Chinese artists buy copyright for Vietnamese musician’s songs

By Dang Khoa   November 14, 2021 | 11:53 pm PT
Chinese artists buy copyright for Vietnamese musician’s songs
Composer Nguyen Van Chung. Photo courtesy of the artist
Composer Nguyen Van Chung has sold the rights to four of his hit songs to Chinese artists, who reportedly plan to re-record and release them in their country.

All four are ballads: Vang Trang Khoc (The Crying Moon), Chiec Khan Gio Am (The Warm Handkerchief), Bay Giua Ngan Ha (Flying in the Galaxy), and Dem Trang Tinh Yeu (Moon Night of Love).

The 38-year-old HCMC-born musician said his songs had caught the attention of some Chinese singers who plan to translate and perform them for the Chinese and global markets.

One Chinese artist told him he was the first Vietnamese ever to have songs registered for copyright protection in China, he said.

Chung did not reveal the value of the deal.

He is currently in talks to sell the rights for several other songs, he said, adding he believes his songs are popular because of their gentle melody.

In the past, he sold the rights for his Nhat Ky Cua Me (Mother's Diary) to a Japanese label, which translated and released it in Japan.

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