Virtual concerts help artists engage with fans hinh anh 1Pop idol Chi Pu prepares for her second show of Chi Pu’s Greatest Show which will be broadcast live on July 14. Photo courtesy of the artist
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - As the music industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, virtual concerts are helping Vietnamese artists promote their music and engage with their fans.

Pop idol Chi Pu is working on a special music project called Chi Pu’s Greatest Show on YouTube to introduce audiences to a new Chi Pu.

“I’ve spent months on developing the project. Chi Pu’s Greatest Show offers fabulous performances and songs featuring different styles of music,” said the 27-year-old singer and actress, whose real name is Nguyen Thuy Chi.

The artist is preparing for the second show with a circus theme which will be broadcast on July 14.

The show promises to have exciting circus acts along with Pu’s performances of her new songs, Cung Dan Vo Doi (Broken Strings) and Talk to Me.

“I became a fan of Chi after watching the first Chi Pu’s Greatest Show although previously I didn't like her voice,” said Nguyen Hong An, a high school student in Dong Nai province.

An was impressed with Chi Pu’s performances and her thoughts about life, and her improved voice. “Everything in the show reveals the real Chi Pu.”

Chi Pu’s first show themed Anh Trang Noi Ho Long Toi (The Moon Represents My Heart) was broadcast on the YouTube channel Chi Pu Official in May 17.

The 66-minute show has attracted more than 812,000 views.

In the show, Chi Pu sets up a music lounge in the Hong Kong style of the 1970s and sings cover versions of popular Cantonese pop songs with Vietnamese lyrics such as Anh Trang Noi Ho Long Toi and In Dream.

Chi Pu’s Greatest Show is a way of satisfying my passion for music and helps me engage with my fans,” said Chi Pu, who rose to fame in 2009 after winning a beauty pageant.

|She has been working in the show business industry as an actress, TV host, and film producer.

In October 2017, Chi Pu released a music video called Tu Hom Nay (Feel Like Ooh) to mark the 10th year anniversary of her career. The work, a combination of pop and dance music, was also her announcement that she was getting into the music industry.

Since then, most of her works have featured pop and dance music styles such as Shhh! Chi Ta Biet Thoi (I Know) and Talk to Me, except for her latest work Cung Dan Vo Doi, a composition by Kien, which has folk tunes and lyrics about a brokenhearted cai luong (reformed opera) performer.

Elsewhere, the programme Phong Tra Online (Online Music Lounge) is becoming more popular with audiences across the country and abroad due to its professional and beautiful performances.

The show introduces the music and career of famous Vietnamese composers and musicians. It also features live performances of the musicians’ all-time favourite songs and talk shows.

Van Trinh, the project’s initiator and director, told local media: “I want to introduce the at-home audiences to real and professional concerts with visual effects and performances from the country’s leading singers and musicians.”

In the premiere show themed Dem Nhac Si (Night of Musicians) in May, Trinh invited five musicians Tuan Thang, Minh Nhien, Quoc An, Hoai An and Vo Hoai Phuc, who rose to fame in the late 1990s and 2000s, to perform their music.

The second show, themed Nhung Cau Chuyen Ke (Tales of Love), last week was a commemoration for late musician Trinh Cong Son. It offered Son’s beautiful songs through performances of jazz saxophonists Tran Manh Tuan and An Tran, and pop star Duc Tuan and singer Hoang Trang.

Ho Quang Huy, 37, a fan of Phong Tra Online, said: “I didn’t miss a show of Phong Tra Online. The music was fantastic, and the sound and light effects were great. I thought I was at a real music lounge, not at home.”

Huy heard that the producer plans to be paid for the next shows. “Producers need money to invest in their project," he said.

“I can’t wait to see what a beautiful show they will bring us next time.”

Phong Tra Online is broadcast live monthly at