Popular singer Duc Tuan’s album, “Music of the Night”, with 11 songs in English and French from musicals, was one of the best releases in 2009, according to music critics in HCM City.

Though the CD offers little that is innovative, fans have received it warmly.

While Tuan’s previous pop music albums were widely credited with making his career what it is today, Music of the Night changed pace with musical theatre pieces, a first for Viet Nam.

The album’s highlights include immortal songs like “This Is the Moment” and “Memory” from The Phantom of the Opera and songs from Sunset Boulevard, popular musicals on Broadway in New York City.

Many young fans were delighted that their idol had finally reached higher heights in the musical sphere after years of singing pop, which is popular among young audiences.

Before producing the album, Tuan was aware of the public’s skepticism about his ability to sing musical theatre pieces.

“Yes, I’m a newcomer in the field. But I will provide them with something new in my style of music and performance, instead of just my pop and R&B, which is my strength,” the 26-year-old said.

Listening to “Music of the Night”, fans have said that Tuan’s singing sounds natural, strong and pure, without the need for special sound effects.

Younger than Tuan, pop star Ho Ngoc Ha and her producer made every effort to perfect her first single, The First Single, a DVD with two songs in pop and dance.

“Many audiences think my voice is too soft, my beauty and performance skills have helped me become a pop star today. I wanted to change that idea,” Ha was quoted as saying in an interview with a local music magazine.

On the recording of “Xin Hay Thu Tha/My Apology”, Ha’s voice is powerful but velvety. The song was downloaded by more than 500,000 users of a popular online music forum after its release.

Ha’s colleague from Ha Noi, singer Ha Anh Tuan, has proven his versatility with his latest album Sai Gon Radio.

Once known for his pop music, Tuan improved his range to songs in R&B.

His album features nine songs by young musician Ho Hoai Anh. With his strong voice, Tuan invested a lot of time in perfecting his singing for standout singles like “Radio”, “Loi Nhan So 4/The Fourth Message” and “Losing You”.

Critics have commended the choice, saying that although Tuan’s voice may not yet be ready for R&B, the album manages to show off his strengths.

Sai Gon Radio received the 2009’s Favourite Album, an annual music award called Blue Wave by the HCM City Radio’s FM wave.

Another star, Dam Vinh Hung, says that his new DVD “Nua Vang Trang/Half Moon” showcases a variety of styles.

Hung invited super fashion models like Bao Hoa and Xuan Lan, additionally for the quality of his voice, to perform on the album.

His DVD features 13 love songs and a video clip in pop and dance by well-known composers like Le Quang and Nhat Trung.

To make the album, Hung spent two years training his voice and performance skills.

“Hung’s Nua Vang Trang is likely to be a popular choice for listeners, the young and elderly, who believe love is forever,” said Nguyen Thi Hoa Vang, a fan living in Ha Noi.

Facing the industry’s fierce competition, singers and their producers say they must surprise their fans with something new or offer an unusual style.

From: Thu Anh (VietNamNet)