in the South China Sea, which could lead to an open conflict with America and its allies – all this requires not only retaliatory, but also preventive actions to demonstrate self-importance and independence.IT companies, as agents of the idea of a global world, should remain unconditionally loyal in such conditions, and any deviation from it should be severely punished.
Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
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The actions of American social networks, which at the beginning of the year blocked the accounts of the outgoing President Trump after the storming of the Capitol, made a particularly vivid impression on the Chinese leaders. In them, the CCP saw an overt and successful attempt by big business to interfere in politics, which is considered a real taboo in China.
Among economic factors, currency rivalry stands out. Restrictions on exports and work in the United States, under which 35 Chinese companies now fall, as well as the ensuing problems with earning dollars, forced the party’s leadership to actively develop the yuan (including its new, digital version) and generally reduce financial and economic ties with the United States. …
“The car [audience] can be sold, but the engine – never”
ByteDance top management
in response to the demand to sell the algorithm to a company from the USA
Relations with Europe are also going through hard times.Last year, after years of negotiations, Beijing and Brussels entered into a comprehensive agreement that was supposed to give them access to each other’s markets. But in the spring of 2021, the EU imposed sanctions against officials in Xinjiang province for oppressing the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority. China retaliated and European authorities refused to ratify the promising deal. The presence of leading Chinese companies on “enemy” exchanges in such conditions is perceived by the authorities as a betrayal and must be suppressed.
In addition, there is a direct threat of manipulation of quotes – from both individual traders and large institutional players: banks, funds, insurers. There are cases when brokers, in an attempt to secure the price they need for one or another asset, overestimated the requirements for collateral, forcing clients to get rid of securities and goods. If something similar happens to the shares of Chinese companies, their holders at home, behind which are behind millions of depositors, retirees and clients of insurance companies, will suffer.
In addition to lost export earnings, US sanctions against Chinese companies exposed the latter’s heavy dependence on Western technology and equipment. It turned out that the manufacturer of smartphones and telecommunications equipment Huawei cannot work without access to the Android operating system from Google (it was necessary to urgently develop our own from scratch) and without American microprocessors, the supply of which to China was also restricted. They even touched the Taiwanese TSMC, which was allowed to supply Huawei only outdated chips – under pain of the same sanctions.
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A similar vulnerability manifested itself in the development of 5G next-generation communication networks. China is considered one of the world leaders in the field, but the main achievements are related precisely to Huawei, which has lost access to Western technologies and equipment. Realizing its own limitations, Beijing is now seeking to catch up and is using the militaristic rhetoric familiar to Russians, with the help of which it hopes to rally business around the party and mobilize its resources – in fact, to turn the forced isolation in its favor.To this end, the National Intelligence Law, which obliges all citizens and companies to cooperate with the intelligence services, and a new concept of economic security were hastily adopted.
The personal data of customers that Didi and other tech giants collect are valuable to the authorities not only because of paranoid concerns about national security. According to Western journalists, China is going to establish organized trade in them on sites similar to classical exchanges, and in fact create a new sector of the economy, stimulating its growth.It is not yet clear whether the authorities themselves are going to earn money from the sale of information and thus replenish the budget or rely on tax revenues from the players of the new market. But in any case, the initiative (if it was correctly interpreted by foreign analysts) requires especially careful attention to the personal data of millions of Chinese.
Finally, the government realizes that the inevitable publicity to investors when placing on foreign exchanges will shed light on controversial practices in the use of someone else’s intellectual property.For many years, the PRC had a rule according to which foreign companies could enter the local market only through the creation of a joint venture with a Chinese partner, to which all patents and development rights were transferred free of charge. Thanks to this rule and cooperation with the American IBM, the current success has been achieved by the electronics manufacturer Lenovo. In many ways, it was the reason for Trump’s unleashing a trade war at the end of 2017. In the future, Beijing announced its readiness to make concessions and soften demands on foreign investors.But experts suspect that not all the methods of the Chinese authorities were made public, and the leadership of the Communist Party, as expected, does not want to disclose them.
Some political analysts believe that the punishment of IT giants and, in particular, Alibaba with Ant Group, was the result of internal party struggles. Among the minority shareholders of the latter are relatives of former Chinese senior leaders, including Jiang Zemin, who led the country from 1989-2002. They would be one of the main beneficiaries in the event of a successful IPO, since they would be able to sell their stakes at the peak of their value under the influence of the excitement.For Xi Jinping, who has consistently fought against the influence of former party officials in the CCP, such an outcome would have been unacceptable, so he allegedly threw all his efforts to thwart Jack Ma’s plans and prevent an IPO.
dollars equals Ant Group’s estimate from its minority shareholders
Another theory says that the government simply decided to deal with the violators and regulate separate markets – financial and educational, and there is no need to look for extraneous background here.In her favor is the fact that not a single shareholder or top manager of the affected companies was prosecuted, and the enterprises themselves were able to continue working. Supporters of this version are confident that Beijing’s actions will benefit both the entire Chinese economy and individual corporations, which will be able to start everything from scratch and according to new, clear and identical rules for all, getting out of the “gray zone”.
Otherwise, Ant Group, ByteDance and everyone who was going to enter foreign exchanges in the near future, faced with new realities, would certainly have suffered losses – because of the need to rebuild the business.Frustrated investors would start a sell-off that could affect many holders within China and their creditors. Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, is convinced that the main goal of the attack on business is to reduce the level of inequality in the country.
The sudden massacre by the Chinese government against its own leading companies shocked the financial world. Observers do not have time to count the victims and wonder about the reasons for what is happening.Among them are named both political and purely economic, even the influence of internal party squabbles is seen. Some believe that by settling the most rebellious markets, the authorities will stop. Others are sure that the repression will drag on for years – until the party is convinced of the full control of big business.
Alibaba Group Founder Jack Ma
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At the end of July, the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges collapsed due to a sharp drop in the quotes of online education companies that were also hit.Major global investors are already reluctant to invest in Chinese assets. So, for example, did the Japanese SoftBank, 39 percent of the portfolio of which until recently was a share in Alibaba. Others are going to switch to sectors of the Chinese economy that have not yet been cleaned up: energy, healthcare, semiconductor manufacturing.
Moreover, ByteDance’s experience shows that Beijing is not going to completely prohibit its companies from contacting the outside world and attracting funding from abroad.Most likely, each specific case, including placement on a Western stock exchange, will require separate approval. Similar measures are being taken on the other side. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it will require Chinese companies to notify potential investors about the risks associated with possible interference by the CCP in their work. It is not yet clear how this will look in practice and how Beijing will react. But it is already clear that the second largest economy on the planet is radically restructuring before our eyes and, quite possibly, is setting an example for others.
Artists of good “plywood” – Ogonyok No. 46 (5022) dated 18.11.2007
Nobody knows who and when invented to sing to the soundtrack
Some say that the history of “plywood” began with the producer of Boney M Frank Farrian, who was the first to introduce a professional dancer into the group, who opened his mouth to the recording of male vocals. Others say that singing to a phonogram is a primordially Russian idea, and back in the 1970s, many artists performed to a phonogram, even at concerts in the Kremlin.But one way or another, “plywood” became the most tenacious and demanded invention of show business
Phonogram “singing” flourished in the early 1980s, when, in fact, electronic instruments began to be used in pop music. As always, the West was the trendsetter in “plywood”. For example, in 1985 – and then “Tender May” and “Mirage” were not even in the project – a terrible scandal broke out with the then famous Duran Duran group. At the San Remo festival, the lead singer of the group, Simon Le Bon, slipped, fell and dropped the microphone, which flew off somewhere backstage, but the singer’s voice continued to sound as if nothing had happened.The outraged spectators booed the concert, the press showered the musicians with bullying, but none of the fellow artists even thought of abandoning the phonogram. Around the same 80s, even such masters as Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Elton John and Madonna were caught using “plywood”. What then can we say about stars with a smaller caliber?
