Former tour guide sets fire to Vietnamese pop music

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The song is currently one of the hottest tracks online right now after tens of millions of Vietnamese users on social media platform TikTok used its melody in their videos.

Videos using this track as background music have garnered over 147 million views. Meanwhile, the music video (MV) has also racked up over 19 million views on YouTube since its release on June 10.

Previously, the song topped the charts of Top Vietnamese Songs and Top 100 Songs on Billboard Vietnam, as well as top trending on YouTube in many countries.

The song, a mix between deep house and pop genres, has lyrics about overcoming painful realities:

“Darling, don’t cry and let the darkness before your eyes swallow you up

“Baby don’t worry and don’t let the future slip away” There’s a little regret at the end just that’s what it is

“I’m not wrong and I can’t let my heart ache forever…”

Tan said he wrote the song in 2021, during the Covid social distancing period.

“When I was locked up at home, I was overwhelmed with sadness and indescribable negative emotions, I felt like I was locked in a dark room.

“I went through a long period of depression and this song helped me get out of that state of mind. I hope it helps others who have gone through similar experiences.”

Even before “Upstairs,” Tan had a string of songs that went viral on social media.

Released in August 2021, “Da Vu” (rough translation: Dance Party) depicts a girl’s painful feelings after a breakup. His MV has over 26 million views on YouTube.

Videos using the song as background music have garnered over 75.8 million views on TikTok and nearly 2 billion views on Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart.

It has been dubbed the “divine song of Vietnam” by the Chinese online community, with people complimenting it for its “unique, pentatonic and epic” sounds.

Released in September 2020, “Ngay Tho” (Innocent) currently has 82.6 million views on TikTok and approximately 60 million views combined on YouTube of three versions of the song. The singer also posted a Chinese version of the song, which received over 10 billion views on Douyin.

“Tinh Dau” (First Love), which debuted in February 2020, garnered 55.9 million views on TikTok and 41 million views on YouTube.

Tan said this song meant a lot to him as its success helped him and his business overcome the financial difficulties at the time.

The singer said the key to his success was knowing how to create trending songs that social media users could incorporate into their videos.

During production, he and his team focused on writing melodies and lyrics that were easy to listen to and remember, Tan said.

This allows users and content creators on all platforms to use his music in their videos and increases the chances of the song going viral, he added.

According to a Chinese media sinaFinding and using new, engaging songs is essential for a video to go viral on TikTok and Douyin.

Tan said his music is not limited to one genre. He wanted to combine many different styles of music to create a distinct sound.

“As an artist, I want my music to evolve, so I try to bring something new to the audience every time, but always keep my unique color,” he said, adding that he will soon release a four-track mini-album. coming.

Nguyen Tang Duy Tan was born in the central province of Quang Tri in 1995. He worked as a tourist guide before becoming a singer. He is currently the CEO of entertainment company Big Arts Entertainment, in charge of music production.

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