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Vietnamese V-pop prince claims Billboard first

By Nguyen Quy   January 15, 2021 | 05:31 am PT
Vietnamese V-pop prince claims Billboard first
Son Tung M-TP (R) and Snoop Dogg in the music video "Hay Trao Cho Anh".
His music video “Hay Trao Cho Anh” (Give It To Me) has made V-pop prince Son Tung MT-P the first Vietnamese artist to appear on Billboard’s LyricFind Global chart.

"Hay Trao Cho Anh" ranks second after Filipino-pop group SB19’s "Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Nooon."

The chart ranks the top-trending lyric searches through LyricFind’s syndication service, according to the U.S.-based music magazine Billboard.

Tung’s MV features rapper Snoop Dogg and stars American singer Madison Beer. It was released in July 2019 and reached one million views within just eight minutes and two million in 14 minutes, becoming the fastest Vietnamese music video to reach these thresholds.

The song blends several popular genres like the trendy Latin dance music reggaeton, tropical house and hip-hop. In the video, Son Tung plays a rich man living a luxurious life in a mansion with pretty girls surrounding him, but lacks happiness. He meets his love interest, played by Madison Beer, at a party one day and falls for her at first sight. The MV was shot in Los Angeles.

Son Tung, 27, a singer from the northern province of Thai Binh, had entered the Billboard’s Social 50 chart last year. This chart ranks musical artists based on their online popularity by tracking activity on social media platforms.

Tung released his first single in 2013 at the age of 19 and has since become one of the biggest pop stars in Vietnam. His music is a fusion of traditional Vietnamese music, K-Pop and U.S.-U.K. pop.

His several hits have earned him many accolades, including an MTV Europe Music Award and inclusion in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Vietnam.

Check out the music video for "Hay Trao Cho Anh":

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