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Live Chinese music nightspots expand song lists to include English, K-pop and J-pop tunes

Published on Jan 23, 2013 3:58 PM

Clubs and bars playing live Chinese pop songs are going multilingual, adding English, Korean, Japanese and even Thai music, to cater to a wider audience.

Mr Dennis Foo, chief executive of St James Holdings, which owns the four-year-old Shanghai Dolly, said he has changed the entertainment offerings of the club to cater to the preferences of customers.

He says: "Our main concert and dance hall now holds weekly themed nights. On Tuesdays, it's Canto Nite. On Wednesdays, it's a special modern music theme night featuring K-pop, J-pop and Mandopop top-40 hits."

Mr Foo adds that Shanghai Dolly's club lounge on the second floor, called Piano Bar, offers a stripped-down, acoustic atmosphere with Mandarin jazz and Cantonese hits performed live.

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