We recently put out a call to our readers and YouTube viewers asking them who they want to perform at the debut Eurovision Asia Song Contest. Amid all the talk of Korean and Japanese pop stars, the name of one Vietnamese artist has continually cut through: Son Tung M-TP.

In recent years the 23-year-old has cut a path from the underground to the mainstream, racking up more than 600 million YouTube views in the process. In January he became the very first Vietnamese artist to earn one million YouTube subscribers (he’s now up to 1.8 million).

His music video for “Lac Troi” suggests even bigger things are yet to come. Released on December 31 of last year, the glossy video earned 38 million views in its first ten days online. That made it one of the top trending YouTube videos globally and it now counts nearly 155 million views. Those are numbers many Eurovision stars can only dream of.

The self-assured singer, who parted ways with his label and set up his own entertainment company in December, lives up to the M-TP in his name. M stands for music; T stands for tai nang (talent); P stands for phong cach (style). He puts all three of those qualities on fine display in “Lac Troi”, whose title translates roughly as “lost and floating”.

Recounting a story of lost love, Song Tung serves major face in the four-and-a-half minute spectacle that melds Old World Chinese cinema with cutting edge technology and a splash of fantasy. Warrior, lover, fighter, musician — Song Tung plays all these parts with dramatic flair, serving a heady mix of sensuality, pain and even anger. Whether sitting on a throne, steering a boat or pining away for his beloved in a royal jacuzzi, he works avant-garde threads and a variety of hair styles that would make Dolly Style jealous.

Musically the song bridges time and culture. The opening suggests something traditional and Vietnamese. But the sound soon gives way to a mish-mash of R&B, house, trap and rap. Vietnamese rap, you say? Just watch him break it down — while wearing a red robe and drinking straight from a tea pot. Dude has ‘tude and it’s strangely irresistible.

About Son Tung M-TP

The son of a businessman and a theatrical singer, Son Tung began competing in piano and singing competitions as a child. During high school he joined an underground group of artists known as LadyKillah and created a studio in his bedroom, using only an old computer (donated by a relative) and free recording software he found on the Internet.

After completing vocal training at the Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City, he continued to share songs on the Internet, hitting it big with “Con Mua Ngang Qua” (“The Rain Gone By”). The song soon landed him on “The Favourite Song” — a nationally televised song contest — and his track won song of the month. Upbeat, happy and brimming with sunshine, the song reflects his personality and cheeky swagger.

Since then he’s released countless hits like “Em Cua Ngay Hom Qua” (“You of Yesterday”) — a R&B-tinged ballad that’s racked up more than 98 million hits on YouTube.

He cemented his status as an A-lister when he starred in the 2014 film Chang Trai Nam Ay (Dandelion). And in 2015 he competed on The Remix, which sees Vietnamese stars preforming remixes of hits. In August of that year he won the coveted MTV Award for Best Southeast Asia Act.

Are you loving Son Tung M-TP? Does he have the M, T and P? And could he compete with the slick artists that Australia, Japan and South Korea are bound to field? Let us know in the comments box below.

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mel
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mel

I was attracted to his music even before knowing anything about him. He definitely deserves a slot and he may even surprise the audience 🙂

Brian Carter
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Brian Carter

If you want to find a performer for vietnam son tung mtp is the best options to choose. Hope you will let him perform at eurovision asia

AshleyDoan94
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AshleyDoan94

S?n Tùng M-TP!!! Love him so much!!! I can’t stop listening his music as well as watching his live performance in Viral Fest Asia 2017!!!

Alex Truong
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Alex Truong

S?n Tùng is the best singer in Vietnam . He will bring a new breath to Asian music. He is a talented person.

Trinh
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Trinh

He is so manly. I liked him so much.

mariaozawa
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mariaozawa

S?n Tùng M-TP

sara arab sky
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sara arab sky

SONTUNG OMG he do talented i love him voice it’s special

sali
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sali

wooow SonTung M-TP im so excited ???? he have many MVs perfect ??

kim phuong
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kim phuong

S?n Tùng MTP
He is amazing!!!

Tony Daniel
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Tony Daniel

Son Tung MTP is a very talated singer and songwriter. His music is different and unique, we sky family are very proud of him!

Vu? Thi? Huyê?n Trang
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Vu? Thi? Huyê?n Trang

Son Tung M-TP is a talented, handsome, cute singer.Especially he has a great fashion style.
Son Tung M-TP’s fandom is”SKY”.SKY are always proud of him.
Thanks for the great article about Son Tung M-TP

Suli Lazy
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Suli Lazy

That’s great! !!Thank u #Eurovision Asia. I love #SonTungM-TP

Sambo Ha
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Sambo Ha

He is a wonderful artist, I love him so much, i hope he is to attend and dedication everyone a great music party. Thanks all

phuonguyen
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phuonguyen

Of course yesssss

duy phuong
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i’m son tung mtp :v

Tree
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Definitely and absolutely agreed. I say Son Tung MTP

kim nguy?t d?
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kim nguy?t d?

🙂 S?N TÙNG M-TP

Kelly Tom
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Kelly Tom

S?n Tung MTP definitely has the swag! He’s eye candy and has the raw talent . I’m from the US and heard his music, now i can’t get enough of his music. MTP is awsome, you’ll regret listening because his music is addicting!!!

