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5 Chinese Attempts at Viral Music Videos Poorly Received

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Following the success of viral videos such as “Friday” by Rebecca Black, “Gangnam Style”, and “What Does The Fox Say“, many Chinese pop singers also began to cash in on this trend, often using scantily-clad women and broken English to attract views.

While many Western viral videos often became popular due to their combination of humor and outrageousness, Chinese viral videos were met by general disgust, leading many netizens to question people’s values in a society where music videos glorified themes such as mistresses, money, and sex.

Holiday – Huang Rong

INTRO: Everybody, it’s holiday today. Are you ready?
Everybody are you ready? PARTY PARTY.
Everybody let’s go party, it’s holiday holiday,
Let’s go to party.
DAY DAY Y DAY YI DAY DAY

today 又是 [is another] Saturday ,
我们 [we] can go party on 网 [line] 卡拉 ok [Karaoke].
Teacher teacher 常常 [always] say,
good good study, day day up.

那些 [Those are] no 是today的thing,
Give me one 矿泉 [mineral] water,
我不会[We won’t] no three no four.

我有 [We have] so clever 脑袋一个 [a brain],
一起 [together] play, 一起 [together] two.
我们两个 [the two of us] who 跟 who,
给这世界一点 [Show this world some] colour see see.

我好想 [I want] day day 都是 [to be] holiday,
Where good where cool 我们 [we] where stay.
NO work NO learn, Love谁谁 [whoever],
Crazy crazy ok ok.

我好想 [I want] day day都是 [to all be] holiday,
I’m good? I’m bad ?I’m sorry.
NO 心 [heart] NO 肺 [lungs], let me free,
Give Me give me DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY
DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY

today 又是 [is another] Saturday,
我们 [we] can go party on 网 [line] 卡拉 ok [Karaoke].
Teacher teacher 常常 [always] say,
good good study, day day up.

那些 [Those are] no 是today的thing,
Give me one 矿泉 [mineral] water.
我不会[We won’t] no three no four.

我有 [We have] so clever 脑袋一个 [a brain],
一起 [together] play, 一起 [together] two.
我们两个 [the two of us] who 跟 who,
给这世界一点 [Show this world some] colour see see.

我好想 [I want] day day 都是 [to be] holiday,
Where good where cool 我们 [we] where stay.
NO work NO learn, Love谁谁 [whoever],
Crazy crazy ok ok.

我好想 [I want] day day 都是 [to be] holiday,
Where good where cool 我们 [we] where stay.
NO work NO learn, Love谁谁 [whoever],
Crazy crazy ok ok.

I’m good? I’m bad ?I’m sorry,
NO 心 [heart] NO 肺 [lungs], let me free.
Give Me give me DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY
DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY

DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY party party
DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY
DAY DAY YI DAY YI DAY DAY
Holiday!

Comments on Youku:

nyj799:

Really hate Chinese mixed with English.

kama2300:

Foreigners can’t understand this, Chinese aunties can’t comprehend this, this is our generation’s language: Chinglish.

__假不正经女士:

Trash music! This is just a promotional video for an underwear advertisement~

花露水2010:

Fuck”? [the word “day” and “fuck” in Chinese are homonyms]

-钟琦- :

So they can have Gangnam Style bt we can’t have Holiday?

hgudkcud:

The dance is very innovative, wouldn’t it be great if they weren’t wearing underwear?

爱尔兰玄彬:

These kind of lyrics truly will teach young people the wrong things. I hope more public figures especially celebrities will do more things that positively benefit the upbringing of young people, rather than lifting one’s skirt to show others, hoping everyday is a holiday, neither working nor learning, such a worthless lifestyle! Do they think young people today are not listless enough already? Is there no one to control the distribution of lyrics [songs] like this?

Gigolo – Xie Rong’er

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MAN: I wasn’t after your wealth and fortune.
You didn’t care if I was poor.
We just wanted a simple love.
Not caring what hardship we’d have to endure.