In 1990, a shocking scandal broke out with the Milli Vanilli group, which was created by Frank Farrian. It turned out that the artists Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus performed at absolutely all concerts with a phonogram recorded for them by other people – professional jazzmen Brad Howell and John Davis.Of course, Brad and John were great performers, but each of them was already over forty, and their frayed faces did not resemble the subject of dreams of young teenage girls. But the voiceless Rob and Fab were professional strippers. The result was the most profitable commercial project of the 1980s, and by December 1989, Frank Farrian had sold over 10 million discs worldwide, receiving the prestigious Grammy award. And everything would be fine if Rob and Fab hadn’t ruined the whole thing by breaking the contract with their creator.Say, we are already stars, why do we need this producer?
Then Farrian admitted that the most popular duo in the world did not sing a single line. The result was the loudest scandal in the history of the recording industry. The “vanilla” scammers were not only deprived of all the awards, but also through the court ordered to return the money for the sold Milli Vanilli albums to every willing buyer. Farrian had to pay $ 3.4 million, but he did not go for a loss, promoting the projects La Bouche and No Mercy.His former charges were simply morally destroyed – when a few years later they tried to return to the stage, all the record companies showed them the door. Rob Pilatus was never able to recover from the collapse of his career and in April 1998 he died of a drug overdose in a cheap hotel in Munich. But his sad example has become a science to all novice artists – this is what happens to hack singing to the “veneer”, who, moreover, do not obey their chiefs-producers.
RENDERING WITH FANERA
The technology of using phonograms came to the USSR thanks to the efforts of the Lenin Komsomol Theater, where the Soviet rock operas Juno and Avos and The Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta were staged. At the theater, instead of the rock group “Araks” that had gone to the professional stage, a new collective “Rock-Atelier” was formed, headed by Chris Kelmi, who opened the chronicle of scandals with the misappropriation of other people’s votes. When Chris Kelmi began his solo career, the former vocalist of the group Vadim Uslanov accused him of using a phonogram at concerts with a recording of his, Vadim’s, voice.And, in particular, the hit “Night Rendezvous”, which was super popular in those years, was sung by Uslanov, while in the video clip, which then did not leave TV screens, Chris Kelmi only opened his mouth.
– So “Tender May” simply brought to its logical conclusion all those things that were used by most of the Soviet pop artists at that time, “says sound engineer Andrei Dolgov, who once worked with” Tender May “. – For example, Andrei Razin recorded absolutely everything on a tape, including even those moments when he did not sing, but shouted something like: “I don’t see your hands!” or “Everyone says that we sing to the soundtrack, but you see that this is not true!”Andrei knew his program so well that, even if he was woken up at three in the morning, he clearly knew the moment when it was necessary to take the microphone away from his face or shout something. And then one day he sent one of his wards “Mayevtsy” to me with a request to shorten the program by three songs, because they were late for the airport. The boy, while walking to my console in the center of the auditorium, confused everything and said that the program, on the contrary, needed to be made longer by three songs. Well, it is necessary, it is necessary, my business is small.And now imagine the picture, Razin finishes singing, bows and with a bunch of flowers goes backstage, and at this moment his new song begins. We must pay tribute to him – Andrei was not at a loss, but immediately jumped back onto the stage and continued the “song”. As soon as it was over, Razin wanted to run to me, but then the second song begins … The third one follows. Then the fourth. Fifth. But after his speech, the enraged Razin almost beat this boy with a stool.
MUSIC CONNECTED THEM
Razin’s rival in “plywood craftsmanship” was Andrei Lityagin, the main ideologist and creator of the Mirage group, who invented the know-how of a commercial “chas” – when three or five Mirages were simultaneously touring Russian cities and towns »With beautiful girls opening their mouths to the soundtrack.Do you think these times are in the past? Even today, when the popularity of this project is practically at zero, there are officially three Mirages. One is “Mirage-Junior” – three nameless girls, who behind the back are called the “Lips” group. The second group is the “Mirage” group of composer Andrei Lityagin, where Margarita Sukhankina and Natalia Gulkina sing (their voices sounded on all phonograms of the ensemble in the 1980s). Finally, the third group is guitarist Alexei Gorbashov and singer Ekaterina Boldysheva, who are touring Russian clubs in the far abroad.
– What do you want ?! – Alexey Gorbashov once admitted. – After all, in the West, an artist makes money only on album sales, and our only type of income is touring. Anyway, can you imagine what thirty concerts a month are? What kind of live sound can we talk about ?!
Almost every more or less popular performer had twin groups in the early 1990s, and the artists themselves sometimes did not even know about the existence of each other. An illustrative case occurred with the soloist of the once famous punk-rock group “Gaza Strip”, when Yuri “Khoy” Klinskikh accidentally got to the concert of his “double” in the Green Theater of Gorky Park in Moscow.
“Well, Yura’s eyes, naturally, are filled with blood, he runs to the stage, and there -“ Night Wolves ”as security, – said the musician and sound engineer of the group Andrei Deltsov. – And there would be no vocalist to hit, but he took it and hit the microphone. The microphone flew away and crashed. Here the “security” worked. And before these “bulls” could realize that they were beating the very Hoy, whom they were supposed to protect, Yura received several serious injuries. And we all got there too … When they began to beat him, our whole party rushed to the stage, got involved in the carnage, and the beaten Yura ran away… Then he said that in a semi-conscious state he made his way through some ponds and vegetable gardens to the metro station, there he said that bandits were chasing him, begged the controller to let him into the car, barely reached the house, opened the door and collapsed unconscious … Here. And the “Night Wolves” did not even apologize later, they have a different aesthetics, and they will never apologize … They did not even settle for that. After the fight, there was a showdown over the microphone.
As it turned out a little later, the second “Gaza Strip” was organized by a dishonest director of the group, who thus suddenly came up with the idea of returning the money invested in the artists.
“PLYWOOD” IS IMMORTAL!
– “Plywood” is indestructible, because it is not an invention of artists, but of producers, – the sound engineer Maxim Potapov is sure. – For a live concert you need good equipment, a lot of microphones, consoles, monitors … Carrying these mountains of equipment with you is too expensive a pleasure, available only to the Rolling Stones or Metallica. All other performers rent a device on the spot, but you yourself understand – the rented equipment always remains the rented equipment … When setting up the sound, every time it turns out that half of the microphones do not work, that the sound is monstrous, the artists go into hysterics.As a result, a saving “brick” is taken out – a mini-disc player. Minimum costs, maximum profit, and the fact that the concert is held under the “plywood”, no one will even notice … a lively voice, – is sure Alexander Tolmatsky, general producer of the “Media-Star” company. – And it is almost impossible to check whether the artist is currently singing or recording is in progress. I know that 99 percent of the artists work on the double track today.Because today only a few can afford to sing without a phonogram. These are the artists who receive huge royalties. With such fees, you can afford to sing live. And the artists who earn twenty kopecks per concert are simply not able to provide their show with such a technique to sing as they want.
Double track technology (or ADT – artificial double track) is based on the fact that signals from the stage and from the mini-disc are simultaneously sent to the sound engineer’s console, which can smoothly switch from one channel to another – from phonogram to live sound …
– That is, you can mix the phonogram with the original sound, you can completely replace the original sound, you can do whatever you want without even informing the musicians about it, – Maxim Potapov reveals the secrets of his mastery. – The only trick is that feedback from the vocalist is needed so as not to get into trouble if he suddenly wants to sing a song with the audience or talk to the audience – they say, “hello-thank you-for-the-flowers-I-love-you-all “… In principle, the problem is solved by the director’s assistant, who is in direct radio communication with the vocalist and commands when to turn the microphone on and off.True, sometimes there are overlaps. At one concert of a very famous artist, an assistant said something very funny to him. The artist in the very middle of the song bends almost in half from laughter. Thank God that the director managed to instantly switch from “plywood” to the microphone and the audience heard real laughter. The musicians who paid attention to all this did not even notice how they also lost their substrates. In general, the performance of the song collapsed by itself, and the artist then made excuses to the public that, they say, he remembered how an extremely funny incident happened to him on his last visit to this city … But the newspapers later wrote that it was the most “alive” from all possible concerts.
