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Title: PRODUCING POP IN SINGAPORE - CAUGHT BETWEEN THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL
Authors: TAN PENG SING
Keywords: popular culture, singapore, music, magazines, bourdieu, indie
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2018
Citation: TAN PENG SING (2018-08-20). PRODUCING POP IN SINGAPORE - CAUGHT BETWEEN THE LOCAL AND THE GLOBAL. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation attempts to uncover the institutional and aesthetic politics behind the success of post-2012 S-Pop musicians. Up until recently, English-language popular music from Singapore, or S-Pop for short, has been plagued by negative stereotypes (Phua and Kong 1996; Mattar 2003, 2009; Liew and Tan 2013). Against the high quality and heavily-produced Anglo-American cultural exports, locally-produced English-language popular music occupies a marginal position within the local field (Chua 2012). By examining historical challenges of local musicians as a field of cultural production (Bourdieu 1983, 1993; Regev 2013; Taylor 2014), I show how Anglo-American discourses of indie music and authenticity penetrate the local music scene in the 1980s through the pages of an influential magazine (BigO Magazine), resulting in the existing stereotypes around S-Pop. From the 2000s onwards, local government support and technological disruption within the popular music field led to the pursuit of production value above everything else. Compared to their predecessors, I demonstrate how today's S-Pop musicians increasingly operate in a transnational space despite being firmly rooted within the local.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/150354
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