Originally Posted by ChiTownCity
Just curious, I know about Korea and Japan's huge Pop scene that's becoming increasingly popular over here (especially with the help of Gangnam style now). What is the music scene like in Hong Kong? Does China have anything similar going on?
Hong Kong is the original pop music capital of Asia. The industry really took off in the 1970s with influence across Asia. Most Chinese pop stars are still a product of the Hong Kong industry, including people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and Malaysia.
China is a real backwater when it comes to producing pop music; very few of its homegrown pop singers are famous outside its borders. That said, it's a huge consumer market, so the Hong Kong and Taiwan industries now rely pretty heavily on listeners in China.
Just as a sidenote, you have to make a distinction between different languages when it comes to Chinese pop: the two big industries are in Cantonese and Mandarin, but there's also Hokkien pop music that is popular in Taiwan, Fujian, Malaysia and Singapore.