When global streaming platform Spotify released its “Wrapped 2020,” listing the year’s most-streamed artists and tracks in Vietnam and other countries, rapper Den Vau emerged the most streamed Vietnamese artist for a second consecutive year.The most streamed song in the country was “Mascara” by Chillies, a five-member Vietnamese indie band debuting in 2018. The list of five most-streamed songs in Vietnam also included “Loi Nho” (Small Alley) by Den Vau, whose songs, according to Spotify, has been listened to for more than two million hours by his fans in 2020.The streaming giant’s listing shows clearly that the popularity of indie and rap music has been rising in Vietnam, finding a special resonance amid 2020’s ordeals. Chilles on the cover for their “Cu Chill Thoi” (Just Chill) single in July, 2020. Photo courtesy of Chilles. Indie, or independent music that is produced independently of record labels and their marketing strategies, has brought new sounds to Vietnamese contemporary music scene for several years now, with many prominent artists like Ngot band, Ca Hoi Hoang, Trang, Vu, and Chillies.In 2020, while some artists took a break amid the pandemic, indie and rap singers introduced new songs and videos, achieving millions of views and… Read full this story
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