Warning! This is NOT a best of 2016 Vpop review. It's just a list of new MVs that came out between November and December of 2016 that I didn't get the chance to talk about at the time.
I like MLee as an artist, but Party Up left me feeling unsatisfied. I appreciate the fact that MLee is taking a more urban approach to her music. There needs to be more of it, in my opinion, to counteract all the bubblegum pop and sad love songs out there. However, the MV for Party Up was just another forgettable song with pretty visuals like Minh Hằng's Break The Rules MV.
If you're a Bảo Thy fan, then you probably will like Lollipop. If not, then you probably won't. Lollipop is a straight down the middle pop song. It doesn't really try to do anything new. It's just a rehash of a bunch of tried-and-true pop music ideas. It's kind of what Bảo Thy does best.
Trong by Thu Hằng has that traditional Vietnamese sound to it that I really like. I'm not sure if I like the fact that there was a bare-chested white dude with yellow fever doing white man things like trying to subjugate a local indigenous population under the guise of colonialism in this MV though.
I have to admit that I don't quite understand what is going on with Gil Lê. I'm not sure if the tomboy image that she projects is all an act to win over more female fans like Amber of f(x) or if Gil Lê is actually a member of the LGBT community. I can't figure it out, and Love Me More makes that question all the more confusing for me.
Đừng Tin Em Mạnh Mẽ had me asking, "Who the f is Jang Mi?! And why is she so popular?" Apparently, Jang Mi is a Vietnamese "hotgirl" from the southern province of Cà Mau who became an internet sensation after videos of her singing on the bus made its way online. "Jang Mi? Isn't that a Korean name?", you ask. Yes, Jang Mi is a Korean name. I guess Viet kids these days all want to be Korean, so they give themselves Korean nicknames. The best part of this MV is when Fung La threw shade at Jang Mi at her own wedding. That was cold-blooded. #Savage
As much as I love the original Ăn Gì Đây by Mr.T and Hoà Minzy, I have to say that it's now getting old with this third version. This "Swing Chicken Teriyaki Version" is my least favorite of them all. This is probably due to the fact that it uses the Pen Pineapple Apple Pen beat, and I hate that song! I hate how Western media loves to try to push PPAP as the next Asian viral hit just because it fits the established narrative that Asian men are nonsensical, bad English speaking clowns to be laughed at. Sound familiar? Gangnam Style, anyone? F*ck that!
It's nice that Hòa Minzy finally has a new song that isn't Ăn Gì Đây for once. Sống Không Hối Tiếc is your run-of-the-mill EDM pop song, but I'll take it nonetheless. I just want to see Hòa Minzy making more music because I think she's underrated as a singer. Vì Anh Là Của Em was the bomb! The only problem was that it was embedded in a super long short film.
Hương Tràm with that sad, lovey-dovey OST. Not much to say here. It's your typical Vietnamese nhạc buồn that won't ever stop being popular in Vietnam.
Another sad love song here. This time it's by singer Ái Phương.
And another one....