OPlus and Da LAB
@Tran I say yes.
The term “pop music” is often used interchangeably with the term “popular music.” Popular music is just music that is marketed towards the general public. It can encompass many genres/styles of music. Pop music (when used to describe a music genre) is a Western-style of music that is usually marketed towards the youth. Pop music oftentimes borrow elements from various genres like dance, rock, blues, country, etc. and is continuously evolving.
To me, the term Vpop is short for Vietnamese popular music. Vpop, in my opinion, is just the Vietnamese version of Western pop music. Music that is targeted towards the youth is called “nhạc trẻ” in Vietnam. Anything that you would call “nhạc trẻ,” I would call Vpop. Using the term Vpop is just a better way to market Vietnamese “nhạc trẻ” to foreigners. A Western audience will have no idea what “nhạc trẻ” is, but they might have some understanding of what Kpop or Jpop is. Therefore, I personally use the term Vpop to loosely categorize all Vietnamese music that is modern in nature and targets the youth.