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China's 'Milli Vanilli' law

From China Daily:

"Professional performers who cheat their audiences by lip-synching or pretending to play their instruments at "live" shows are likely to face stiff penalties from next year, an official from the Ministry of Culture said on Wednesday.
People who perform for profit should not cheat audiences with fake singing or pretending to play instruments, as has been the case in the past, she said.

Individuals or organizations caught doing so twice or more within a two-year period will have their business licenses revoked, she said".

That's most popular 'singers', and an awful lot of musicians in trouble then. Being a grumpy old man, I am great believer in the ability to play live being the acid test of a musician. Mind you, will the law cover the likes of sampling, pre-programmed keyboards, drum machines etc?

Here's the tale of Milli Vanilli, for those who were either too young or were not paying attention at the time.

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Blogger Old BE said... 1:50 pm

Will it be retrospective? Slight hypocrisy from the government that brought us a faked Olympic opening ceremony...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:07 pm

Good point.  

Blogger James Higham said... 3:58 pm

I should think a few people might actually support China on this one.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:43 pm

It has the scope to add greatly to the gaiety of the nation - their and ours - I feel.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:10 am

I never give money to buskers who are using visible electronic aids.

But then I'm a grumpy old git too.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:15 am

Anon - Sounds reasonable to me.  

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