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City karaoke chains hitting the right note
By Pan Zheng

TALENT shows have captured the public imagination in recent years around the globe - whether it's "Britain's Got Talent," "America's Got Talent" or "China's Got Talent."

So do you think you've got what it takes in the talent stakes?

Singing is ever-popular on these shows. Everyone can sing to some extent - whether a top diva or an elderly neighbor humming away while taking care of their flowers.

In China, karaoke is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. There is a Chinese saying that talent is found among the people. Mindful of this, karaoke is a perfect way to hone your talent. So if you're gifted and full of enthusiasm, maybe your hours spent at karaoke could see you become the next Paul Potts or Susan Boyle.

Here are some city options.

Haoledi KTV

Founded in Taiwan in 1993, Haoledi entered the Shanghai market in 1998. It now has more than 30 branches in the city and is a popular option with young people.

It has eight kinds of rooms of different sizes and with different facilities - from the smallest Mini Box for two to three people to the Broadway/Grammy Box with bars and a dance floor which can hold a company department for its party night.

Haoledi outlets are equipped with high-end and professional stereo equipment, allowing guests to adjust tones, microphone effects and create background sounds through the touch screen.

Prices vary depending on the time and room types. While evenings and weekends prices are usually higher, it's still at the middling level among big karaoke brands in the city.

Haoledi may be the first karaoke chain in the country to charge by the hour instead of the number of songs.

Tel: 6311-5858

Check www.haoledi.com for outlet and price detail.

Party World

Another karaoke brand founded in Taiwan, Party World has 18 branches on Chinese mainland, including six in Shanghai.

Its database features more than 50,000 songs covering many styles and is frequently updated.

Its high-end stereo equipment can let amateurs sound like professional singers, with a microphone effect named "magic sound" making perfect pitch singing a piece of cake, say fans.

A buffet is also available.

Prices are a little higher than other karaoke chains, but top-quality facilities and service still make it one of the best choices in the city.

Tel: 6374-1111

Go to www.cashboxparty.com for more and booking.


A very young brand under the Jolly100 company, V-Show opened its first outlet in Shanghai near the People's Square in May and now has three branches in Huangpu, Hongkou and Xuhui districts.

Decor featuring unique cartoon style and old Shanghai style in the hall leaves customers with a deep first impression.

The newcomer has attracted lots of attention with its special theme boxes. Each has a cartoon theme - such as Hello Kitty, Doraemon and Slam Dunk - which will give guests a distinctive experience.

Positioned as a high-end karaoke chain for young people, prices are in keeping with similar outlets.

So, if you are bored with standard karaoke decor, V-Show will definitely bring you an unforgettable visual impact.

Tel: 5425-7999

Website: www.jolly100.com

Fame Karaoke Club

Considered by many as Shanghai's most luxurious KTV, Fame is one of the top karaoke clubs in Asia. It opened in Shanghai's high-end entertainment complex Xintiandi in 2010.

With unique decoration, professional audio equipment that can create a concert effect and classy VIP service, Fame promises to drive the KIV manias crazy and make the party more fun.

Due to its central location and fancy facilities, prices at Fame are relatively higher than other KTV venues in town.

Address: 3/F, South Block, Xintiandi, 123 Xingye Rd

Tel: 6384-9995

Customer Service: (86-21) 52920164