The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese young pop star Son Tung M-TP has won the SBS PopAsia 2017’s Best Solo Release presented by SBS PopAsia, an Australian music radio program that broadcasts recent Asian pop hits online and on the radio.
SBS PopAsia is an Australian music show that broadcasts 24/7 Asian pop hits on the digital radio, online and on mobile devices. It debuted on Australian TV in late 2011 presenting back-to-back Asian Pop music videos hosted by Jamaica dela Cruz.
Vietnamese singer Son Tung M-TP.
Due to Jamaica dela Cruz's departure in 2016, the show is now hosted by Andy Trieu on SBS Viceland from 9am-10am on Sunday mornings. SBS PopAsia broadcasts music from across East and South East Asia (South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia)- very rarely, if at all - however, there is more emphasis on music from South Korea. PopAsia fans are called PopAsians.
This year, Son Tung M-TP was chosen as the representative of Vietnam to compete against G-Dragon of Big Bang and Taeyeon of Girl Generation, two famous bands from South Korea. The pop star brought home the prize thanks to his latest MV, Noi Nay Co Anh (I’m Here), released in February, which attracted more than 100 viewers on YouTube after 59 days of its release.
He was also nominated for Best Album. The nominees of SBS PopAsia were chosen based on their professional activities, including record sales, the frequency of appearances on radio and television, online viewing and listening popularity on social media, and ticket sales.
Votes for the awards were taken through SBS networks, including websites and Facebook. Born in 1994 in Thai Binh Province, Son Tung M-TP began his professional career in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011.
He quickly became a phenomenon in the industry. His major hits include Em Cua Ngay Hom Qua (Be the girl of yesterday), Con Mua Ngang Qua (The Rain) and Không Phải Vừa Đâu (I’m really quite something).
He won the award for Young Promising Actor for his first role, a leading part, in the film Chang Trai Nam Ay (Dandelion), a production by Wepro Entertainment, at the Golden Kite 2015 awards competition presented by the Vietnam Cinematography Association.
He failed to win the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) Best Worldwide Act 2015, after defeating six competitors in Southeast Asia to become the regional representative at the awards.
Established in 1994, originally an alternative to the American MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV EMA is a popular celebration of what MTV viewers consider the best in music.
Last year, his MV, Am Tham Ben Em (Stand By You), reached more than seven million views on YouTube in one day. He has organized live concerts in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang City