HCM CITY — The world’s most respected music chart, Billboard, comes to Việt Nam on January 14, offering Vietnamese a doorway to the international music landscape.
Billboard Vietnam will be launched with two flagship charts, Billboard Vietnam Hot 100 encompassing global music and Billboard Vietnam Top Vietnamese Songs.
The charts will expose Vietnamese music and artists to an international audience while displaying the impact of international acts within Việt Nam. They will be featured on Billboard.com, further enabling artist discovery by the global community.
Both charts rank the most popular songs in the country based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of leading audio and video music services and download sales from top music retailers, provided by MRC Data.
“Music Charts are one of the most important validations that artists can receive from fans” Billboard Vietnam CEO, Myke Brown, said.
“We are excited that the Vietnamese music culture can unite and shine with artists around the world under a standardised metric for our music industry.”
Billboard first appeared in 1940 and its rankings have grown to become the most accurate and respected measure of success for artists and their music.
The Billboard Hot 100, introduced in 1958, and Billboard 200, launched in 1956, have been the barometer of success for artists, songs and albums in the US for decades and resonate globally.
Fans play a vital role in the Billboard Vietnam music charts since their support counts for streams, views and sales of music.
HCM City student wins at logo contest
HÀ NỘI — HCM City-based Ngô Quang Trung, 22, won the top prize at a logo design contest to celebrate the 30th founding anniversary of Việt Nam and South Korea diplomatic relations this year.
The contest was co-held by the Vietnamese embassy in Korea and the Korean embassy in Việt Nam in October and November last year for Vietnamese and Korean designers.
Trung, a fourth-year student from the HCM National University, designed the logo using two symbols of Việt Nam and Korea. The Turtle Tower on Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hà Nội is an icon of the capital city, while Gwanghwamun gate is the largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.
These structures are placed alongside the national flags of the two countries and the number 30 to represent their three-decade friendship.
The logo beat 774 others in the contest and will be used in communications and events throughout the diplomatic celebration this year.
“I’m honoured and happy for my design to be selected,” Trung said at the award ceremony on Tuesday. “I hope that it will contribute to fostering bilateral ties in the future.”
The award ceremony is a curtain-raiser for a series of cultural exchanges serving the celebration, said Korean ambassador Park Noh-wan at the ceremony. —
HCM City artists honoured at Drama Festival
HCM CITY — Artists Ngô Mỹ Uyên and Lê Lộc of HCM City have won top prizes at the 2021 Southern Drama Festival launched by the Performing Art Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Meritorious Artist Uyên won gold prize for the Best Actress in Tình Lá Diêu Bông (Woman in Love), a production on family issues staged by the HCM City Small Theatre.
Uyên’s performance captured the hearts of judges and audiences during the 13-day event.
“My staff and I have worked to improve both skills and creativity to advance Vietnamese drama in the southern style,” said Uyên, director of HCM City Small Theatre – the city’s first private theatre.
“Our artists love offering experimental plays using modern techniques. Therefore, we have to improve our stage experience and life skills to bring our art closer to audiences.”
Uyên has 20 years’ experience in the industry. She works as a director and producer who combines drama, tuồng (classical drama), cải lương (reformed opera), contemporary dance and music.
Uyên’s chief competitor was young actor Lê Lộc of Phú Nhuận Drama Troupe – one of the city’s leading private theatres.
Lộc won gold prize for Best Actor in Ngã Rẽ (Turn of Life), a play on urban youth and their conflicts in love, family life and their careers.
The two were among 40 artists who were honoured at the festival’s award ceremony on Monday at HCM City’s Trần Hữu Trang Cải Lương Theatre.
The organisers also gave top prizes for Best Play, Best Director and Best Scriptwriter.
The festival attracted 300 artists from 20 State-owned and private theatres and troupes in the region.
“Our festival has discovered and encouraged new talents in Vietnamese drama to develop their art,” said People’s Artist and theatre director Trần Minh Ngọc, chairman of the festival’s board. —
Culture ministry proposes fully opening to international visitors from April 30
HÀ NỘI — Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Văn Hùng and economic experts believe that April 30 is an appropriate occasion to welcome foreign tourists back to Việt Nam.
As part of a current pilot project, groups of foreign tourists have been welcomed to selected destinations on closed, package tours.
Addressing a conference on improving tourism competitiveness on Tuesday, Minister Hùng noted Việt Nam is kick-starting its tourism recovery scheme by reopening the door to domestic tourism, receiving support from localities and travel businesses.
“April 30 will be the right time. We are confident that this is the right step, the right roadmap, as the pilot programme to welcome international visitors is successful for two months, the vaccine coverage is in the top six worldwide and the tourist destinations are ready,” he said.
The minister requested that localities continue implementing the pilot scheme from now until April 30, and if the proposal is approved, Việt Nam will fully reopen its market to international tourism.
“This is determination, not idealism,” said Hùng.
Phạm Văn Thủy, deputy director of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, also agreed that the international tourism market should be reopened from the second quarter so that localities and businesses have time to prepare conditions for welcoming guests.
He also proposed to promote tourism, at the same time expand the scope of piloting to welcome guests and synchronise regulations from the central to local level and between localities.
Also at the conference, Đà Nẵng was ranked as the city with the highest tourism competitiveness in the country.
Accordingly, the city is highly appreciated for its road traffic safety, ease of access by air, a qualified tourism workforce, good quality tourism infrastructure, and attractive cultural properties.
Following Đà Nẵng, the localities with high tourism competitiveness are Quảng Ninh, Khánh Hòa, and Quảng Nam.
Hà Nội and HCM City are in 6th and 8th place, respectively. —
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