Update: 20:23 | 10/01/2020
Prestigious American entertainment magazine Billboard recently released an article lauding Vietnamese singer Vu Cat Tuong.
The article, which was published on January 3, said the singer was one of the top names in Vietnam’s music industry today, possessing “a powerful voice and the ability to write and compose songs in styles from R&B to soul, blues and electropop, alongside emotional pop ballads.”
Vietnamese singer Vu Cat Tuong.
Besides her two albums Decode and Stardom, the US magazine also mentioned Tuong’s two sold-out concerts – the Birthday Concert in 2017, and Stardom in the following year, as well as her appearance in Forbes Vietnam’s Top 30 Under 30.
Her latest and first bilingual album Inner Me, released in November, is also mentioned in the story. The album marks a new milestone in Tuong’s career as it is the first time she has sung and composed in English.
In addition to transferring her own emotions in a different language, it is also the first time the singer has collaborated with international producers Benjamin James and Michael Choi. Having her album recorded both in Vietnam and Los Angeles, US, Tuong said she was willing to accept the challenge, push herself and prove her ability when presented with such an opportunity.
According to the article, the artist once shared that she wanted to be like a "free prince" in her very own world, and Inner Me a land of ambition, recklessness and full of new things for her to learn and experience, a land of new travels and adventures.
Music producer Michael Choi also had praise for the Vietnamese singer in the magazine.
“Vu Cat Tuong dares to engage and take risks. I see the potential and power of Vu Cat Tuong, and hopefully her music would be able to reach the world's ears and take off from there, and I applaud her for wanting to take that first step,” he said.
On her Facebook, Tuong expressed her happiness on receiving the coverage.
"Thank you Billboard for letting me know I can do it. I will always try all my best no matter what,” she said.
Tuong began her career after finishing second in the Voice Vietnam contest in 2013. The singer has won two Dedication Award and was included on Forbes Vietnam’s 2018 30 Under 30 list, in addition to many other accolades.
Many of her hits have received millions of views on YouTube, like Mo (Dreaming) or Yeu Xa (Distance Love). The lead single from her latest album entitled Co Nguoi (Someone) has accumulated 8.2 million views.