“Before, you needed a mini-disk and a remote control with half of the buttons that weren’t working. Now, ladies and gentlemen, would you be so kind as to provide a 36-track remote control, a monitor, sound, and guitar amps, and drum kits for each drum … And I’ll think about it before agreeing to perform at the City Day. ”
“Pops is a priori a phonogram type of music.It shouldn’t sound live. Because it will simply be very bad for pop fans who should never be disappointed. And pop artists, taking care of their listeners, of course, should play to the soundtrack. ”
“As the founder of the Rock in Defense of Plywood movement, I believe that returning to live music is a step back. The day is not far off when the musicians recording music in the studio and the artists opening their mouths on stage will not even know each other.And in the XXI century, musicians will even record to the “plywood” … “
” Let the Moscow government first guarantee the quality of the equipment, which is at all concerts, but the quality of the sound, they probably don’t know this word, then the artists they will sing live with pleasure ”.
“I work the way I can. Even if I have a phonogram at a concert, I cannot just open my mouth and portray emotions.And show business is not art for you, it is a conveyor belt for making money. ”
“There should be legislation prohibiting singing to a phonogram. Because it can take ten to fifteen or twenty years to wait until the performers themselves and society mature to the point that such a deception would be considered indecent. During this time we can lose a couple of generations in a cultural sense. ”
“There is an anti-plywood law in Moldova and it is being implemented, in China the phonogram is also prohibited… Well, we are so uncivilized, why can’t we put things in order in our market, show business. We must. Luzhkov shows us an example, Moscow shows it as it should – it is the capital! ”
“There is no need to prohibit“ plywood ”, but“ plywood ”must be announced in the billboard:“ phonogram is used ”. Then people will understand that 50 dollars is not worth it, at most 5. That’s all. A person wants to sing to the “plywood”, the audience goes to him, which means that this audience needs him.But you cannot deceive the people. ”
“I suggested, in the presence of Putin, to oblige the artists to warn about the phonogram on the posters. And so that they could have cheaper tickets … Vladimir Vladimirovich listened carefully and replied: “And then who will remain on our stage if we pass such a law? Besides you, maybe there are five more people … “
” Pop is not only a phonogram. This is a global process of destruction of culture.This is a serious and tough thing to fight with. I am afraid in some 50 years to see another world with the same cars and clothes, brains and small culture. Popsatization is going on globally. ”
In China, people don’t shoot for plywood. So far
I have repeatedly heard: in China, the use of phonograms by singers is a jurisdictional case, for which they can easily be sent to camps for re-education through labor – along with drug addicts, gambling enthusiasts and prostitutes
Alas, with all the severity of the Chinese Themis, there is still it is not prohibited by law to launch magnetic recordings during performances, although the discussion around “jiachang” – “fake singing” is fierce and there is no shortage of proposals to punish “plywood” to the fullest extent of the law.
A couple of years ago, Jin Tieling, a member of the People’s Political Consultative Council of China, the country’s main advisory body, director of the National Conservatory and Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Musical Society, spoke at a parliamentary session with an initiative to consider a bill banning commercial performances with phonogram. Plywood is very harmful. It does not contribute to the healthy upbringing of growing talents, ”said the venerable music figure. He proposed to judge and at least heavily fine those who like to make money from the stage in all cases of using jiachang, whether on stage, on television, or even at ordinary parties.Mr. Jin’s idea was supported by many of his fellow musicians, but the deputies of the National People’s Congress, the country’s main legislative body, did not have enough time to consider the bill. And it is possible that the influential pop lobby hindered the promotion of the initiative.
Nevertheless, the struggle of the adherents of honest singing has brought results. The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China considered the issue of violation of consumer rights in the sphere of mass culture, deciding that the appeal to “plywood” is, in fact, slipping the audience with a falsified product.Moreover, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has approved the rules according to which performance under a phonogram without prior notification of the audience faces an administrative fine of up to 100 thousand yuan (13.7 thousand US dollars), and in the case of repeated exposure of an unscrupulous singer – deprivation of the license for variety activities. And yet, it has not yet been possible to expel “plywood” from the Chinese stage. And from time to time the question arises: perhaps, after all, to plant these deceivers in shiny outfits, just as they do here with poachers who kill for beautiful panda skins, or with illegal tree cutters?
ANDREY KIRILLOV, ITAR-TASS, BEIJING
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Dimash Kudaibergenov: a voice from heaven: Newspaper Banner
September 4, 2020 12:25 PM
Evgeniya Milenushkina about a talented singer from Kazakhstan.
I first heard it in 2015, when the Slavianski Bazaar festival was broadcast. The composition of Konstantin Meladze “Blizzard Again” sounded. Did Vitas sing like that now? It does not seem that his voice sounds hysterical, even at times hurts the ear. And here there was so much tenderness that my heart sank and it seemed that a violent wind had burst into the house.Of course, this is not Vitas – this is something unearthly….
A boy from Kazakhstan Dimash Kudaibergenov won the Grand Prix of the festival in Vitebsk, which he had dreamed of since childhood. From the age of five, his meteoric rise to world fame began. The family was not just musical – father and mother were honored cultural workers. Perhaps it was they who sculpted the talent of the firstborn. Mother is a soloist of the Philharmonic, father was head of the department of culture in the city of Aktobe. Later he became the first producer of his son.
At the age of six, Dimash becomes the winner of the children’s republican competition, and then he is an indispensable participant in all holidays, and not only sings, but also composes poetry and music to his songs. When we talk about our movie stars, we will certainly refer to their extensive filmography and high awards. And here the boy collects prizes from the most prestigious competitions, without even receiving a special musical education.
Since 2010, his name is already known in many CIS countries and even Europe.A couple of years later, he becomes a laureate of the State Youth Prize of Kazakhstan and receives the title of “People’s Favorite”. But this was all in early youth. At the end of 2016, Dimash goes to conquer China. A risky step, especially since he immediately took a very high bar for himself, deciding to take part in the prestigious vocal competition Singer. The conditions were tough: all performances had to differ in musical genre and script, and each contestant had to sing live. The voice of the youngest participant of the wondrous beauty struck all the listeners, including the jury, on the spot.All twelve rounds of the competition Dimash is in the lead. In the seventh he sang his favorite Kazakh song “Daididau”, in the ninth – in his own translation from Mandarin Chinese – “An Unforgettable Day”, in the final, twelfth – in Italian Confessa by Adrian Celentano.
Then Dimash took second place. But China was at his feet. An army of millions of fans. The girls threw heaps of flowers at their favorite (did he get so many Basques?), Blocked the road to his car, spent the night at the entrance to the concert halls to see the young man who sang their former favorite Vitas.But just then a trouble happened – Dimash sang his song “Opera No. 2” without the permission of the singer. The audience was furious with delight, and the author’s producer Sergei Pudovkin launched a lawsuit, which, fortunately, did not affect the number of the fan club (more than ten million people!) And fans in one hundred and forty countries of the world, where Kudaibergenov was not even present. For Dimash, the biggest reward for the Chinese tour was not the amount of the fee, but the acquaintance with the childhood idol Jackie Chan. The invitation to perform in France on the France-2 TV channel and the Cannes Film Festival was also honorable.
Returning to his homeland, Dimash could start working at the State Opera and Ballet Theater in Astana. But he was already completely captured by the stage. Italy, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Vienna, Belgrade, Paris. He sings in different languages of the world. We heard the heavenly voice of Dimash in Moscow, in the Kremlin Palace, where he performed “Adagio” by Lara Fabian. It seems that tears were noticed in the eyes of Putin, who was present at the concert.
In 2017, within the framework of Expo in Astana, the first solo concert of Kudaibergenov was held, which attracted more than thirty thousand spectators.There, for the first time with Kristina Orbakaite, he sang the song “Blizzard Again” by Konstantin Meladze. It is significant that his parents also took part in the concert. As always, Dimash sang something of his own, and certainly in his repertoire – songs of his native Kazakhstan. He wants to present his country to the world, and he succeeds.
Such an example, which is unlikely to be repeated by any of the current pop stars. At the beginning of last year, he traveled overseas to participate in the American competition The World`s Best on CBS.At all its stages, he scored the highest points. Unexpectedly for everyone, he announces his voluntary withdrawal from the project. The reason for doing this is the decision to give the younger participants the opportunity to prove themselves!