WOMAN: I didn’t think you would cheat on me.
More shameless than a mistress, living off a woman.
I used silence to accept your crimes.
I can only blame myself for picking you, I was blind.

MAN: I’ve finally become someone’s gigolo,
Spend everyday with a rich woman, eating and playing.
So many years of love abruptly ends,
How should someone as lovesick as you cope.

WOMAN: You’ve finally become someone’s gigolo,
Just how much is dignity really worth?
No choice for me but to shed tears,
TOGETHER: There’s nothing more to blame, goodbye.

WOMAN: I wasn’t after your wealth and fortune.
Not did I care that you were poor.
We only wanted a simple love.
Not caring what hardship we’d have to endure.

MAN: But reality defeated the promise of love.
Your walking away in silence was betrayal.
In numb silence I can only look up at the sky.
I can only blame that I am a loser.

WOMAN: You’ve finally become someone’s gigolo.
Spend everyday with a rich woman, eating and playing.
So many years of love abruptly ends.
How should someone as lovesick as you cope.

MAN: I’ve finally become someone’s gigolo.
Just how much is dignity really worth?
Our original dreams tossed aside.
TOGETHER: There’s nothing more to blame.

WOMAN: You’ve finally become someone’s gigolo.
Spend everyday with a rich woman, eating and playing.
So many years of love abruptly ends.
How should someone as lovesick as you cope.

MAN: I’ve finally become someone’s gigolo.
Just how much is dignity really worth?
Our original dreams tossed aside.
TOGETHER: There’s nothing more to blame, goodbye.

Comments on Youku:

nnkun:

Really good, as controversial as Lady Gaga, the quality of a Thai MV, the choreography of Chinese villagers. I can only hope for more…

speed1231:

If all Chinese music is like this, then I will never listen to Chinese music again…

帕特里西亚姐姐:

Oh my god…I can’t believe I actually finished watching this…

fuck哟切克闹:

I agree, some Chinese songs and MVs, whether it is music creation or lyrical meaning, are all simply garbage. There are no works with meaning. Strongly despise this.

李煜琰律师:

Society has progressed, different values are now allowed to exist, hahaha! Even SARFT tolerated this?

伪阿卡林之波尔加P:

Totally dumbfounded, domestically produced songs continue to reach new lows. If this is mainland China’s pop culture, then this culture might as well just die.

Diva – Ai Dai

wu la la la way too cute
wu lalala wake you
wu lalala way too cute
wu lalala wake you……

还没回答 还没回答 [Answer me, answer me] How can i fill my dream,
还没回答 还没回答 怎么看见不回 [Answer me, answer me. Why are you ignoring me].
Call me Rita call me Rita , I know a little swing,
Call me Rita call me Rita , She’s lady of quality.

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H HERMèS She’s got a bed of Birkin bag,
M Maserati She leaves it down at garage.
F Firenze Her properties are in Italy,
M Memoirs She writes autobiography.

No way 这位 [this] Lady She’s got everything,
要问 这位女生 说话要 [Ask this girl, when she talks she] keep it straight.
Oh乖 难怪你拽 越拽越惹人爱 [Oh good, no wonder you are swinging, the more you swing the more people will love you],
No way 这位 [this] lady So nice to meet you here.

L.V party,she’s the No.1 guest, last one came,
Lorren 和 [and] Meggie, being very gossipy(but who cares?).
No matter where you see, she’s always followed by paparazzi,
Tomorrow China Daily, says her company is on Lombard street.

No way 这位 [this] Lady She’s got everything,
要问 这位女生 说话要 [Ask this girl, when she talks she] keep it straight.
Oh乖 难怪你拽 越拽越惹人爱 [Oh good, no wonder you are swinging, the more you swing the more people will love you],
No way 这位 [this] lady so nice to meet you here.

wu la la la way too cute
wu lalala wake you
wu lalala way too cute
wu lalala wake you….

还没回答 还没回答 [Answer me, answer me] How can I fill my dream,
还没回答 还没回答 怎么看见不回 [Answer me, answer me. Why are you ignoring me].
Call me Rita call me Rita , I know a little swing,
Call me Rita call me Rita , She’s a lady of quality.

