C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese popular music, a loosely defined musical genre by artists originating from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Others come from countries where the Chinese language is used by a large number of the population, such as Singapore and Malaysia. C-pop is sometimes used as an umbrella term covering not only Chinese pop but also R&B, ballads, Chinese rock, Chinese hip hop and Chinese ambient music, although Chinese rock branched off as a separate genre during the early 1990s. Chinese R&B was pioneered by Alex To in the 1990s, but has since been used as the major composition style for artists such as Su Xing, Jay Chou, Wei Chen, David Tao, Khalil Fong and Leehom Wang. There are currently three main subgenres within C-pop: Cantopop, Mandopop and Hokkien pop. The gap between cantopop and mandopop has been narrowing in the new millennium.
Contributions by Benjwong, Timmyshin, and Yhjow.