Beat Generation 90s Singers: Drug Abuse, Suicide and Fraud Scandals
Mao Ning, Na Ying, Tian Zhen, Chen Lin, Sun Yue, Xie Dong, Han Xiao, Chen Shaohua, Man Wen Jun … … This is a bunch of names who have witnessed the Chinese pop music’s most brilliant time in last 1990s. But after entering the 21st century, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan Signers` entry into mainland, the sudden rising of talent singers and network singers, these mainland singers growing with music video get back to the second line. Few of them made outstanding contribution; part of them just show faces at the Spring Festival Gala; most of them completely disappeared from public view. And in recent years, many of them are linked together with such shocking words as drug abuse and suicide.
Chinese Singer/Model Zhang Mi, also known as MiMi Zhang, has reportedly been arrested on suspected fraud charges amounting to $1.5 Million Yuan.
Photos have been posted on Weibo showing the singer come model being arrested at an at Beijing airport after being suspected of trying to flee the country to avoid arrest for the charges.]The 45 year old model came to national attention in 1990 when she won a CCTV-sponsored national singing competition, aged 24.
After several years of success and fame, Zhang disappeared from the public eye in 1994, after a serious dispute with influential singer Mao Ning over a song’s copyrights. Zhang reportedly left China and travelled to more than 20 countries. She returned to the limelight in 1999 becoming the first Chinese singer to take up modeling.
October 31 2009, mainland singer Chen Lin (陈琳) jumped to her death from Dongba Olympic Garden building 701 9th floor (in Beijing).
Chen Lin’s body was found in a garden under the residential building at around 6 in the morning. Many people speculated Chen Lin was always deeply troubled and depressed by her love life and relationships which could be the reason of her death.
Chen moved to Beijing from Chongqing in the early 90s. She released a total of seven albums, and her debut titled I Never Know Your Heartthrob (Ni De Rou Qing Wo Yong Yuan Bu Dong) sold over one million copies, according to sina.com.
Chen followed up her success by being appointed the first “Green Ambassador” by China Environmental Protection Foundation and was the first pop singer to hold a concert in front of the Potala Palace, on the Tibetan Plateau in 2000. However, she has spent little time in public since 2007.
Former Chinese singer Hong Dou has been arrested for molesting again this year. The 41-year-old, whose real name is Wang Liyong, Hong Dou was detained in a hotel in Baotou city in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Hong Dou was convicted by a Beijing court in 2002 on child molestation charges.
Hong Dou was Faye Wong’s first boyfriend. They were dating when the superstar was a teenager and before she headed to Hong Kong.
Xie Dong – detained for drug abuse
XIE DONG, a well-known Chinese pop singer, has been detained again for drug abuse, according to police in Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan Province. This was the third time that Xie was detained for drug abuse. The 48-year-old pop song singer, who won his fame for his hit song of “Smile” in the 1990s, was first caught in 2007, and for the second time in 2008.
Xie served as an anti-drug volunteer in a number of local anti-drug activities, after his first detention. His singing career has been dampened by the drug scandals.
The public image of pop singer Man Wenjun is that of a responsible man whose name is generally associated with charity work. He’s most famous for the sappy 1997 song “Understanding You” (懂你), and his career has been unmarred by scandal. he was arrested for drug use during a raid on Coco Banana, a nighclub located outside the west gate of the Workers’ Stadium.
became China’s first openly gay performer after getting stabbed by his then-boyfriend – and thus outed.