H HERMèS She’s got a bed of Birkin bag,
M Maserati She leaves it down at garage
F Firenze Her properties are in Italy
M memoirs She writes autobiography.

No way 这位 [this] Lady She’s got everything,
要问 这位女生 说话要 [Ask this girl, when she talks she] keep it straight.
Oh乖 难怪你拽 越拽越惹人爱 [Oh good, no wonder you are swinging, the more you swing the more people will love you],
No way 这位 [this] lady so nice to meet you here.

Let me hear you now Say wu lalala way too loud,
没你不热闹 [It’s no fun without you] Oh wake up wake up, shall we?
说话有腔调 即使听不清也有味道 [Speak with an accent, even if its hard to understand, we still have class],
你唱什么 谁动了我的高脚杯 [What are you singing about, who touched my cocktail].

Let me hear you now Say wu lalala way too loud,
没你不热闹 [It’s no fun without you] Oh wake up wake up,shall we?
说话有腔调 即使听不清也有味道 [Speak with an accent, even if its hard to understand, we still have class],
你唱什么 谁动了我的高脚杯 [What are you singing about, who touched my cocktail].

wu la la la way too cute
wu lalala wake you
wu lalala way too cute
wu lalala wake you….

Comments on Youku:

沈怀志:

I didn’t understand a single word.

当当迷:

Korean KPOP are just mass produced trash songs, yet you go and learn from them… This melody, these lyrics… and that meaningless English. It is a good thing to learn from abroad but you should at least research the best way to absorb outside content to create your own. This song feels like it is purely intended for making quick money.

ぁ小宝お乖乖ぁ:

Do they want to compete with Huang Rong’s “Holiday”?

正在-输-入:

Must they add a few lines of a foreign language to show that they are trendy?

糖醋排骨哥:

Another Lady Gaga wannabe?

I’m Not Going to Be Your Concubine – Xie Rong’er

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You always lie about being busy with work, you met Mr. Wang then Mr. Zhang.
Your love is absurd, it drives me mad.
You should sweeten your love, I can’t stand your lies.
You heart is disloyal, when you see beautiful women you become a playboy.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
Do not play around with me.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
I will not be fooled by you.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop being a playboy.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop daydreaming.

You always lie about being busy with work, you met Mr. Wang then Mr. Zhang.
Your love is absurd, it drives me mad.
You should sweeten your love, I can’t stand your lies.
You heart is disloyal, when you see beautiful women you become a playboy.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
Do not play around with me.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
I will not be fooled by you.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop being a playboy.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop daydreaming.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
Do not play around with me.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
I will not be fooled by you.

You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop being a playboy.
You are not my emperor and I not going to be your concubine.
You should stop daydreaming.

Comments on Youku:

丶邪爵:

Chinese music videos have “progressed” to this level now?

宝宝早:

Brothers, let’s upvote this to the front page, and let more people know that Chinese MV is only this level.

陌白森:

Eunuchs can have sex???

爆炸文:

Very realistic, very lewd, it will definitely have high views. Haha, but shes not revealing enough and the girl’s body is not very good.

GismoYAO:

The song using such shallow lyrics, this MV (I’m calling it a MV to avoid cursing) is so vulgar. it is these people who are slowly destroying China’s culture!

作安安安安:

Fuck, this is why Chinese pop music is falling further and further behind others by the day. It is because of shit like this. This singer is a disgrace to the music world.

What Does The Fox Say? – Gong Yuefei

Comments on Youku:

xujun501:

So vulgar, what is the difference between this and stripping?

yeah青春依旧:

This MV can be compared to AV [Adult Video]…

祝萌女王bb:

What the fuck, talk about destroying/ruining this song. That Norwegian group’s version was just great, but was your English taught by a language teacher? Your pronunciation is this awful and you still dare to sing [in English]? Are you from Dongguan?

狂风一夜:

If this was North Korea, this would result in execution.

7707107:

How can you be shameless to this level! You are more disgusting than even Gan Lulu, fuck.

Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

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