In March last year, two more solo concerts of the singer took place in the Kremlin Palace, where his fans from 56 countries of the world gathered. These performances were supported by the production center of Igor Krutoy. Dimash considers him not only a talented composer who wrote for him the song “Love of Tired Swans”, which has become the singer’s hallmark, but also a wise mentor, a person who can entrust all the most intimate.The song is a touching story about a tender feeling, incredible loyalty and devotion. It seems to me that the addressee for his work Krutoy found the exact one – only the voice of Dimash, whose range is six octaves, is able to unmistakably tell that life is meaningless without love.
And as an epilogue I will disappoint the hot admirers of the singer. His heart is busy, there is no point in standing at his door – a new family is being born behind it. Dimash’s chosen one was Nursaule Aubakirova, who is almost his classmate, only a little younger.And the department of the university is not music, she is a future director. And that’s all. Both are not supporters of widespread publicity of their relationship.
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90,000 Communication is better than live / +1
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To prevent the spread of coronavirus around the world, major events are canceled, company employees are transferred to remote work, and schoolchildren and students are transferred to distance learning.Video conferencing services are actively used for communication. Platform creators are constantly working to expand their functionality, and these developments may remain in demand after the pandemic.
The research company Gartner reminds that thanks to video communication services, companies can effectively establish processes in distributed teams, involve remote employees in the work, save time and money on business trips. Experts predict that only 25% of corporate meetings will be held live in 2024, as opposed to 60% in 2019.They rank as popular solution developers Microsoft (Teams, Skype), Zoom, Cisco (WebEx), LogMeIn (GoToRoom, GoToTraining and others), Google (Hangouts Meet), Adobe (Connect).
According to the estimates of the analytical company Transparency Market Research, the volume of the global market for video conferencing systems was $ 6.1 billion in 2019. It is expected that on average it will increase by 8.4% annually and by 2027 will exceed $ 11.5 billion. Cloud platforms should become the leaders of growth, allowing you to connect to the conference at any time and from any device.Market development, according to analysts, will be stimulated by the integration of 3D technologies, Augmented reality (AR) and virtual (Virtual reality, VR) reality technologies into services, which help to artificially recreate real conditions. Already, high market competition leads to the fact that developers offer users more and more opportunities.
New technology in Microsoft Teams
will drown out rustling with a packet of chips and a neighbor with a drill
Microsoft plans to expand Teams with a noise reduction tool.Artificial intelligence (AI) technology recognizes a person’s voice and separates it from other sounds: a lawn mower running, a dog barking or a baby crying. Robert Eichner, Product Manager in the Communications Department of Microsoft, demonstrated the development capabilities to journalists. During the videoconference, he rustled a bag of chips, but everyone heard only what he was saying. “Thanks to AI, Teams can remove background noise so you can hear my voice well,” he explained.
Earlier, Microsoft developed a technology that blurs the background of a video chat and does not allow interlocutors to see anything unnecessary.The company recently announced that Teams users will be able to add their own background images to simulate an office setting.
One of the Zoom options will help you to be quietly absent from a class or meeting
Photo: Fort Myers
Background images allow you not only to mask what is happening at home, but also to hide your absence from an online meeting. Meeting hosts on the Zoom platform are notified when someone is away from the screen for more than 30 seconds.To skip the call, in the Zoom Rooms section (the option is connected additionally and costs $ 500 per year, but is available with a corporate subscription), you need to create your own background by taking a photo of yourself or filming a looped video, while it is very important to look interested. The first method was invented by schoolchildren and began to actively share it on the TikTok social network. The idea was picked up by students and even company employees. True, the Vice publication notes that it will not work for a long time to leave the video chat: sooner or later, a teacher or colleagues may notice that something is wrong.But you can definitely make yourself a sandwich.
Snapchat Filters Amuse Colleagues
According to Bloomberg, in the first weeks of March, the number of downloads of the Snapchat application (allows you to exchange messages with photos and videos, as well as make group video calls) increased 10 times. A tool called Snap Camera allows users to apply thousands of different filters to photos and videos. With their help, it is proposed to radically change the image, for example, to become a piece of pizza or a roll of toilet paper.Or you can simply even out the skin tone – this is important for those who work from home and do not want to do makeup. The publication notes that during a pandemic, the application will be popular not only among teenagers, but also among adults who communicate with colleagues and friends using video calling services.
Sneek service will allow you to control subordinates
With the transition to remote work, the popularity of services that can be used to control employees is growing.One of them – Sneek – works in the background and takes pictures of users every few minutes (the time interval can be configured on your own) via a webcam. Photos of all employees are displayed on a special board that is constantly updated. To contact a colleague via video chat, just click on his photo. By default, the consent of the other party is not required, but the settings can be configured to accept calls manually. And although the number of users of the application increased 10 times in the first weeks of March, many accuse the developers of violating privacy.However, according to the co-founder of the company Dela Curry, the main purpose of the service is not to spy on users, but to help them feel like in the office and get rid of the feeling of isolation. “We know that many people will perceive this as an invasion of privacy,” he explains. – This is not a solution for such people. But there are many friendly teams who want to be in touch while they work. ”
VR technologies will recreate the atmosphere of the event
The HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC, hosted by HTC, which together with Valve Corporation manufactures the Vive virtual reality headset) is usually held in Shenzhen, China.This year the event was named the Virtual VIVE Ecosystem Conference (V²EC). It was held on the Engage platform for learning how to work in VR, developed by the Irish company Immersive VR Education.
About 2 thousand people from 55 countries have registered for the conference. They could watch the broadcast in normal mode on the monitor, or in a virtual environment by connecting via a VR headset. The presentations were made by executives and experts from companies working in the telecommunications and XR (a term that combines all virtual reality technologies, including VR, AR and mixed reality MR).All participants interacted with each other using their virtual copies – avatars, and the virtual space simulated the conditions in which a conference is usually held.
Alvin Wang Greiling, head of HTC’s Vive division in China, spoke at the event. He talked about the possibilities that VR technologies open up to people, and then decided to demonstrate them clearly. Virtual particles of the coronavirus appeared next to him, which began to approach the participants sitting in the audience.While he was speaking, everyone in the hall was wearing protective clothing. “Don’t worry guys, they won’t hurt you because we are prepared. All of you have received special protective gear, ”said Alvin Van Greylin and asked the participants to pose for a selfie. Venturebeat notes that this may not be the right time for such experiments, but this conference helped prove that the virtual environment can quite replace the real one.
Technologies for the development of car design and training for the medical profession
Designers of the American automobile company Ford meet in a virtual environment and jointly develop 3D models of new cars.This approach has been practiced in the company for several years, but it is especially in demand now, when production has been suspended in many countries. And 185 freshmen at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) study human anatomy using the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset and HoloAnatomy software. At home, they can look into every cavity of the virtual 3D model of the human body, see every organ, and then pass the exam successfully.
