Sơn Tùng M-TP, real name Nguyễn Thanh Tùng, is one of Vietnam's rising stars. Sơn Tùng began writing music in the underground scene when he was in the 11th grade. In the 12th grade, he convinced his parents to let him enter the Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City to study music. Nicknamed "hot boy" by his classmates, Sơn Tùng was destined for greatness -- graduating with the highest point total of his class.
In 2012, he released his first hit single Cơn Mưa Ngang Qua. In 2013, he released the smash hit Em Của Ngày Hôm Qua. With numerous awards like the Zing Music Awards R&B Song of the Year, the We Choice Awards Song of the Year, and the Golden Kite Award for Most Promising Actor; Sơn Tùng M-TP is flying high with no signs of slowing down.
When you are pulling 61 million+ YouTube views from a country with a total population of 90 million, that's what I call -- killing it! What percentage of the population has access to the internet anyways? Ridiculous!
I believe Sơn Tùng M-TP is Vpop's greatest weapon. He's young (21 years old) and very marketable. Although people have accused him of plagiarism, I find it laughable. There are those who say Sơn Tùng M-TP is a copycat artist of Kpop idols like G-Dragon. Are you for real? G-Dragon? Mr. One-of-A-Kind? That's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Half of G-Dragon's songs have been suspected of plagiarism. Google it if you don't believe me. All I have to say is -- how can I trust a guy who claimed to have unknowingly smoked ciga-weed? Really, bro? You couldn't tell the difference between a cigarette and weed?1 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Not happening.
Kpop fanboys and fangirls need to wake up. A large number of Kpop songs are just Korean remakes of obscure Western songs that have bought by the record company. I'm talking about big name groups here like f(x) and SNSD too.2 If you're one of those Kpop fans that like to hate on Vpop, just stop. Yes, there's a lot of Kpop influences in Vpop; however, I don't see Americans complaining about Koreans trying to copy their style. So, M-TP is copying G-Dragon because he has short dyed hair and is influenced by hip-hop?
Like it or not, Sơn Tùng M-TP is coming for that No.1 spot. He is making waves, and I would argue that he is the reigning prince of Vpop. For the longest time, I didn't know what "M-TP" stood for so I just called him Mother****ing-The Prince. Apparently, M stands for "Music." T stands for "Tài Năng" (Talent). And P stands for "Phong Cách" (Style). I can agree to that because I believe M-TP has the musical talent and style to go down in history as Vietnam's Elvis Presley -- the Seo Taiji, the Jay Chou if you will, of Vietnamese Pop music.