Nguyen Huyen Thuong
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Nguyen Huyen Thuong

S?n Tùng M-TP- The pride of Vietnam <3

gaim
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gaim

Thanhs very much!S2

rose
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rose

thank you eurovision.. <3
#SonTungMTP

D
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D

#sontungmtp

Elley
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Elley

Son Tung M-TP

EUROFAN MEXICO
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EUROFAN MEXICO

ESTA GENIAL THAT GREATH

Thu
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Thu

#SonTungMTP #VietNam

K
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K

#sontungmtp

Hoai Nguyen
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Hoai Nguyen

very niceeeee =)) thank u for inviting him to #EurovisionAsia ^^ He’s the most talented singer I know ^^

G-dragon
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Son tung M-TP
1: Em cua ngay hom qua
2: Chung ta không thu?c ve nhau
3: Lac troi
4: Noi nay co anh
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G-dragon
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Son tung M-TP

Alex
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Alex

Son Tung M-TP, him absolutely worthy

ngntrnqnh
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ngntrnqnh

GREAT!!!

Tâm Thanh
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Tâm Thanh

Is a great singer, he has good morals and he deserves fame over the territory of Vietnam I am proud to be his Sky – His fan

Tâm Thanh
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Tâm Thanh

Thank you so much Wiwiblog. In my opinion, Son Tung is a great singer, he has good morals and he deserves fame over the territory of Vietnam I am proud to be his Sky – His fan 🙂

H??ng
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H??ng

From Vi?t Nam ??
Plz invite him, he is very talented

Hoang Khuyen Dang
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Hoang Khuyen Dang

He is absolutely worthy to be VietNam ‘s representative at this contest <3 <3 <3 because he is SON TUNG M-TP- our pride <3 <3 <3

Hien Nguyen Thanh
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Hien Nguyen Thanh

Thank you very much for this information! #SonTungMTP is a excellent singer and song-writter of VN. His success is the symbol for young generation who always try to get their dream. We hope he can stand on the stage of #EuroVisionAsia and devoted an unbelievable performance which attract all audiences. Team #SonTungMTP

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Wonderful artist and video! Absolutely love the fusion of ancient and modern music…very well done…he definitely needs to go to ESC Asia! Let’s hope Vietnam participates! 🙂

Hieu Tran
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Hieu Tran

Thank you very much for writing about him. In Vietnam, his fandom named “SKY” and we are exciting to watch his performance at EAS Contest!!!!

Huong
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Huong

I am excited to watch the contest if Son Tung MTP will join it. Love him so much!

YellowRose
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Greetings from USA! “More than 600 millions views on youtube.” “Strangely irresistible.” “won the coveted MTV Award for Best Southeast Asia act.” Why you must be talking about none other than Son Tung M-TP! <3

Ana Clara
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Ana Clara

He is a great artist, the videos are always well produced as well as the songs ?? I am from Brazil

Bella
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Bella

Omg!! I’m so happy to read this! This guy is definitely going places! I hope he performs in ESC Asia 🙂

Lisa Tung
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Lisa Tung

He is a wonderful artist, and he has fans all over the world cheering for him, we in Brazil are doing his best to get him nominated

Dan
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Dan

@Polska He is a male. You can search him on facebook with the name M-TP ( his fan page ) or S?n Tùng M-TP Official ( his channel ) on Youtube

Priscilla
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Priscilla

Check out his hit L?c Trôi

D
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D

I first heard “Chung ta khong thuoc ve nhau” when everyone was saying it ripped off Charlie Puth, and I actually ended up really liking the song. I’d love to see him representing Vietnam, it might persuade me to actually follow the contest.

Vi Vân
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Thank you for writing about him.. <3 He has a lot of fans, His fandom's name is "Sky", they support him very enthusiastically. He is not only talented but also a good guy. He has inspired many young people in Vietnam. He also has many other good songs . Hope you guys like it . ^^ – Chung ta khong thuoc ve nhau – We don't belong together ( 2016 ) – Noi nay co anh – I'm here for you ( 14/2/2017) – Remember Me ( 2015 ) – Khuon mat dang thuong – Pitiful Face. ( 2015) –… Read more »

Kiai
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Kiai

A well written article giving useful insights into this outstanding young artist’s career. Thank you for putting so much effort into writing it. What I find so remarkable about him is his positive outlook on life. Whenever he gets the chance, he encourages people to stay positive, to be brave, to focus on the bright side even when facing hardship or failure. Hardships are challenges, failures are lessons to him. Even when wronged, he stays polite and open-minded while continuing to work diligently. Needless to say that his personality and passion for his work is reflected by the quality of… Read more »

Kinie
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Kinie

That was beautiful. It’s what i’m expecting to see in Asian ESC tbh.

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

Love this contest already!! His newer music is pretty good. You can hear Kpop and UK/US pop influence.

Kinie
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Kinie

K-pop? i could not hear anything tbh, and that’s why i liked it. You could feel the traditional asian influence in the song and video. Each to his own i guess.

Polska
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Polska

Its the person a he or she or a they?

Nancy G
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Nancy G

He’s all man. That video was just very artistic and deliberately provocative. He’s really cute. Check out his Instagram!

escphbelgium
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escphbelgium

*Facepalm intensifies*

Bella
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Bella

He’s a very gorgeous man who knows how to rock long hair and a man bun! 🙂