90,000 Skinning the living. The whole truth about the brutal business
“Skinning the living.” The whole truth about the brutal business
Skinning the living. The whole truth about the brutal business – RIA Novosti, 23.12.2019
“Skinning the living.” The whole truth about the brutal business
Cramped cages, dirt, diseases – animals that are raised on farms to be used for fur products, experience permanent stress and discomfort.RIA Novosti, 23.12.2019
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MOSCOW, 23 Dec – RIA Novosti, Maria Marikyan.Cramped cages, dirt, diseases – animals that are raised on farms to be used for fur products, experience permanent stress and discomfort. The methods of slaughter, to put it mildly, are cruel: they beat me on the head with metal sticks and rip the skin off those who are still alive. Abroad, they have long since switched to more humane methods of killing, and somewhere they have abandoned fur farms altogether. However, many Russian farms still use cheap drugs, from which animals die in terrible agony. It is virtually impossible to bring farm employees to justice for cruelty, because the rights of fur animals are not clearly spelled out in the legislation.How brutal business flourishes – in the material of RIA Novosti. Economically unprofitable Recently, the international organization PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”) conducted an investigation at five fur farms in the Moscow and Rostov regions. All were recorded on camera. The video shows in what unbearable conditions the animals are kept and in what ways they are killed – rabbits are slaughtered to death with metal sticks and their heads are cut off while still alive, chinchillas are electrocuted for a long time and painfully, and then their necks are broken.We contacted PETA Germany coordinator Annabella Macintosh, who is in charge of Eastern Europe and Asia. For the safety of those who went to the site, Annabella asks not to indicate the exact location of the fur farms. She also does not disclose exactly how she managed to get into the territory, only specifies that “everything was legal.” “In such farms, as a rule, thousands of animals are kept. In terms of abuse, fur farms are similar all over the world.In Sweden, they somehow found minks that lived with open head wounds and severe infections. In the United States, foxes were gassed and killed in electric chairs. And in China, for example, there is no punishment for abuse, ”Annabella sighs. – It’s actually 2020 in the yard, there is no excuse for such savagery. The one who wears fur supports it all. “By the way, in the German city of Raden, under pressure from animal rights activists, the country’s last mink fur farm closed this year.” In 2017, Germany voted in favor of a bill to close fur farms by 2022, ” – emphasizes the interlocutor.The law tightened the rules for keeping animals on farms so much that it became economically unprofitable. It must be said that this is a widespread practice in Europe. “For example, the Czech Republic and Serbia have taken similar steps and abandoned fur farms,” says Mackintosh. Mental Disorders A PETA representative turned to Russian colleagues, the Voices for Animals organization, for help with the distribution of video footage filmed in the Moscow and Rostov regions. The head of the organization, Dinara Ageeva, explained to the agency that keeping animals is no less cruel.They spend their entire short life in small wire cages. “They are in constant stress, suffer from crampedness, heat, cold, the smell of their own feces, which accumulate under the cells. They experience not only physical, but also psychological suffering. Mental disorders are expressed by inflicting bodily harm on themselves, cannibalism, killing offspring,” Ageeva lists. Russian animal rights activists also carried out an investigation at one time – on fur fur farms in the Leningrad region.We went there twice – eight and five years ago. “The animals rushed about in the cage, did not find a place for themselves. Some had skin diseases. The hair was coming off in shreds. And the wire floor of the cage, on which animals are constantly forced to walk, wounded the soft pads of the paws, causing pain. The very first thing that” caught the eye. ” – a terrible smell “, – recalls what he saw a few years ago, an activist of the organization” Voices for Animals “Pavel Kupriyanov. It seemed that since then enough time had passed and something should have changed, but in reality everything remained the same.An important nuance: the long-suffering law “On the Responsible Treatment of Animals” (FZ 498) does not protect the fur-bearing animals kept on fur farms. And under Article 245 of the Criminal Code, it is extremely rare to be prosecuted. “Why are foxes, raccoons worse than cats and dogs? They also feel pain and suffer!” – Ageeva is indignant. She is sure: in the future, it is quite possible to include norms on the content of fur animals in the Federal Law. “At the current stage, it is still difficult to achieve a ban on fur farms, as has already been done in other countries, but it is possible to improve conditions of detention, reduce the suffering of individuals, and also introduce public control in farms by animal protection organizations.”The interlocutor says that their organization intends to prepare an appeal to the authorities with a requirement to amend legislation that can end the suffering of fur animals. Market Shift Today, the conditions for keeping fur animals are enshrined in the Federal Law “On Veterinary Medicine” and in the order of the Ministry of Agriculture. Executive Director of the National Association of Fur Breeders. Nadezhda Zubkova told the agency that slaughter at large Russian fur farms does not contradict the Directive of the Council of the European Union, which states that any unnecessary excitement and suffering should be excluded.“The high status of our farms is confirmed by independent experts, including international ones,” she assured. In turn, public figures point out that not all animal farms are monitored. Many small farms ignore accepted norms, and then they are directed more towards human safety than animal welfare. So far, economic interests are in the first place. He adds: while European countries are gradually abandoning fur farms, Asian states are entering the game.Ditilin One of the acute problems, according to the veterinary community, is the use of curariform drugs during slaughter. In particular, ditilin, from which there is a gradual paralysis of all muscles. The animal cannot move and breathe, while remaining fully conscious and experiencing extreme fear. Honored Veterinarian of Russia, President of the Russian Association of Practicing Veterinarians Sergei Sereda says that ditilin is still used on fur farms: “One of the most painful deaths that can be imagined.This should definitely fall under the article on abuse. “The fact is that curariform drugs are one of the most affordable.” There are other methods of euthanasia – they have long been described and tried. It’s the XXI century, high technology. And we still use what the Indians used while hunting. ” a zoo, an apartment or a fur farm? The law should have a broad interpretation, it is necessary to cover all individuals.For example, don’t cows feel pain? They have higher nervous activity, there is a feeling of pain and fear. ” animals OIE (International Epizootic Bureau), Karen specifies: modern Russian livestock giants comply with the norms prescribed in the code, and specialized organizations – Rosselkhoznadzor, the Ministry of Agriculture – are guided by it in laboratory analyzes.”However, unfortunately, we do not have any standards to force everyone to comply with it, especially with regard to slaughter. Everyone chooses the method himself. And this is cruel treatment. The methods are the most atrocious. this is because if it is removed from the corpse, it already loses its qualities. Then the animals are not euthanized, but silenced with a blow to the head and injured the brain. It turns out a criminal business. We consider ourselves a civilized country, but civilization ends here at these fur farms and slaughterhouses …They should not be concentration camps for animals, “the animal rights activist is indignant. The expert notes: if all fur farms with legal status followed the rules of the code, there would be no need to talk about cruel treatment. But so far, the entire short life of furry hostages consists of suffering, and death “Center of the Universe” Few of fur animals are still lucky – caring people buy them out from fur farms. This is the only hope for minks, sables, arctic foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, foxes. This happened with Umora, a Russian sable.Now she is an Instagram star, almost 170 thousand people have subscribed to her. In the account description in black and white: “Sable, which did not become a fur coat.” Its owner is Evgenia from Volgograd. The girl actively maintains a blog, where she shows an unusual pet in numerous photos and videos. Here the sable is basking on the bed, stretching cutely and yawning lazily, but it will take a few seconds – and she is already rushing around the apartment from corner to corner, climbing the walls, flying from the closet to the bed, except perhaps running along the ceiling. She was asked to choose someone else – calmer.However, Evgenia firmly decided to take Umora: “I realized that if she is now returned to the cage, she will lose her chance of salvation. She did not even look at the others.” The owner of the sable admits: living with this animal is not easy, it was especially hard at first. “Umora has a murdered psyche after the fur farm, she is hysterical and nervous. The first year with her was hell – she bites, was scared, marks everywhere.” his hiding place, hides everything that he likes: food, my things, toys.Protects all this better than dogs. And including an apartment from unfamiliar guests. An outsider can bite. “In addition, the sable is quite cunning, and even vindictive.” If you do something against her will, then everything, consider you on the black list for life. Once my friend tried to stroke Uma, so after such frivolity she bit her. In general, when I forbid Uma to do something, she is indignant and growls. After all, if a sable wants something, he gets it – by force or by cunning. Here’s another example: once I drove Uma away from New Year’s decorations and didn’t let her play with them, so she wrote in revenge on me. “Scream is an extremely independent animal. “It seems that Uma considers the house and everything in it (including me) as her property, and she herself, at least, is the center of the universe,” the interlocutor laughs. When the sable was two years old, she got used to a new way of life. According to Evgenia, she became contact, she resorts to play, goes to the tray, allows her to trim her claws. “Umora also knows six teams, brings toys, loves to steal socks,” the hostess enumerates. The mind, of course, needs to see something besides the walls of the apartment, so she is regularly in the fresh air.”People around with interest examine the animal in the carrier. It is rarely when they guess that it is a sable. Usually called a ferret, cat or rat.”
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MOSCOW, Dec 23 – RIA Novosti, Maria Marikyan. Cramped cages, dirt, diseases – animals that are raised on farms to be used for fur products experience permanent stress and discomfort. The methods of slaughter, to put it mildly, are cruel: they beat me on the head with metal sticks and rip the skin off those who are still alive. Abroad, they have long since switched to more humane methods of killing, and somewhere they have abandoned fur farms altogether. However, many Russian farms still use cheap drugs, from which animals die in terrible agony.It is virtually impossible to bring farm employees to justice for cruelty, because the rights of fur animals are not clearly spelled out in the legislation. How brutal business flourishes – in the material of RIA Novosti.
