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C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese popular music, a loosely defined musical genre by artists originating from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Others come from countries where the Chinese language is used by much of the population, such as Singapore and Malaysia. C-pop is sometimes used as an umbrella term covering not only Chinese pop but also R&B, ballads, Chinese rock, Chinese hip-hop, and Chinese ambient music, although Chinese rock diverged during the early 1990s.
Cantopop is a genre of popular music written in standard modern Chinese but sung in Cantonese. Cantopop is also used to refer to the cultural context of its production and consumption. The genre began in the 1970s and became associated with Hong Kong popular music from the middle of the decade
Mandopop refers to Mandarin popular music. The genre has its origin in the jazz-influenced popular music of the 1930s Shanghai known as Shidaiqu. Its later influences came from Japanese enka, Hong Kong's Cantopop, and Taiwan's Hokkien pop — in particular the Campus Song folk movement of the 1970s.
Hokkien Pop is a C-Pop genre sung in Taiwanese Hokkien and produced mainly in Taiwan. Hokkien pop is the most popular amongst Hoklo people in Taiwan, Mainland China, and the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.