Singer Jenny Hyun is pissed at the music industry. Here’s a quote from her YouTube video:
ITS SERIOUSLY GETTING OLD! ASIANS HAVE TALENT SERIOUSLY I HATE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
ALL THEY DO IS REJECT PEOPLE AND IVE HAD ENOUGH
OF ALL OF IT I WANT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BOYCOTTED
IF YOU ARE ASIAN.. GOOD FOR YOU!
BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE! LIKE ME!
We’ve done many posts about Asian Americans trying to breakthrough in both movies and music. It’s frustrating at times to see talented people not get their break cuz of their race. Even if an Asian American is signed to a record label, it doesn’t mean they’ll succeed. A majority of labels have no concept of how to market an Asian American artist to a mainstream audience. (They know even less if you’re an Asian American male.) However, we are hopeful that the labels will start changing and we’ll see more success for Asian Americans in the near future.
Far East Movement got signed to Cherry Tree Records recently and their manager Ted Chung has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg. Kina Grannis broke into the Billboard 200 at #139 without a publicist or a label. Part of us thinks that signing with a record label is overrated with all the technology available to promote your own work. The other part of us sees the hard work it takes for indie artists to survive doing everything from music production to packing and shipping you own products while answering emails, facebook, and twitter. The ones that can balance these tasks will separate themselves from the pack. Being an artist is not easy, so to all you Asian American indie artist out there, channelAPA.com is doing what we can to promote your music. Hit us up with your new stuff.
Dear music industry, Asians do have talent (contains profanity)
For more commentary on race and entertainment, see ice1cube talks about race, Traphik commentary on race, David Choi commentary on race, Asians Just Aren’t Cool Enough by Kevjumba, Breaking Asian American barriers with Sam Ock, Asian American Artists on Overcoming Racism & Stereotypes, Apathy Killed the Asian American Star by GT, and The Asian Persuasion Show x channelAPA.com