Recently, the international organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) conducted an investigation at five fur farms in the Moscow and Rostov regions. All were recorded on camera. The video shows in what unbearable conditions the animals are kept and in what ways they are killed – rabbits are slaughtered to death with metal sticks and their heads are cut off while still alive, chinchillas are electrocuted for a long time and painfully, and then their necks are broken.
We contacted PETA Germany coordinator Annabella Macintosh, who is in charge of Eastern Europe and Asia. For the safety of those who went to the site, Annabella asks not to indicate the exact location of the fur farms. She also does not disclose how it was possible to get into the territory, only specifies that “everything was legal.”
“Our specialists were shocked. The animals were killed in front of each other, they were frightened and did not die immediately, but for an agonizingly long time,” Macintosh gives creepy details.
Everything that the specialists saw, according to the interlocutor, was “standard practice.” “In such farms, as a rule, thousands of animals are kept. In terms of abuse, fur farms are similar all over the world. In Sweden, minks were once found that lived with open head wounds and severe infections. In the United States, foxes were gassed and killed in electric chairs. And in China, for example, there is no punishment for cruel treatment, “Annabella sighs.” It’s actually 2020, there is no justification for such savagery.The one who wears fur supports it all. “
By the way, in the German city of Raden, under pressure from animal rights activists, the country’s last mink fur farm closed this year.” In 2017, Germany voted in favor of a bill to close fur farms by 2022 “- emphasizes the interlocutor. The law tightened the rules for keeping animals on farms so that it became economically unprofitable. I must say, in Europe this is a widespread practice.” So, the Czech Republic and Serbia have taken similar steps and abandoned fur farms, “- says Mackintosh …
Disorders in the psyche
A PETA representative asked for help from the Russian colleagues – the organization “Voices for Animals”, so that they could help with the distribution of video materials filmed in the Moscow and Rostov regions.
Chairman of the organization Dinara Ageeva explained to the agency that keeping animals is no less cruel. They spend their entire short life in small wire cages. “They are in constant stress, suffer from tightness, heat, cold, the smell of their own feces, which accumulate under the cells.They experience not only physical but also psychological suffering. Disorders in the psyche are expressed by inflicting bodily harm on oneself, cannibalism, killing offspring “, – lists Ageeva.
Russian animal rights activists also in their time conducted an investigation – at fur fur farms in the Leningrad region. We went there twice – eight and five years ago.” Animals rushed about. in a cage, did not find a place for themselves. Some had skin diseases. The wool was coming off in tufts. And the wire floor of the cage, on which animals are constantly forced to walk, wounded the soft pads of the paws, causing pain.The very first thing that “caught my eye” was a terrible smell, “recalls what he saw a few years ago, an activist of the Voices for Animals organization Pavel Kupriyanov.
It seemed that enough time had passed since then and something had to change, but in fact, everything remains the same
An important nuance: the long-suffering law “On the Responsible Treatment of Animals” (FZ 498) does not protect the fur-bearing animals kept on fur farms.
“Why are foxes, raccoons worse than cats and dogs? They also feel pain and suffer!” – Ageeva is indignant. She is sure: in the future, it is quite possible to include norms on the content of fur animals in the Federal Law. “At the current stage, it is still difficult to achieve a ban on fur farms, as has already been done in other countries, but it is possible to improve conditions of detention, reduce the suffering of individuals, and also introduce public control in farms by animal protection organizations.”
Dinara emphasizes: “Nowadays, with more environmentally friendly materials, there is no excuse for killing animals for clothing.The only good news is that the demand for natural fur is falling, especially among young people, while for eco-fur, on the contrary, it is growing. Progress is evident. ” On veterinary medicine “and in the order of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Executive Director of the National Association of Fur Breeders Nadezhda Zubkova told the agency that slaughter at large Russian fur farms does not contradict the Directive of the Council of the European Union, which states that any unnecessary excitement and suffering should be excluded. “The high status of our farms is confirmed by independent experts, including international ones,” she assured.
In turn, social activists point out that not all animal farms are under control.Many small farms ignore accepted norms, and then they are directed more towards human safety than animal welfare. So far, economic interests are in the first place.
“Producers, in fact, can do anything. Their task is to save as much as possible. And why should they spend money on improving conditions? they will not be hammered into the next fur coat, “- explains the chairman of the Alliance for Animal Defenders Yuri Koretskikh in an interview with a reporter.
He adds: while European countries are gradually abandoning fur farms, Asian states are entering the game.
One of the acute problems, according to the veterinary community, is the use of curariform drugs during slaughter. In particular, ditilin, from which there is a gradual paralysis of all muscles. The animal cannot move and breathe, while remaining fully conscious and experiencing extreme fear.
Honored Veterinarian of Russia, President of the Russian Association of Practicing Veterinarians Sergei Sereda says that ditilin is still used on fur farms: “One of the most painful deaths that can be imagined.This should definitely fall under the article on abuse. “
The fact is that curariform drugs are one of the most affordable.” There are other methods of euthanasia – they have long been described and tried. It’s the XXI century, high technology. And we still use what the Indians used while hunting. “
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” There are remains under the windows, all without heads. ” that fur-bearing animals are not included in the Federal Law “On the Responsible Treatment of Animals”: “What difference does it make where the animal is – in a zoo, in an apartment or at a fur farm? The law should have a broad interpretation, it is necessary to cover all individuals.For example, don’t cows feel pain? They have higher nervous activity, there is a feeling of pain and fear. “
Concentration camp for animals
animals – it was developed by the OIE World Organization for Animal Health (Bureau International Epizootic),
“All countries that have joined the WTO must comply with it.The document says about everything, including their slaughter. Up to what drugs should be put to sleep. The Code is also valid for meat processing plants, poultry factories, and so on, ”says Dallakyan. – Some drugs during euthanasia lead to the fact that corpses are mummified and do not decompose for years, decades. In this case, you can turn the infected corpse into a mummy, bury it in a cattle burial ground. By law, they are allowed in our country. However, in the event of a flood, there will be a threat of the spread of anthrax.If the production is small, they throw the bodies from which the skin has been stripped straight to landfills. “
Karen clarifies: modern Russian livestock giants comply with the norms prescribed in the code, and specialized organizations – Rosselkhoznadzor, the Ministry of Agriculture – are guided by it in laboratory analyzes.
“Unfortunately, however, we do not have any regulations to force everyone to comply with it, especially with regard to slaughter. Everyone chooses the way. And this is cruel treatment. The methods are the most brutal.There are, for example, cases when the skin is removed alive, explaining that if it is removed from a corpse, it already loses its qualities. Then the animals are not euthanized, but silenced with a blow to the head and injure the brain. It turns out to be a criminal business. We consider ourselves a civilized country, but civilization ends here at these fur farms and slaughterhouses. They should not be concentration camps for animals “, – the animal rights activist is indignant. wouldn’t have to.
“It is unambiguously necessary to develop slaughtering acts, based on the provisions of the code. It is also possible to organize video recording at fur farms and register it in the regulations. In addition, it is necessary to fix the rules on the content, size of cages, feeding. In the 1970s, when there was no private practice, everything was equated to collective and state farms, adds Karen. “And all animal farms must be licensed and checked for compliance with the adopted standards, the Rosselkhoznadzor must remain the controlling body here.”
But while the entire short life of the furry hostages consists of suffering, and death is terribly painful.
“Center of the Universe”
A few fur-bearing ones are still lucky – caring people buy them out from fur farms. This is the only hope for minks, sables, arctic foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, foxes. This happened with Umora, a Russian sable. Now she is an Instagram star, almost 170 thousand people have subscribed to her. In the account description in black and white: “Sable that has not become a fur coat.”
