Đón Xuân Tuyệt Vời could very well be a video on how gentrification works. Let me get this straight. There's this old dude hanging out in this old rundown ally with drab looking street art depicting the real life struggles of a man far away from home during Tết. So, the dynamic duo of Hoàng Thuỳ Linh and Chi Pu both get the bright idea that they are going to paint over it with bright, cheerful colors. In the end, the old dude and his antique bike is pushed out by a younger and more wealthy generation, and all the problems and struggles of the old residences are covered up with things that are more inviting to a more affluent population. Who cares about the old, poorer people living there before you got there? Just push them out. Sounds like gentrification to me. It happens in the city of Atlanta everyday. They painted a bright, cheerful picture of children on the side of a building known as "Murder Kroger" to increase the value of the surrounding Atlanta Beltline property. But you know what? That doesn't change the fact that people got murdered there or the fact that people still got murdered there after the painting was commissioned.
Singers Hồ Ngọc Hà and Noo Phước Thịnh get together to celebrate Tết with their fake TV family in Chúc Tết Mọi Nhà. In this MV, everyone is dressed up to impress in their colorful áo dài while watching the traditional lion dance. Anyone ever participated in a lion dance before? Let me tell you, it's way harder than it looks. I once was suckered into to being the lion head for my Vietnamese Student Association in college. That shit is physically exhausting! That lion head is heavier than it looks. Doing those jumps/lifts take a lot of practice and energy. Plus, it takes a lot of coordination and all-around physical fitness. You have to be like a freaking gymnast to be a legit lion dancer.
Chúc Tết Mọi Nhà and Đón Xuân Tuyệt Vời were both songs done for a special Tết DVD put out by Gala Nhạc Việt, which is basically Vietnam's version of Paris By Night. You can find more Tết songs by other Vpop artists like Đông Nhi on their YouTube channel. I'm not going to talk about all of them. Instead, I'm going to highlight just this one song by Ngô Kiến Huy, Only C, and Lou Hoàng because I think it's one of the better ones.
Bảo Thy can be very hit or miss for me. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually like this Bảo Thy CF (commercial film) for AirAsia. Cất Cánh Du Xuân is largely a product of the minds of Only C and Lou Hoàng. I guess that's why I like it so much. I'm a sucker for catchy, upbeat teenage pop music.
For the last Tết song of this year, we have a mashup by Vietnamese YouTuber LEG. Enjoy, and happy Vietnamese Lunar New Year! Best wishes to you and your family in the year of the cock. Also, be on the look out for some site updates and new features in the near future.