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Happiness loves silence and other blah-blah-blah ⠀ Perhaps in Soviet times this phrase was relevant when people were demanded to be meek, and in general it is better not to stick out again, otherwise you never know … ⠀ Nowadays, it is worth recognizing that the world has long been ruled by advertising and PR. Correctly presented information can interest thousands of people, motivate them, make them think about the problem. ⠀ They wrote to me “well, I bought a sable, sit in silence, otherwise you put it on display, expecting praise” 😅 And if you look at the situation from the other side, I want to break the fur industry with this sable, help it further fall apart.Her position is shaky even without Uma, and with every post we push her to the abyss. After all, more and more people are changing their preferences in favor of ethics. And it would be wrong to hide such a sable story. ⠀ All over the world, hundreds of thousands of caring people, organizations, foundations, shelters. And they all do a great job. All of them deserve attention and good sponsors so that their charges do not need anything. But not all of them come out to declare themselves. ⠀ You shouldn’t associate PR with something bad, think that you are doing exceptional work and in fact owe you.⠀ There are many problems, but they will pay attention to the one that is presented in a “bright cover”. This is true. Social media is a powerful weapon. The ability to lead them correctly will give you good results.
Publication from Sobol, who did not become a fur coat🐻 (@russian_sable)
Her owner is Evgenia from Volgograd. The girl actively maintains a blog, where she shows an unusual pet in numerous photos and videos. Here the sable is basking on the bed, stretching cutely and yawning lazily, but it will take a few seconds – and she is already rushing around the apartment from corner to corner, climbing the walls, flying from the closet to the bed, except perhaps running along the ceiling.
“I came to the fur farm with the thought that I would take the most problem-free animal. The mind was taken out of the cage first. She was born there, she could become a fur coat, but she was lucky. She immediately showed her character: growling, screaming, struggling and biting. I was already scared of her. “, – Zhenya recalls.
She was asked to choose someone else – calmer. However, Evgenia firmly decided to take Umora: “I realized that if she is now returned to the cage, she will lose her chance of salvation. She did not even look at the others.”The owner of the sable admits: living with this animal is not easy, it was especially hard at first. “Umora has a dead psyche after the fur farm, she is hysterical and nervous. The first year with her was hell – she bit, was scared of everything, pointed everywhere.”
Evgenia says that her pet is a very intelligent animal: “Uma opens any doors, remembers every cache, hides everything that she likes: food, my things, toys. It protects all this better than dogs. unfamiliar guests. An outsider may bite. “
In addition, the sable is quite cunning, and even vindictive. “If you do something against her will, then all, consider that you are on the black list for life. Once my friend tried to stroke Uma, so after such frivolity she bit her. In general, when I forbid Uma to do something, she is indignant and growls. After all, if a sable wants something, he gets it – by force or by cunning. Here’s another example: once I drove Uma away from New Year’s decorations and did not let her play with them, so she wrote in revenge on me. “
Scream is an extremely independent animal. “It seems that Uma considers the house and everything in it (including me) as her property, and she herself, at least, is the center of the universe,” the interlocutor laughs.
When the sable was two years old, she got used to a new way of life. According to Evgenia, she became contact, she resorts to play, goes to the tray, allows her to trim her claws. “Umora also knows six teams, brings toys, loves to steal socks,” the hostess enumerates.
Uma, of course, needs to see something besides the walls of the apartment, so she regularly visits the fresh air. “People around with interest examine the animal in the carrier. It is rarely when they guess that it is a sable. Usually called a ferret, cat or rat.”
Chinese Pop Scene, or Dolphin Princess and Other Celestial Bodies – Masters Journal
At the end of 2016, the Internet literally blew up a clip, immediately dubbed by the press “the most intelligent music video of the year.” In this MV for the song Dust My Shoulders Off, instead of the usual multi-caliber mulattos in glitter, shaking their “talents” in front of the camera, a young Chinese woman was shown in an art gallery, traveling through the masterpieces of European and American painting.The viewer experienced something like Stendhal’s syndrome: he was drawn into one picture after another – from Hopper’s Nighthawks to Van Gogh’s self-portrait (which was unexpectedly bitten off by boxer Mike Tyson’s ear), from Munch’s Scream to The Temptation of St. Anthony by Dali, – and all this at a dizzying pace, with unexpected gags like the appearance in Munch’s picture of the characters from the movie “Men in Black” or the bazooka that the heroine of “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth pulls out of the grass.
This video was so favorably different from the standard production of Western music channels that it instantly became a cult and was taken away into GIFs, so that many viewers saw its fragments without even knowing where they were from.And the song Dust My Shoulders Off, which had a catchy rhythm and funny lyrics, entered the top five sales on iTunes. But most of all, the audience was amazed by the fact that among the creators of the clip, masterfully using Western painting, there is not a single European or American – only Chinese. A director named Liao Zenshuai hid under the phantasmagoric pseudonym Outerspace Leo, and the famous Chinese pop diva Jane Zhang (Zhang Lianying) was behind the whole project.
Soon, she herself appeared in front of the American public at the Grammy Show, and also gave a great interview in good English to Billboard magazine in New York.It turned out that Jane Zhang is by no means a novice in show business: an experienced singer, songwriter and music producer, she has been driving the Chinese pop scene for a good ten years, was recognized as the best singer in Asia and sings in six languages - Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. In addition to countless hits in China, Jane holds several records in America: in 2009, she became the first Chinese woman to appear on the Oprah Winfrey TV show, and in 2015, she became the first Chinese singer to record a song for the soundtrack of a Hollywood blockbuster (Terminator : Genesis “).In addition to her spectacular appearance and elegant manners, Jane Zhang turned out to be the owner of a virtuoso vocal technique, especially in terms of high notes, which brought her the title of “dolphin princess” in China (the Chinese believe that only dolphins can make such high sounds).
A live performance of the Diva Dance from The Fifth Element is a good example of this technique. Based on an aria from the third act of Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor”, this number in the final part includes “alien”, physically impossible to perform “leaps” from low notes to high notes.In the film, where this number was performed by the alien Plava Laguna (and the operatic soprano Inva Mula sang for her), composer Eric Serra used sampling to embody the inhuman sounds of her voice. Jane Zhang sang a fair amount of “alien” notes live at the Jane & Friends concert. Eric Serra was shocked and wrote an emotional congratulation to Jane on Facebook, stating that it was the best Diva Dance live performance he had ever heard. Since then, Jane Zhang has performed this number on most of her shows.
In addition to music lovers, Jane’s success was also impressed by the US State Department, which in its report included her among the main instruments of Chinese “soft power”: along with actor Jackie Chan, director Zhang Yimou and classical pianist Lanlan. Since then, American fans have ironically referred to her as “Miss Softpower”. Well, the Chinese are simply “nyu shen”, which means “goddess.”
However, for all her talents, Jane Zhang is not unique in China, and she does not rise in the popular music there in splendid isolation, like the peak of Communism.A slew of bright, talented artists have made their way onto the Chinese pop scene over the past 15 years. Their vocal technique has been perfected. Their style and appearance evoke associations not with the ridiculous creatures that MTV calls pop stars, but rather with icons of classic Hollywood, such as Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner. All of them sing and write songs in three or four languages, and English is almost mandatory.
And everyone has a roughly similar background, coming from the lower middle class: from the families of office clerks, school teachers, minor officials.Their families were not wealthy enough to put the child in some Harvard, but advanced enough to give him a good education and instill a taste for Western music. Moreover, in China, due to the undeveloped show business at that time, there was no such dictate of production companies as in South Korea, all these “factories” and “scientific management”. The same Jane Zhang began her musical career, from the age of 15, performing in pubs in her hometown of Chengdu to earn money to study at the university. Nobody “made” Chinese stars, they made their way and therefore are not “kawaii dolls”, but strong personalities and high-class musicians.
The essential difference between the Chinese pop scene and the western scene is this: Chinese pop stars don’t care about maintaining the same musical style (as Jane Zhang says, “Sorry fans, I have no style, I just sing whatever I like”). Their concerts are a cocktail of different musical genres and styles. But, with all this eclecticism, each star has a certain signature trait. For example, a graduate of the Beijing Conservatory Sitar Tang (Tang Weiwei) loves to remake ethnicity into rock ballads and can combine opera vocals with ethnic singing in one composition.However, with equal passion and success, the Sitar can sing a Beatles song or a Chinese version of an old gospel song. She is believed to have the most recognizable voice in China.
The singer and actress Jike Junyi (who often uses the pseudonym Summer) had a mother who was an English teacher and loved to learn popular American songs with her students – to consolidate the material. She used the same method with her daughter, so that Jike Junyi learned to sing in English almost earlier than in Chinese.Her low, husky voice and not-so-typical Chinese entertainment attraction to the cabaret style quickly set her apart from the cohort of divas there and made her a noticeable phenomenon in the Chinese pop scene.
However, initially Jike Junyi’s fame was brought by compositions of a different kind. She belongs to an ethnic minority called and (hence she has a two-syllable surname unthinkable for the Han Chinese). It was the performance of the folk songs and called “Don’t Be Afraid” at Jike’s first solo concert in Beijing in 2014 that made a splash and made her a star.The singer herself claims that she decided to perform this composition as a kind of ritual incantation in order to get rid of the stage fear that followed her before the concert. Judging by her current relaxedness, the spell worked successfully.
In the summer of 2018, Jike Junyi visited Moscow, at the World Cup, and not alone, but with her mother. (Both ladies were rooting for the Argentine national team.) According to Jike herself, she is very interested in Russian culture.It’s a pity that Russian culture, or what’s left of it, is not at all interested in Jike: none of the Moscow journalists thought to interview her, even though the Canadian-Chinese film “Outcasts”, where Jike’s partner was Nicolas Cage, often shown on Russian TV.
It’s not just beautiful women who rule the Chinese pop scene. In China today, there is no artist who can match the popularity of the singer, rapper and composer Hua Chenyu. He rose to fame in 2013 by winning the Superboy television competition (the male counterpart of the Supergirl competition that once catapulted Jane Zhang, Sitar Tang, and a number of other contemporary pop stars to fame), and over the next five years has won every award imaginable in Chinese music entertainment. …In general, Hua Chengyu is like Elvis there.
Androgyny is one of the reasons for Hua Chengyu’s triumph. Young Asian maidens are afraid of masculinity and brutality; In their view, a handsome prince should be something like a caring and understanding older sister, but with masculine dignity. At his concerts, restrained Chinese girls squeal, groan and just don’t throw their panties onto the stage, but this will certainly happen in the near future.
However, this is only part of the success. Another is that Hua is a talented musician and artist who turns each of his performances into a vibrant theatrical performance.This is clearly seen in his performance on The Singer, where he presented an extremely unusual cover of the already classic song of the “father of Chinese rock” Cui Jian “Fake Monk”.
One fact can tell about the phenomenal popularity of Hua Chengyu. In September 2018, he gave a recital at China’s largest stadium, Bird’s Nest, built by Ai Weiwei for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and accommodating 90,000 spectators. All tickets for the stadium were sold out online … within a minute!
At the link below, Hua Chengyu is performing a composition of his own composition, written for the soundtrack of the fantasy TV series “Battle in the Heaven”, which was released this fall.This music video also provides an insight into the high production quality of contemporary Chinese TV series.
The development of Chinese television is directly related to the emergence of show business. In a country where about three thousand channels are received: satellite, cable, VOD, etc., there is a constant need for entertainment content, and therefore local pop stars have to work much more than their Western counterparts.Non-stop appearances on TV shows, recording albums and film soundtracks, filming music videos, touring – and again TV shows in one province or another – turn them into obsessive workaholics, while many still play in films and television series. The competition is extremely high, and every successful artist is stepped on the heels of hundreds of those who are younger, more energetic and no less hungry for fame.
Chinese TV channels have bought the rights to almost all entertainment shows in the world and are still producing many original programs.The Chinese-American show China Star, aired on Shanghai television in 2015-2016 and co-produced by the Grammy Award and the China Recording Association, can be considered a milestone in the development of television music entertainment. It not only introduced Western quality standards on Chinese TV, but also consolidated the ranks of leaders in the music industry, among whom were both the above-mentioned Sitar Tang and Jike Junyi, and less well-known artists like the jazz diva Tia Ray (Yuan Yavei), whose the performances full of drive created a real sensation.
Leader in the production of music shows – Hunan Provincial TV Channel. It was he who created the Supergirl and Superboy competition programs, which have led to fame for almost half of modern Chinese pop stars. But the producers of the channel do not stop there and delight the audience with new shows almost every year. Perhaps, Hunan-TV, together with the Internet platform MOMO, launched its most daring and complex project in 2018. The music show PhantaCity, which began airing in July, has become the most talked about in Chinese TV history, with an unusually high interest among well-educated audiences.
The essence of the show is as follows. The pop star presents his song, new or classic. The writers of the show write something like a play for this song, which is rehearsed by one of the directors of the program with the participation of the star and the actors. In the pavilion, sets are built for her and costumes are made. The preparation process is recorded on video. During the show, this mini-musical is played live and filmed with multiple cameras in one take. The film is displayed in real time in the studio and simultaneously shown to the TV audience.
In other words, we are talking about live television musical theater. The scripts for mini-musicals can be different: sometimes they refer to popular films, sometimes they are based on the lyrics of a song or the image of the performer, sometimes they are pure fantasy. Genres are also very different, from comedy to horror. Not everything works out in these musicals. But the skill of the Chinese TV crews is impressive: the team of cameramen not only demonstrates coherence and ingenuity, but also produces a picturesque picture, and the artists and special effects designers are simply worthy of the Oscars.
Singer and actress Faye Wong was the permanent host of the show in the first season. Fei is a living legend not only because she played in Wong Karwai’s Chungking Express and 2046, but also because she is one of the founders of Chinese pop music. A native of Beijing, she performed for a long time in Hong Kong, became a star there, and then introduced the principles of Hong Kong entertainment on the mainland. And her own mini-musical in the show showed spectacular stylizations inspired by classic films from the golden age of Hollywood.
But the most spectacular was the mini-musical of the singer and actress Cecilia Han (Han Xue), based on the Hong Kong fantasy “The Terracotta Warrior” (1990) and the song from this picture. According to the plot of the film, the hero, played by Zhang Yimou, kidnapped the Taoist pill of immortality in order to save his beloved Gong Li. But the girl cheated on the pill to the hero himself and died. In the show, the roles were turned upside down: a girl eats the pill of immortality, after which she searches for a hero through the centuries.The most complex combined filming reflects the high professional level of modern Chinese TV, and even a small mistake at the end of the number, due to which part of the camera team got into the frame, seems to be made on purpose – otherwise the audience would simply not believe that all this magic is being created before their eyes in live broadcast.
The rapid development of the Chinese show business makes us remember: it was China that created the first direction of Asian pop music about 100 years ago – Shanghai jazz.Distinguished by original melodies and unique style of performance, Shanghai jazz developed successfully until the communist seizure of power in 1949. Mao Zedong banned pop music in general, both Western and proper Chinese, declaring it pornographic and “harmful to workers.” It continued to develop in Hong Kong and Taiwan, isolated from mainland China and heavily influenced by Western and Japanese influences. Interesting cultural hybrids were created there in the field of music as well as in the field of cinema.
China, radically lagging behind them during the 27 years of Mao Zedong’s dictatorship, could not simply transplant the Hong Kong or Taiwanese style onto its soil – they would not have taken root. The first experiences of mainland Chinese on the pop scene looked ridiculous and imitative. It is the current generation that is creating the canon of mainland Chinese popular music before our very eyes.
In the Western genre, formed by cabaret and nightclubs, when it is already considered the norm for a star to look and behave like a stripper, Chinese pop stars have brought refinement, grace, gracefulness in gestures reminiscent of classical Chinese culture.And they managed to organically combine this with the westernized musical style. As a result, a high-class entertainment is born, in many ways unique: it carries sexuality without aggressiveness, femininity without compliance – a calm, almost aristocratic dignity. Not every culture can boast of this.
And as an example of this style – the number that Jane Zhang herself calls her favorite: the vocal version of “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla.
Text: Dmitry Comm
Header picture: Jane Zhang